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 depend on one sort of CCNA study material (usually books) to get ready for the exam. I am going to outline several CCNA preparation materials which are essential if you wish to ace the exam through self-study.
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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) will be the most popular and authoritative. Make sure 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 specific exam, it is important to get some hands-on experience in the configuration of Cisco IOS devices. If you’re lucky enough to get access to actual lab equipment, that would be ideal. However, for the normal CCNA candidate real equipment wouldn’t normally be an option. Thankfully there are several cost effective CCNA simulators around which cover sufficient ground for the exam.
3. Practice Exams
Time management is really important through the CCNA exam. Typically you will have to answer 50-60 questions in a 90 minute period. This consists of 2-3 simulation questions and many other time consuming questions. The very best practice exams have a simulation engine to allow for you to get a feel for the true 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’ve found that lots of CCNA candidates have very little time and energy 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. There are now packages on the market which enable you to place the CCNA study material (within an audio and/or video form) on an iPod or other media device to study on the go. I’ve also found that it really is much easier to soak up the material presented within an audio format, in addition it is extremely convenient to just skip back to the final chapter on an iPod.