Failed CCNA on first attempt... any suggestions?

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I failed on my first attempt. I managed to score a 745, even though I
ran out of time. I need to manage my time more closely. What is the
average time I should spend on the single and multiple choice
questions? I was thinking one minute for each since I need to conserve
my time with the sims.

I have taken a boot camp (last month) and read through lammels book,
but I am going to re-read some chapters. Also, I used two different
exan sims, mesureup (came with the boot camp) and the simulator from
RouterSim, but I will tell you this, they were not EVEN slose to any of
the real questions. If there is anything else that can help me over the
next week, that would be good.

Also, what are some good cram resources? I have several things now,
just looking for more.

I failed it yesterday (Nov. 27th), and scheduled another examination
for the monday afterwards. If I fail again, I am going to ask my boss
if I can have another month or so to study more.

I ahve to be honest, I have done nothing BUT study for the last month
and a halfl. I basically have no life :)


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---I failed the first time I took the CCNA exam and also had a problem with
time management.  The second time I took it I was ready for the time
constraint.  Not sure how much time I would recommend spending on each
question.  I would make sure that you don't waste a lot of time on
questions that you just end up guessing on anyways.  How many questions did
you have left when time expired?

It sounds like you have all the study materials you need.  I would just
concentrate on studying up on the areas you were weak on and give it another
shot.  How much hands on experience do you have with Cisco gear?

Just remember, this a difficult test and A LOT of people fail it once or
twice.  Just don't get frustrated, stick with it, and you will pass.


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Well, I had about 20 questions left when I saw that I had about 18
minutes left for the test. ONE of those was a sim I skipped, which I
should not have done. I rushed through it and managed to get to the end
and almost got to answer the last question before it timed out.

I do have access to our production equipment and some older
router/switches in the office.

I was pretty down on myself since I was doing well on some practice
exams, which I am not going to be using very much now. They weren't
even close to the real thing.

I will just keep trying. I *WILL* pass it! :)

Re: Failed CCNA on first attempt... any suggestions?

  Have you considered the two part test? Intro then ICND. I have heard
from several sources that there is not enough time given to take the
one test option.

  This is the route I plan on taking.

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" ran out of time "
Do you know how many people have failed because of that?
Even if you manage to pass, you will have to go through the same thing every
3 years.
What's the point of spending the money for cisco? Cisco is greedy for money!
You have studied hard, you know your stuff (745 is a very good result), so
my suggestion is:

Chill buddy!!!
Hello Erik, no worries, i m also preparing for ccna exam, and i wud
suggest you to visit all the sites that you can, namely,,,,, i
visited all these sites and came across the questions, that i cud never
even imagine of, like how do you test the router cpu usage, the command
is : sh cpu utilization, and also the question that i cud not solve
was, how do you disable the vtp on a switch and this question was a
simuation based, i tried no vtp command in config mode but no luck the
answer to this question was that you make the switch as transparent to
disable the vtp on that particular switch.

I have not yet taken the ccna exam, just peparing hard :-)
Try gathering more no. of questions from all the possible sites.
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Re: Chill buddy!!!
When I took my CCNA a couple of years ago, I told myself I wouldn't take
the exam until I read Todd's book 3 times in a row, and thats what I
did. I did pass first time, but that is a little luck too.

For the best emulator/sim, check out dynamips/dynagen. This uses real
Cisco IOS's, so you do need one.

Good luck.

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