Just Passed my ICND1!

USr1deMCUSr1deMC CISSP, MCSE Server 2012, CCNA, MCP Hyper-V, Security +, Network + (GFL)MassachusettsPosts: 19Member ■■■□□□□□□□
Hi Everyone,

Thanks for reading my post. Earlier today I passed my ICND1. The study guides I used were Todd Lammle CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Deluxe Study Guide, 2nd Edition, CBT Nuggets with Jeremy Cioara, Boson ICND1 practice exams. I first started the CCNA R&S study guide and read chapters 1 - 14 while taking notes, taking the chapter exams, as well as practicing the labs on my home lab and through Packet Tracer. I decided to get a home lab because I plan to pursue my CCNP right after I finish my ICND2. I've heard the lab is more preferred for studying CCNP. Plus I was able to get 3 free L3 switches from work and the Routers are pretty cheap when sourced through E-Bay.

My background was originally in Network and Server Admin through the Marines. I've had basic CCNA training as well as Advanced BGP protocol classes through the Marines. I wish I had studied for my CCNA back in 06 - 07 when we were taught a lot of the foundation courses in the Marines. Never to late to start though! Once I left the Marines I was lucky enough to get a job in the Pharmaceutical industry as an IT engineer. A lot of my recent projects were Network focused and I learned a lot through our network redesign, expanding offices, and maintenance but also had more questions than answers. I've always been intrigued by networking and I see it as a growing industry as new technologies are created and more devices hit the network. I would say it is growing at an exponential rate!

Just to give a time frame...Right when I finished my BS in December I picked up the book and began studying. I made it through 5 chapters and life got in the way as it usually does. Back in April I restarted from Ch 1 and read through the entire ICND1 segment to Ch 14. After reading through the book I watched Jeremy Cioara's ICND1 CBT Nuggets series and also practiced the labs. Then a week prior to the exam I bought Boson ICND1 exam that had over 200 questions. I highly recommend Boson as it is a little more challenging than the test and it is very similar to how the Cisco Exam is structured. That way when you take the exam you are already use to how the Simlets are structured. I ended up scoring an 883 on the exam. Without giving anything away, before taking the exam I felt I was a little weak in some areas which showed it's head on the exam!

I highly recommend using multiple study sources. The book is great to get nitty and gritty, while CBT Nuggets helps to refresh and keep it light and funny. Finally testing your knowledge with the Boson exams. I will be using the Boson exams to prep the week before my ICND2 to get my CCNA.

Thanks for reading!



  • greg9891greg9891 Posts: 1,167Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Hey Congrats man....Great Job.
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  • gespensterngespenstern Posts: 1,243Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Congrats! I envy your positive outlook!
  • USr1deMCUSr1deMC CISSP, MCSE Server 2012, CCNA, MCP Hyper-V, Security +, Network + (GFL) MassachusettsPosts: 19Member ■■■□□□□□□□
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  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 4,006Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats!! :)
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  • UsualSuspect7UsualSuspect7 CISSP, CCNA R/S, CCNA Cyber Ops, CYSA+, SEC+ Posts: 75Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Hey Congrats!!!!
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  • SpiegelSpiegel Taco Tuesday FLPosts: 258Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats! w00t w00t!
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  • USr1deMCUSr1deMC CISSP, MCSE Server 2012, CCNA, MCP Hyper-V, Security +, Network + (GFL) MassachusettsPosts: 19Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks All!!!
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    B.S. Network Admin | CCNP-Wireless
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