Just passed the ICND1 earlier today. Mainly used the cisco press book (by wendell odom) as a resource. I've been doing server admin/dev work for a while and passed the Network+ about 3 weeks ago so that helped with general ip/subnet/routing knowlege. It was mostly the cisco-specific stuff that I didn't know.
Without getting too specific, if you use books to study - just be prepared for some questions that the book doesn't cover. So far this is true with every cert. exam I've taken... books are good for 95% of the stuff.. but it's that 5% that always throws a curve ball
Some tips also:
- Learn binary. Live, eat and breath it!
- VLSM isn't part of the official exam, but it helps give you a good understanding of subnetting. Plus you need to know it for ICND2
- Subnetting was on a LOT of the questions I had. It's no joke when they say it is important. If you are the least bit unsure about it - delay your test if you can and practice some more!
- Simulators aren't the real thing.. but they can go a long way.
- Avoid cram-study-sessions. It is better to learn material and not just cram it into your brain for the hour during the test. That works in high school and college, but not the real world!
- Be prepared to get VERY mad at the test engine. Seriously. I know of 2-3 questions I was pretty sure I got wrong and the very next question answered them in the actual question text. It drove me nuts! I wish it had a back button! lol
If you pass the test:
- Make sure you check on the certification tracker for any supporting requirements that you need to agree to. I did mine just now after seeing someone else mention them and within 2 minutes I got the "you've been certified!" email. Not sure if it was a coincidence or not - but its good to double check either way.
Anyway, good luck to everyone! Next up, ICND2
Congratulations on your CCENT achievement and thanks for sharing your study approach/experience!
To help you prepare for your ICND2 exam, be sure to use the resources found on this site. You can find recommended training, Quick Learning Modules, Study Documents, and more in the ICND2 Study/Learn page. The Games Arcade page contains games (for subnet, binary, etc) that can help supplement your learning experience.
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Learn binary. Live, eat and breath it!
I bet you do not know about Magic Number way. Do you know about Decimal Magic number technique?
it much faster and easier than Binary. and speed matters during exam.
After all, all IP addresses appear in decimal format. Why would you want to convert Decimal to Binary, do And-ing thing, and convert it back to Decimal to answer question? it seems like too much work!
Research magic number way.
If we could go back or "save it for later" , it would be too easy to pass exam.
lol yep I do. However, even with the magic number technique you still need to know about the binary place values (2,4,8,16...256) and the binary system in general to truly understand ip addressing/subnetting. Plus it's useful to know why 11100000 = 224 = /3.
Thanks for your thoughts, guys!
A couple webinars that you might want to check out. One on "self-study" with VIP Keith Barker: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-13877 (recording available). And this coming Thursday we are going be doing another one on "best practices for exam prep" with another VIP Anthony Sequeira. Both feature an education expert: Stephanie Burns.
So, when will you receive your certification? and How?? and How much cost this Exam ? Thank you
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