How long should I study for CCNA?

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My classes end next week.

How long should I plan to study for the CCNA?  2 weeks?  A month?

Re: How long should I study for CCNA?
I would review whatever you didn't understand very well.  Email your
instructor any questions you may have had.

I took CCNA in two steps, first the CCENT ICND1 test, and passed on
the first try (it was mostly a review of the "old" CCNA material).  It
took me about 2 months to study and review.

Now I'm finishing my self-study of ICND2 material (I had CCNA about 7
years ago, but it was worthless after the dot-com bust...this version
of CCNA has more teeth than the older versions...hopefully it will get
more respect, too).

 I took 6 months to study the ICND2 material, but I was busy with
other things (namely full-time work).  I am glad the "new" CCNA covers
a lot more practical applications and material, namely WAN links, VLAN
setups, and IPv6.

Unfortunately the local instructor center did not put me at ease;  I
told the owner that I ran my own business, and he was drooling at the
idea of getting me to hire some of their graduates;  it seems there is
a glut of newly-graduated (and unemployed) Cisco certified individuals
in the area.  

I concluded that I'll take ICND2, get CCNA again, see where that takes
me, and if it doesn't help my prospects, then I'll never take Cisco
again (unless one of my future employer pays for it, which seems to be
a pipe dream nowadays; from my experiences in the work force I've seen
zero investment in corporate "human resources").

Good luck,

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I would think you would be taking it now! The whole point behind the class
is to prep you for the test. I wouldn't think additional studying would be

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Well, I still need to go back and study stuff from the beginning (OSI
model, etc.)

But even then, we can get discount vouchers for the exam, but not
until we finish the courses.

Re: How long should I study for CCNA?
On Wed, 06 May 2009 07:01:50 -0500, Mitch wrote:

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You study until you feel comfortable all that new info is properly filed
away in that grey matter! Those classes move quickly, and not everything
is recalled well enough to pass test questions.

I will warn you that of the over 31 students that started in CCNA1, only
half made it to ccna2. Only 11 of 11 passed CCNA4 final exam, and of
those, only 8 obtained their CCNA Cert. Although everyone took the test
at least once. I know one person in particular who, almost a year later,
still tells me he's going to take the cert test again, but he never will.
He's waited too long.

There are numerous online sample tests, and I recall some suggested study
guides on the Netacad site including a cert study guide that included a
sample exam. I know the old CCNA Cisco Press ICND2 book came with a CD
with a great sample exam and flashcard program on it.

Do sub-net calculations again... and again... and again... and when your
done, do some more. You should be able to look at and know
instantly what /# number goes there, and visa versa. If you're still
trying to do long-hand subnet calculations on your Cert exam, you will
not have time to complete the timed exam. And you should be able to look
at a netmask of and know that subnet IPs are in multiples
of 64. So that when you look at an IP address, you will be able to
quickly identify  the network and broadcast IP's on that subnet.

Also, the voucher test is a double edged sword. IF you feel you are
really hot, and you are going to pass the test the first time, then use
the voucher. However, the test centers usually have a 2 for 1 price. If
you don't pass the test the first time, you can retake it for free. This
will actually work out cheaper than using the voucher if you need to take
the test twice to pass. Of the people in my class, only 1 passed the exam
on the first try.

Good luck!

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I'm thinking of starting my CCNA, i managed to pass uni in networking
last year but i never got the chance to do the CCNA modules (only cisco
WLAN and network security modules), they bipassed the CCNA 1 + 2 to
allow us to do them... let me say uni was a bit of a struggle, but i
came away with a 2:1 in the end :). In my current employment i work a
lot with ciscos and i feel a bit embarrased sometimes that i don't fully
understand subnetting etc in great detail.

While we are on this subject, what's the best way of accomplishing CCNA
1, would i need to go to night classes at college, or is it possible to
complete it all online? I would imagine that would be more difficult,
not being able to ask questions etc.

I live in the UK btw.

Re: How long should I study for CCNA?
Our local community college jams the whole CCNA Discovery (4
semesters) into one academic year.  8 weeks per course.

My CCNA exam is scheduled for next week.

I'll say this:  I have a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering,
and I've never failed a test in my life.

I took 2 practice CCNA exams and failed them both.
I'm freaking out.

I think my biggest problem is information overload.
For example, I've got STP and OSPF all jumbled together, in terms of
electing a root bridge, electing a designated router, etc.

If the exam were just going to ask me to spew facts and tidbits, I'd
probably ace it.  But it's not going to do that.  And it shouldn't.

The friend I'm going to take the exam with has his A+ and N+, and he's
been working in IT for a few years.  I'm sure he'll pass it, but my
confidence level is very low right now.

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