6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 4, 2012 1:37 PM by Rigo - Community Moderator RSS

    Passed ICND1, Some Tips For Prospective Test Takers

    Jeremy Steele

      Hey all,


      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