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    hi! im new here would like to pass the ccna exam with self study with no experience. i have the book you first mentioned and packet tracer. would that be enough if i play through those?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eck0wable View Post
    hi! im new here would like to pass the ccna exam with self study with no experience. i have the book you first mentioned and packet tracer. would that be enough if i play through those?
    Go through the book, practice subnetting, set up stuff on packet tracer. Search for practice questions online. You should be good.
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    Does anyone have any recommendation for sites with published flash card decks for Cisco (and other) cert exams?

    I was playing around with online flash card makers and found www,StudyDroid.com. It has many flash card decks that people have made and are publicly available. Try searching the site with the name of a cert exam, topic, or vendor (ccna, ccnp, ceh, cissp, security, vmware etc.) and you'll see quite a few decks. Of course, the source and accuracy of this information is dubious at best, so don't regard them as original or gospel.
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    JD:

    Flashcardexchange has been recommended in the past.

    I like what you said about "dubious" as I have caught errors even in flash cards that I make myself.

    This has been my most effective way of using flash cards:
    - if I get any of the questions wrong in the book, then I make a flash card for them
    - if I do not understand one of the multiple choices in a multiple select answer, then I make a flash card for it
    - if I miss a term, then I make a flash card for it
    - if there is a configuration that I mess up, I make a flash card for it

    I ended up making this many for my cisco studies (thus far):
    1,200+ for CCNA (this isn't the true total, as I had a few that I made on index cards, which I don't have any more, I still have these electronic to count.)
    1,100+ for CCNA:Security
    250+ for ROUTE
    750+ for SWITCH

    I can GUARANTEE you that my flash cards have errors in them.
    They're made in cue card, but you can export the content to .CSV and import into your favorite program.

    I believe the reason I gave for not sharing them before is because I copied some text in the cards word-for-word from either Todd's book or any of the other Cisco press authors, and I did not include any citations or even a reference page. I feel that sharing them would possibly bring issues of copyright infringement. (Anyone legally minded and/or who slept in a Holiday Inn Express last night want to give a non-binding opinion on the matter?)

    Also, they are known to have ERRORS in them. If you know what is really going on, you laugh at the errors and continue. If you don't know, then you could be seriously misled.

    Hope this helps.
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    #130
    Would you say its a good idea to read 2 books at the same time?
    Say during work read Odoms book and at home read Lammles for example?
    OR would you say its better to just read one at a time?
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    It you get bored reading one then switch to reading the same subject in the other. I think you'll find that Lammle's is the more fun read.
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    Hi,
    Thanks for this thread. It is really inspiring. One question I have is, how do you study/learn for the ccent using the materials you have? For example, I have the Wendell Odom book, and have started reading the first chapter on TCP/IP. But do I make notes as I am going along, or do I read it through once, then the second time of reading through I make notes, or how do people tend to learn as I am not sure what sort of method to use?

    Thanks for any replies.
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    I don't think that there is any one way of studying....as everyone has different study times/habits, and processing of material faster/slower than others. I just passed my CCENT on Saturday. The most important thing I can tell you is that you do in fact have to be ready to read. Like he says.......it's not glamorous, but it's the truth. The way I approached Odom's book was to Go through all of the book, one chapter at a time. Record the chapter short quizes that I did as far as correct/incorrect answers. I also used secondary material from Video's that I purchased (Bryant CCNA material that I bought through Udemy.com(chose the material for the ICND1). Started doing practice exams, and went back over the problematic areas...by maybe re-reading the chapter or finding info within the videos that would help me understand the material even better. The most important thing while learning the material.....is in fact learning it. Knowing why something is to work or not to work. Once you have the grasp of that (trust me read the book) then you will be able to be a better engineer, and successfully pass the tests. Good luck!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodzilla G View Post
    I don't think that there is any one way of studying....as everyone has different study times/habits, and processing of material faster/slower than others. I just passed my CCENT on Saturday......
    Thank you for your quick reply, and congratulations on passing your test. That is exactly the sort of answer I was looking for, and seems like a really good way of approaching this exam. I will try it out and hopefully the large amount of reading will really work out in the end.
    Thanks again.
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    this is a complete guide for beginners.
    thank you
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    one of the best guides i've seen on the internet! really appreciate it! thanks!
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    #137
    I downloaded the NetworkSims demo and it's really awesome but doesn't seem to be up to date for the new CCENT/CCNA stuff. The demo hasn't been updated since June 2012. Is the live version more up to date? We're probably going to buy it anyway since it will help some of our more advanced Cisco people but I don't want to buy a license for me if it's not going to walk me through holding my hand .
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    hi i have passed ICND1 (old exam). its now September 3 2013, is it unrealistic and/or unachievable to suggest passing ICND2 before the September 30 2013 cut off date? that would give me about 15 study days. if i were to fail i would need the extra 5 days to be able to resit the same exam and hopefully pass before sep 30.. for those who have passed and studied for ICND2(old exam)... is this do able?

    thanks mark
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    #139
    Generally: I would recommend against it for most people

    However, you may have a lot of experience with equipment and/or theory. If you have the latter than the 15 day mark isn't a unrealistic thing.
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    thanks for the feedback.. i'm happy to wait for the new ICND2 exam i'm just a little worried about mixing it with the old ICND1 and having a whole chunk of topics/info going missing on me with the change in curriculum
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    Don't be worried about it. You should be happy about it, because the exam will better cover more advanced topics. It'll make you much more prepared for the real world over antique information
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    very good point. I agree in that respect.. in some ways a blessing in disguise .. the new exams seems like a b@ll breaker though haha
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    that's a good point. In that respect its some what a blessing in disguise. The new ICND2 looks to be a decent challenge though. tougher then the old by the looks of things..
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    One of the best things you can do before you attempt studying is not have kids! Argh! Haha.

    An important fact that should be noted in the OP!!! ()
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    One of the best things you can do before you attempt studying is not have kids! Argh! Haha.

    An important fact that should be noted in the OP!!! ()
    i agree with this HA HA, it took me longer than i wanted to be ready for this exam, had to really buckle down this year and ask the wife for some time and space to get it done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsgm View Post
    i agree with this HA HA, it took me longer than i wanted to be ready for this exam, had to really buckle down this year and ask the wife for some time and space to get it done.
    Yeah I've done that too but when there's tea to be made, dishes to be done etc its a nightmare because we both work. It is actually quite disheartening to read about all those that managed to do 3-5 hours a day and pass within a month! Absolutely no chance of that happening I've committed about 80% and have only managed 2 out of 5 sections of Odom's book in nearly a month!
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    Hi, I'm obviously new here so forgive me if this question might be out of place.

    I am wondering if internetworkingtraining.com is a valid way to study for the CCNA exam.

    From the looks of it, it's borderline brain dump territory but the site has a strict policy against it on the homepage.

    What are your thoughts?
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    Looks fishy for the simple reason that the offer zero information on their webpage. It's 2013, you can do do better than that.
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    Does anyone use mind maps? Odom heavily recommends them, I haven't been doing them up until now but my retainment of information isn't great and my notes are appalling so giving it a bash with opensource FreeMind.
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    Mind Maps are a little funky. I've researched them as a way to understand and retain information in the long term.

    Personally: I can't draw. I do see the value of these maps, but I don't see how it could be used for these certifications. It would be great to learn the high-level information. How things work, but as far as the small countless details. I don't.

    Do what you can to learn the information. Experiment. Get to know how you learn and what doesn't work. Keep in mind that the longer you work with the information, the better your chances to remember.

    If someone does have a mind map, share it! Make me eat my words
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