Ready to take the exam?

paranoidparanoid Member Posts: 19 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hello everyone!

I'm in the finals in preparing myself taking the CCENT / ICND1 100-105 exam. I've read the whole Official Cert Quide by W. Odom, and actually i'm passing through all key topics in the book again, by recalling all details of the topics stated there. Beside i'm doing practice exams (Pearson IT Certification Practice Test) , in which i actually score over almost all times aound 822 (45 questions).

I know my weak points showing up after the grading of the practice exams, they are becoming fewer and fewer, and often it is because of haven't paid enough attention to the question (or answer)....icon_redface.gif, so i have to say to myself, not to hurry too much (fortunately, i have 30 min extra time, beeing an exam taker in a non native english speaking country / beein not native english speaker). Every question counts....and losing right answers by not paying enough attention, should be avoided as much as possible......at the end this may are the questions that count about pass/fail....

I will give myself another 2 - 3 weeks to doing further labs and reinforce use of the command line. and doing labs. I'll get to keep all the commands (espaecially show commands) output in mind, remembering what is on (and what not) on the output.The total list of all commands will be studied this last 2 weeks. I can dedicate 3 hours a day (or more if necessary) for studying.

What do you think, is that enough for preparation, or should i consider more/different approaches?

Thanks for any comment! icon_smile.gif

Greets, Peter


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    hunterthuntert Banned Posts: 231
    i recommend the boson practice exams
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    jacksonrjacksonr Member Posts: 106 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Taken the ICND 100-105 and failed TWICE. Ive just bought the Boson exams too as they are HIGHY recommended it seems.
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    koz24koz24 Member Posts: 766 ■■■■□□□□□□
    When I was going through ICND1 and 2 I found that the Pearson practice exams(the ones from the book) were actually harder than the actual exams. So if you're passing those, you should be able to pass the real exam. Just don't make the mistake of studying the practice exams because you likely won't get the same questions. Just use them to find out where you are weak.

    Another thing you should do is go over the Blueprint and review any topics you aren't too comfortable with. Same idea as the practice exam--just use it to find your weak areas. Before you sit for the exam you should be able to look at the Blueprint and talk/write/lab about each topic comfortably. It's no secret that that the people who make the exams use the Blueprint when making them so it's a good idea to be comfortable with it.

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    paranoidparanoid Member Posts: 19 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thank you very much for your advice. Having bought the premium edition of the cert preparation book incl. ebook i got 4 practice exams in the bundle, so i have a pool of 735 practice questions, plus the books questions for every chapter / part / DIKTA, so the variance for the exam questions is sufficient for not to get in just memorizing the answers without thinking about the sense of the question. In addition, when i answer wrong a question, i do detailed review, with repeating the matter in the book. At t he moment i'm scoring about 822 on the measure scale (which goes from 0 to 900 (??).

    I've noticed that many errors are caused by not beeing concentrated enough in understandig what answer is exactly demanded, so if the answers are very similar, it's a signal to reread the question and the answers very well, for going sure having understood what was exactly asked.

    The blueprints are a good source to set the frame about what the questions are, and are a great way to discover weak points, if there are missing links, its mandatory to doing further research on the topic.

    For last i've licenced the Boson NetSim11 for CCENT/CCNA for doing lab excercises and i really enjoy using this tool. It gives me the security i need in having had enough hands-on training at the cli. The labs are interresting, they are graded after completion, the simulator is powerful and has nice features.

    I've scheduled yesterday my exam for mid Sept. and i look forward to that date. Intense daily training until this day.....here we go!!!

    Thanks again for your opinions and advice!

    Greets, Peter
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