Understand the exam pattern
As a first step to prepare the exam it’s very important to understand the exam pattern. This will help in setting path for the preparation. The Cisco official certification guide will help in understanding the prerequisites, how many and what type of questions that you face in the exam. It also details the pattern of the exam and helps to categorize and concentrate on the topics.
Create plan for yourself
Before you start the preparation, it’s important to have a scheduled plan in place. It will help in achieving the goal in a more systematic and meaningful way. The plan should include schedule on below
- Look/Book a date and time to attend the exam
- How many hours can you dedicate for exam preparation in a day
- How much can you spend on your exam materials
- How well are you on exam subjects?
- Get into the Exam preparation course
- Though you have a good hand on and on job skills, it will be tuff to pass the exam in spite of different topics and pattern that may appear in the exam. So, its required to spend time with an experienced instructor to help you through the preparation before you appear for the exam.
Understand TCP/IP stack addressing and Data flow
To pass the CCNA certification, you should have a thorough understanding of TCP/IP stack addressing and how the data flows
Link Layer: Focus of study should be on Ethernet addressing at data access layer. You should have an understanding about MAC addresses
Internet Layer: Concentrate on IPV4 and IPV6 addressing and subnetting concepts as the test includes questions on these topics
Transport Layer: Memorize common port numbers like Http(80), https(443),Telnet(23) etc.
Attain basic understanding of the Cisco Command line Interface(CLI)
This exam includes questions on lab exercises and have questions on basic commands on configuration and investigative commands.
Attempting practice Exams
Though you have well prepared with the exam, it’s important to judge yourself by attempting some practice exams to gain confidence, attain experience, access yourself, and understand the pattern.
Be a member of the Online community
Being part of Online forums/communities will help in learning exam patterns and strategies and let you to know success and failure stories. This will help you to learn from the experience of others.
Have a Plan for your Exam-day
It’s important to have all the prerequisites ready for your exam. Don’t be panic/anxious, staying calm will help in memorizing the topics from your learnings and help in attempting and clearing the exam.
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