Passed 640-553 Today

smjones35smjones35 Member Posts: 1 ■□□□□□□□□□
First of all I wanted to say thanks to everyone here for all the info on what they used to prepare and their thoughts on the exam. It was very helpful in getting prepared for the exam.

I used the Cisco Official Exam Study Guide, CBT Nuggets and GNS3. I work for a consulting firm so I had access to any IOS I needed for the router, so that helped.

I studied for 3 weeks, reading the chapter in the book and then watching the corresponding nugget video. I would then work through the CLI and SDM through GNS3. Can't say enough how valuable CBT Nuggets and GNS3 were.

I scored a 922. Like everyone says, know your Zone Based Firewall, VPN, Encryption and Layer 2 switch security.

Thanks again!


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    peanutnogginpeanutnoggin Member Posts: 1,096 ■■■□□□□□□□
    CONGRATS... Good info and great score!

    I'm planning on doing the CCNA Security very soon. I'm waiting on the Official Study Guide which should be in today. Thanks again for the great info.


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    jbrad95706jbrad95706 Member Posts: 225
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    VetteranVetteran Member Posts: 13 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats, thats great!! Thank you for the study info. I just got my CCNA a month ago and immediately decided this was the next cert to get.
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    hodgey87hodgey87 Member Posts: 232
    Congrats on the pass dude,

    What materials did you use for lab work???
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    mikej412mikej412 Member Posts: 10,086 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Congratulations!! icon_cheers.gif
    :mike: Cisco Certifications -- Collect the Entire Set!
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    captobviouscaptobvious Member Posts: 648
    Congratulations on the pass! icon_thumright.gif

    I need to get off my keister and finish this up. :D
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    dwtherockdwtherock Member Posts: 40 ■■□□□□□□□□
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