Passed ICND 1 today

snadamsnadam Posts: 2,234Member
Wow, I haven't posted a new thread here in a while (let alone even respond to one). I have been lurking around though for the past 2 months. Anyway, its been a really long time since I got to say I passed an exam, but today I passed ICND 1. I am elated!

A little back story, I originally came from the MS side of the house, mainly doing Server admin related roles, with a bit of networking (5 years or so). The past 5 years I have been strictly in a network and PBX/VOIP role. My job change 2 years ago really accelerated that :)

I took 640-802 back in mid-December. I failed, and pretty bad too. It was probably THE worst time for me to have taken it, but I am a glutton for punishment and I tried anyway (I was working between 60-90 hours a week). A few major projects later, I made time and decided to split up the exams so I can focus more on less subject matter. THAT, and I have kid #1 due in about 6 weeks or so, so I had a finite amount of time to knock it out. My goal is to complete 640-816 before the bambino arrives. If I don't, then I can't imagine being able to retake it before the deadline. I will focus on the new exam in Oct/Nov if need be.

As for the test, its what I expected. Overall advice; Read, lab, subnet. I was able to supplement my studies with on the job experience which was helpful. I find it much easier to understand when you can correlate it with what you do at work.

Resources used:

-Train Signal (Chris Bryant)
-Odom's ICND 1 Book (This book will fill any gaps in knowledge, very detailed)
-Lammele's CCNA book (left over from previous studies, good supplement if Odom makes you sleepy)
-Boson ex-sim (THIS was very helpful, gives you a good idea of cisco test format and presentation)
-CCNA in 60 Days (This is probably the most important piece for me, because it gave me structure and direction. On the topics in this book I felt were light, I supplemented with trainsignal, other books, etc. This guide hasn't let me down yet)
-My lab (3 1760 routers, 3 2950 switches)


Next up, I am going to take a day or two off. I just turned 30 yesterday so I should probably celebrate. Sunday or Monday I dive right back in and hit up ICND 2 material.

As always, thanks to the members at TE for indirectly answering questions I had or sharing their own experiences!

Now, on to the victory whiskey! drunken_smilie.gif
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Comments

  • WilyOneWilyOne Posts: 131Member
    Good job. Gratz!
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 3,991Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on pass!! icon_thumright.gif
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  • safari___safari___ Posts: 20Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    You passed! icon_cheers.gif Looking to that feeling soon.Congratulations!
  • WebmasterWebmaster Posts: 10,292Admin Admin
    Double congrats snadam, enjoy the celebration weekend!
  • Master Of PuppetsMaster Of Puppets Posts: 1,210Member
    Congrats!
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  • silverp1silverp1 Posts: 124Member
    Congrats man!
    Certs: CCENT, CCNA:R&S
    Working on: MCITP:SA
    Goals: CCENT (ICND1) [Done], CCNA (ICND2) [Done], MCITP:SA
  • JasminLandryJasminLandry Posts: 601Member
    Congrats and good luck on ICND2!!

  • t5yll4t5yll4 Posts: 54Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Congrats!! On 2 the next 1!
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  • snadamsnadam Posts: 2,234Member
    Thanks all for the support!
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  • shezy77shezy77 Posts: 160Member
    Congrats on the pass and good luck for ICND 2 icon_thumright.gif
    2013: ICND1 [Passed] ... ICND2 [Passed] ... VCA-DCV [Passed] ... 70-410 [Passed] ... 70-411 [Passed] ... VCA-Cloud [Passed] ... VCA-WM [Passed] ... 70-412 [Passed]

    2014: 74-409 [Passed] ... VCP5 [Passed]
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  • sixtytensixtyten Posts: 84Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    congrats man!!! make it a good whiskey
  • TybTyb Posts: 207Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats bro, I passed mine today and I used CCNA in 60 days as well. It really helps setting the layout.
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  • snadamsnadam Posts: 2,234Member
    sixtyten wrote: »
    congrats man!!! make it a good whiskey
    Blanton's on the rocks is my 'special occasion' whiskey.

    Tyb wrote:
    Congrats bro, I passed mine today and I used CCNA in 60 days as well. It really helps setting the layout.
    Thanks and congrats! I am really enjoying the structure the book provides. I don't have to worry about WHAT to study, just go in and do it. Some stuff I don't think it was covered very well in that book, and I really didn't focus too much on those subjects. Thankfully I had fairly decent knowledge about it and did OK on that objective during the exam. As long as you supplement with another book, you should be golden. Day 31 was yesterday (ACLs), and I can tell you I'll be re-reading that days notes a few times so it sticks.
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  • Gamer617Gamer617 Posts: 2Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats to you. I have taken Cisco courses (ccna1-ccna4) since 2010 and have my test set for end of july. Keep rescheduling since i have not been studying but I need to crunch to get both certs before the 30th or start all over again since exam format is changing. Thanks for the reference materials. I am gathering as much info as i can to be prepped for this exam. Best of luck with ICND2

    BTW which CCNA 60-days have you fellas used?
  • JDMurrayJDMurray Certification Invigilator Surf City, USAPosts: 11,198Admin Admin
    snadam wrote: »
    Day 31 was yesterday (ACLs), and I can tell you I'll be re-reading that days notes a few times so it sticks.
    I found www.aclpractice.com to be very helpful. It's not 100% comprehensive, but it's good labbing nonetheless.
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