PASSED CCENT today - Another passed CCENT thread

89878468987846 Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
I spent two months self-study (2-3 hours per day), and i scored 867 today (the passing score was 804). Not a great score, but at least i passed for the first try, this will greatly encourage me in the future study.

I had absolutely no knowledge in Networking what-so-ever, (i'm fresh graduate with a bachelor's degree in Physics), besides knowing some programming, all i can do is to play around my home routers. I haven't seen a real router or switch until now, i will setup my lab when i pass CCNA.

Below are what i used to self-study:

1.Cisco press book by Odom
2.CCENT Study Guide by Lammle
3.CBT Nuggets ICND1 and CBT Nuggets Exam Walkthrough
4.Boson EX-Sim MAX (The $89 exam simulator, pretty expensive for me, but very very useful)
5.Boson Lab Simulator
6.CertExam CCENT exam simulator (only $29 you get 4 exams, it worths but worse than boson, because it has too many memorization style questions, but other than that it is fine)

So i started by reading odom's book and watching CBT nuggets, after that i watched CBT exam walkthrough and i felt that i will 100% fail the exam. Then i stated to read Lammle's book, and i felt much better. I also did all the labs in the boson simulator since this is a must. I bought Boson exsim-max a week before the actual exam and i quickly lost my confident but then i saw lots of people saying that the boson exam is way harder than the actual exam, so i carefully went through each question and did the exams for 3 times at different days until i can get 90%+ for every time.

I don't know if i can talk about this: the cisco ccent exam is based on your knowledge, but not memorization stuff.
This will make the exam more valuable than the others, and this is also perfect for me because i don't like memorization.
There were tons of subnetting questions, which i have mastered and only took me couple seconds each.
My advice is to follow the time tightly because you are not familiar with the exam wording and interface. I ended up only 4 mins left.

Good luck guys! Now i'm heading for CCNA.
Thanks!

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  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 4,009Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on pass icon_thumright.gif

    Good luck on CCNA!!
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  • 89878468987846 Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
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  • SharkDiverSharkDiver Posts: 844Member
    Congratulations!
    Good luck on CCNA.
  • Kenneth196Kenneth196 Posts: 37Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Congrats!!
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  • Jon_CiscoJon_Cisco Posts: 1,772Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Great job!
    Subnetting quickly was key for me also.
    I think I ended with 7 minutes left so it's definitely worth keeping an eye on the clock.
  • Zohaib85Zohaib85 Posts: 4Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats man!
    I passed yesterday with 3 months self study scored 986 very happy about it.
    whats your next step?
    Im thinking for ccna security?
  • mikeybinecmikeybinec CCNA 200-120 Posts: 484Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats!!!

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  • 89878468987846 Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    I was thinking to get CCNA, but once i saw job listings on Monster i quickly decided to go A+ first and then do the CCNA.
    CCNA can not get me a job immediately, those companies require CCNA + __years of experience in IT, but never only just CCNA itself.
    I think most people would have to start as desktop analyst as their first job and move on, therefore A+ is a must for me.
  • DeathmageDeathmage Posts: 2,496Banned
    8987846 wrote: »
    I was thinking to get CCNA, but once i saw job listings on Monster i quickly decided to go A+ first and then do the CCNA.
    CCNA can not get me a job immediately, those companies require CCNA + __years of experience in IT, but never only just CCNA itself.
    I think most people would have to start as desktop analyst as their first job and move on, therefore A+ is a must for me.

    Sounds like a solid plan. But your Cisco knowledge will be useful in the right job plus a willingness to learn.
  • MrPuzzlezMrPuzzlez Posts: 89Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the 1st try. Working on my 3rd. Missed it by 3 points last time.
  • DoyenDoyen Posts: 397Member
    Congratulations! You had a great studying pattern icon_thumright.gif
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  • Kenneth196Kenneth196 Posts: 37Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Great job! Hope to get my CCNA soon. Good luck in any and all future testing.
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  • goldenlightgoldenlight Posts: 378Member
    You will do even better on IND2
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