This was a very pleasant surprise for me. I haven't seen anything regarding ICND1 for like 4 months and prepared for couple of hours yesterday and the day before, still was able to pass with 884 (had to take the exam because of expiring voucher from NetAcad). I guess I was lucky for the test (just two very easy sims) and questions that were truly ugly (like know all types of this command output) I was able to solve based on pure logic (like dynamically means automatically and statically means manually or by eliminating the really stupid answers etc).
I was playing with the thought of doing the exam for like 2 years (more or less studying for it), while studying hard for like 5 months. I used:
- Official cert guide (Odom)
- NetAcad Introduction to Networks (first half is boring like hell if you know something)
- NetAcad Routing and Switching Essentials
I would really recommend the NetAcad courses - I think this is the best way of learning what Cisco will want to know from you. Some topics are not touched even in the Official cert guide and you will get very strong knowledge regarding the basics.
Overall not sure if I'm happy since Cisco is going to make the CCNA level easy (planned to do CCNA:S and RS on top of my CyberOps).
Good luck to everybody.