CCNA - 801 experience.

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Hi all
   My 2 cents worth for the CCNA (640-801) aspirants.

   Took the exam today and passed with score in the 900s.

   Here are some tips, in case you need them.

   a. Expect the exam to be thorough content-wise and difficult to
finish within the alloted time.

   b. High pass % (85%). So, you have to get around
47 correct answers out of 55 questions. Always keep this in mind.

   c. Focus areas.
      a. Be very thorough in ip addressing/subnets etc.,
     * Got an entire simulation question on this.
         * Got many questions on this.
      b. Lots of switching questions.
         * Be very clear on collision domains/broadcast domains
         * VLANs - general ideas, recognize correct config etc.,
         * Basic idea of VTP
         * Trunking - many questions based on this. 802.1q.
         * Ideas on bridge Id - priority
      c. Lots of routing questions.
         * Very clear on RIPv1,v2 - what it supports
         * OSPF, IGRP and EIGRP - know to a good extent.
         * DV and LS type distinction
         * OSPF areas - backbone, RID, etc.,
     * route summarization and auto summarization - diffs
      d. Lots of FR questions, some ISDN dialer questions.
      e. Many ACL, NAT questions also came.

    d. Other stuff:
      a. Many questions deal with scenarios - application of knowledge
rather than just plain testing of knowledge - many questions require
you to apply concepts from multiple areas - switching, routing etc., -
Know your stuff - no shortcuts.
      b. It helped to write down subnet bits etc., in the scratch pad.
      c. Pace yourself - always keep time in mind. 10 mins per
simulation is the max - you get around 3 simulations and many drag/drop
questions - no fill in the blanks questions for me.
      d. Read question carefully and fully - some trick questions.

    e. Prep stuff: (All comments here are my personal views)
      a. Wendell odom book(2004 edition) is the best resource.
do all the prep questions/simulations and you should be good.
      b. Lamle book mainly for subnetting and practice exams.
      c. MUST DO practice tests - cisco netsim and lamle's routersim.
      d. Semsim was practically useless for my prep. Lots of errors.

    f. To expect no surprises, just work hard/know your stuff/work fast
in the exam.

Thanks
Sri



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What is DV and LS?  Unfamaliar with this terminology.

RB



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Distance-Vector and Link-State routing protocols. Become VERY familiar
with them if you are to pass any CCNA or CCNP exams...


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Thanks for the tips, and congrats.

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When I took it the pass mark was 849 IIRC so I assume it's the same and
you are taking that to be about 85%.  IIRC some exams, like the CompTIA
ones have possible scores from 300 to 1000 which suggests that you get
300 points just for turning up and being able to use a computer.  Do we
know for sure that Cisco exams have possible scores all the way from 0
to 1000?
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Cisco is the same. It's a range from 300 to 1000, 849 is passing.


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So I make that actually being about 78% pass mark really then.



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I passed with score 931 !!!!

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