Passed 640-553 Today

smjones35smjones35 Junior MemberMember 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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