CCNA Material – What you ought to Ace the Exam

The CCNA Certification Exam (640-802 CCNA) has evolved over time and it is no longer sufficient to just rely on one kind of CCNA study material (usually books) to prepare for the exam. I will outline several CCNA preparation materials which are crucial if you wish to ace the exam through self-study.
1. CCNA Books
I regard CCNA books as the must-have resource for CCNA exam preparation. The Sybex books (Todd Lammle) and the Cisco Press titles (exam preparation and self-study) are the most popular and authoritative. Ensure that you get a book that is up to date with the latest exam syllabus.
2. CCNA Lab Simulation or Lab Equipment
Given the amount of focus on the 2-3 CCNA simulation questions in the actual exam, it is important to get some good hands-on experience in the configuration of Cisco IOS devices. If you are lucky enough to get usage of actual lab equipment, that might be ideal. However, for the typical CCNA candidate real equipment wouldn’t normally be an option. Thankfully there are a few cost effective CCNA simulators around which cover sufficient ground for the exam.
3. Practice Exams
Time management is extremely important through the CCNA exam. Typically you will have to answer 50-60 questions in a 90 minute period. This includes 2-3 simulation questions and many other time consuming questions. The very best practice exams have a simulation engine to allow to get a feel for the real exam. A few of the good CCNA books also come included with a simulation engine and practice test questions.
4. Audio/Video CCNA Material (Optional)
Although I have marked this as optional, I have found that many CCNA candidates have hardly any time to study for the exam, due to other commitments. One extremely useful way I have found is to study through the long commute to work or school. Nowadays there are packages that you can buy which let you place the CCNA study material (in an audio and/or video form) on an iPod or other media device to review on the go. I have also found that it is much easier to soak up the material presented in an audio format, not to mention that it is very convenient to just skip back to the final chapter on an iPod.

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