I actually failed the 640-801 for the second time today. Obviously I am not happy about it, but I need to start getting ready for the next test. Any advise in preparing, ie certain books or sims. Thanks johnmc
John, you're Scottish, right? Did you sit the exam in a university? I only ask because I noticed this name yesterday when I sat mine...
Ignore what everybody else says - I've just completed an honours degree in the computing science area. To pass the Cisco exam if you are actually capable of getting a job in networking you need a combination of~:
1) Studying the online Cisco net-academy material for at least a few months
2) Use past test answers, such as 'pass4sure'. You *must* know how an answer is derived, 'learning' brain-dumps is a disgusting way of passing the CCNA, so don't do it. If you do use the questions wisely I'd recommend it.
3) The new exam's not much different, in some respects easier. I mean come on, "What speed is an 802.11b LAN capable of?" - 11Mbps, not exactly hard if you're in touch wiht current technology networking trends.
Good luck for next time - don't rush to sit the exam again, it's 105 quid, so take your time.
I think a style of question which would be asked can be useful. I'm not suggesting that one learns off by heart real test answers, but instead takes, for example, a singular frame relay question to understand the level of detail in a question.
I do agree these products are very 'bad' morally, I do understand however why some people use them. At university you would be given 'past papers' to show example questions, without answers. I think not knowing the answer to sample questions is generally good for aiding in learning material in the correct manner for passing an exam. I don't however condone these useless CCNAers out there who don't know their arse from their elbow; which to be honest sounds like many people in this group.
I passed the CCNA exam last month and I was happy with the ExSim from Boson Software. The questions and answers are NOT a copy of a real exam, but you´ll need the same skill level to be able to pass a Boson ExSim and the real exams as well.