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 Passed CCNA with 989
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Posted - Jul 01 2001 :  1:40:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Took the exam on Friday, 29th and passed with 989. Exam wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Studied for two weeks, have real world experience, and a practice lab with Cisco routers and switches. Also used Lammle's CCNA book and EE5.5. For Pete's sake know your OSI and bridging/switching. That should be the easiest stuff to learn and the questions on the test covering those subjects were gimmies. I'm talking at least 30 questions on the test between those two subjects alone. There were 2 subnetting questions, one wanted to know the host range of a class B and the other wanted to know the last host for a given IP and subnet mask. If you don't have access to a router at least make sure you pay attention to the router output pages in Lammle's book. You'll get shown the output of a router on startup and they'll ask a straightforward questions about the output. They'll have the output broken down into 4 or 5 sections (A, B, C, etc.) and you have to pick the letter that corresponds to what they're asking. Nothing hard, but you do have to know the initial output screens. There's about 10 questions on Frame Relay, ISDN, and the other WAN protocols. Know how to create a subinterface (e0.1), PAP & CHAP, DLCI's. Know how a basic data tranfer is completed (call setup, data transfer, call termination). Know encapsulation/decapsulation (if you know OSI, you should know this automatically), ((data, segment, packet, frame, bits)). You'll have 5-6 questions on IPX, like node and address, select a correctly formatted mac address out of examples they give you. Know SAP's for IPX and what they do. Oh, and you HAVE to know the Frame Types and their associated cisco keywork (Ex:Ethernet_802.3 = novell-ether), you'll have a drag-and-drop and a couple of questions on those. Know the two different way to add a secondary address under IPX. Probably another 10 or 12 questions on IOS commands. And on the OSI, don't forget about the Cisco and DOD equivalents. I got a question on each of those. Know that OSPF is a link state protocol. Couple of questions on STP (nothing hard) and VLAN (nothing hard), just basic stuff. Know that dynamic and static are what shown in a routing table. Know the whole section in Lammle's book about Routing loops, (only a couple of pages) I got asked 4-5 questions on that. For IOS, know that freaking order that a router boots up in, the hex numbers that make it boot from ROM (2101 and 0101)and backing up and restoring the IOS, running config and start config to a tftp server, those are also gimmies. Know that Ctrl+Shift+6, then X keeps your remote telnet session open, but shifts you back to your console terminal sceen.

I know that a lot of junk and I hopefully worded it so I'm not breaking any NDA's. But I liked it when people would give you a feel for what was generally on the exam and I'm just trying to return the favor. Good luck on the exam!

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