I am preparing to write the CCNA 640-801 exam. I am wondering if anyone can
tell me approximately how many Sim Questions I can expect and, how well the
sims recognize command shortcuts (ex. sh instead of show). I am using the
selftest simulation exam and It only has 2 or three different simulation
questions and they are pretty basic. Setting password on vty and console
ports etc. Should I expect anything more elaborate on the real exam?
Yes, the sim questions on the exam are much more complicated. They will
not be solvable through simple memorization of command sequences. They
were multi-part in my exam, and multiple steps were required to solve
some parts. You fix A, to find out that B is also broken, and then fix
B. (And debugging doesn't work)
Looking at the network will tell you more than the question will. The
questions will be more along the lines of "its broke, fix it", and a
console will be provided to one or multiple hosts.
You need to know how the protocols make decisions and pass updates
(OSPF in particular), not just what commands are required to configure
Command shortcuts seemed to work fine. But advanced editing commands
did not. ^a and esc-b were not functional for example. Though I believe
filtering output with "incl" was functional.
I found the the exam questions on cisco.com/go/prepcenter to be most
I have taken the exam twice and failed both. The first time I was thrown off
by the interface and how it worked. The second time I took it I was more
confident and I got through two of the simulations without a problem.
However when I got to the third simulation I wasn't able to access one of
the serial interfaces. I had twenty minutes to work on it but I could not
get it to work. I feel that the simulations are key and you must pass them
all. I was very confident as to the multiple choice and felt I didn't miss
many of them but I didn't pass. The last simulation was the final question
as well. I think that if I had done a "copy run start" and submitted the
question with what changes I had made already I might have passed. But time
ran out and I don't think the work I had already done was submitted.
You can get between 2-3 simulation questions and they are definately
much harder than setting passwords and so on. You will more than likely
be a given a network that is not working correctly and be asked to
configure it so that it does work. Each simulation takes about 20mins
to complete and you effectively cannot pass the exam without getting
My advise is to take your time reading the question and, if need be,
writing down the key pieces of information, rather than rushing into
If you take your time and work methodically you should be ok.
And remember to save your config after you make the changes. You will
lose marks if you don't execute a copy run start and the question asks
for your changes to be saved.
That's not true! At least, not with PIERCE AND VUE. You have to do each
simulation in less than 5 minutes and blitz out the rest of the questions.
The exam itself recommends that you do not spend more than 10 minutes per
On the other hand, the simulation is not setup to test your knowledge. It's
a confusing interface set-up on purpose to fail you!
Thank you! It's funny to see that I wrote the same thing above. I am
replying as I am reading.
Make sure to test the pen and paper they give you. It's very hard to take
notes using that garbage! Ask for as many sheets as you can get. They will
give you only one at a time.