Hi friends!. I have to write my CCNA exam soon. I have to start preparing from now. I have CCENT and CCNA bboks with me. Also downloaded the GNS3 simulator. Just guide me as to how to prepare for the exam and what all i need to do to get dtrong in topics and do well in the exam. Thanks.
Read the books. Take it a chapter at a time, do the quiz at the start of each chapter, and then do it again once you've read the chapter to see how much is sinking in.
Learn to subnet, learn how binary works, how it works in terms of decimal notation for IP addresses and masks. Practice, practice practice until you can do it quickly, where you can look at say a /19 and near instantly be able to work out the mask, the number of hosts, network address & broadcast address.
Watch some vid's. You can buy from various sources, there are lots of free vids on YouTube too. Search online, read the cisco site.
Browse the Cisco Learning Network website for material for CCENT / CCNA, there's lots of info online. You can buy extra materials from the CLN / Cisco Press site too if you need to.
Practice each subject, each topic, read the key topics, do the practice exams that come with the books. Play around with GNS3, real hardware if you can also helps. Maybe get a simulator for switches, or buy a cisco 2950 second hand for switch practice (GNS3 only does routers, although some routers have a switch module).
Read the questions people post on here, and see if you can answer them, or contribute. If not read and soak it up.
Practice, practice, practice, read, absorb, lab, practice, repeat. Until you are confident that you can take the exam and pass.
It's important to get labs to practice the necessary skills and know the configuration tasks by heart. There are tons of labs out there at no cost, just choose them wisely. Look for ones mapped to the CCENT/CCNA exam blueprint, as well as ones that have annotated step-by-step answers, which explains the "why" of the process.
In addition to the suggestions above, you will find a handful of resources here in the Cisco Learning Network that can help you prepare for the CCNA exam. If you check out the Study/Learn page, you will find recommended training and a list of resources that include Videos, Quick Learning Modules, Study Documents, and more.
Best of luck to you in your studies!
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I just wanted to let you know that i have ICND1 and a CCNA book with me. ICND1 & ICND2 CBT NUGGETS by Jeremy Cioara. GNS3 software.I just have to use these tools to study. Have started watching the CBT videos. Really good.
I wouldn't worry about GNS3 for ICND1, you can do everything with Cisco Packet Tracer. For ICND2 you can still mostly get away with Packet Tracer.
CCIE and VIP, Anthony Sequeira led a pretty good webinar on best practices for the day of the exam that you might check out. I learned some pretty cool stuff from it.
I ahve been watching Jeremy Cioara's CBT videos and it is really good. Was wondering if there is any site where i can get some lab questions with some objectives and scenarios. This way i can practice using GNS3.
Hi Vipin, Read the book, take notes and once you finished the chapter watch CBT videos and also take note it will help you a lot and for subnetting practice try this "http://www.subnettingquestions.com".
Thanks friends. That website is good and has lot of subnetting questions. I will use that. Where can i get complete scenario questions with objectives to accomplish. Like build a network with this many subnets and hosts per subnet and such things.