BCMSN Authorized Self-Study VS Official Exam Cert Guide

GrigsbyGrigsby Member Posts: 69 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hey I was wondering, for anyone who recently passed the 642-812, is reading the Authorized Self-Study Guide required to pass this exam? I just finished reading the Official Exam Certification Guide, and then bought the Self-Study which goes into much more depth. It even has topics in there that is plainly says that are not on the exam.

Don't get me wrong, I love to learn about all this material, but is the Self-Study a required read? It's only 800 + pages icon_rolleyes.gif


  • mwgoodmwgood Member Posts: 293
    I passed the BCMSN in the last few weeks - mostly due to the official Cisco curriculum. The Exam Cert Guide is good, but I think it would be difficult to pass with just that material alone. I found the official curriculum to cover exam topics more comprehensively.

    I'm not familiar with the BCMSN self-study guide, but I recommend going beyond the Exam Cert Guide if possible.

    Best bet is the Cisco curriculum for the course, IMO.
  • GrigsbyGrigsby Member Posts: 69 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Are you referring to the material for the Cisco Networking Academy? Or what is the title of the material you talking about.
  • GrigsbyGrigsby Member Posts: 69 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I assume that's what it was. I will try it out. I used the Authoized Self Study guide for the BSCI. It was a hard one to get through, and I felt like it was rather obtuse.
  • mwgoodmwgood Member Posts: 293
    I wish I could tell you if it is the same as the curriculum created for the Cisco Networking Academy.

    I'm not certain, but I would guess they would be the same.

    Any Cisco learning partner would use this material to teach the course.
  • APAAPA Member Posts: 959
    The two books are designed to complement each other...

    Self-study should be read first gain the fundamental knowledge.... Exam-cert guide helps get into the exam mindset..

    I would love it if Cisco came up with self study books for all their exams as I think they a invaluable....... they provide awesome amount of theory to take in but it's all worthwhile in the end :)

    CCNA | CCNA:Security | CCNP | CCIP
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