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CCNA Collaboration holders: which study guides did you use?

I've begun studying for my CCNA Collaboration, but I've discovered that customer feedback on Amazon for Cisco's official CCNA Collab study materials is really negative:

Here's the two-book set

And here's the CICD book by itself

The common refrain seems to be that the official Cisco prep materials don't reflect what's actually on the exam.

Did you successfully obtain your CCNA Collaboration cert? Which study materials did you use, if not the official ones?

Should I 'revert' to the old CCNA Voice materials? Mark Snow at INE indicated the CCIE Collaboration is basically still CCIE Voice with some enhancements:

Start reading under "Overview"

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Meow 馃悎馃悎Meow 馃惐馃惐 Meow Meow馃嵑馃悎馃惐Meow A+!7 points1 year ago

The tip for all exams is to study the exam topics that is listed on online for each exam. Then evaluate your understanding of them as you study. Cisco and other vendors don't care in the slightest if the Official Study Guide doesn't cover a topic fully (or at all) hell some tracks don't even have OCGs.

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Original Poster1 point1 year ago

That's helpful, thank you, but where do I turn to actually study those topics? In other words, I grant you that it's important to have an authoritative list, and the OSGs may very well not, but where do I go to learn about the topics on the list, in depth?

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Meow 馃悎馃悎Meow 馃惐馃惐 Meow Meow馃嵑馃悎馃惐Meow A+!5 points1 year ago

The thing about the non-R&S tracks is that most of them assume your around CCNP R&S level before you start so they tend to take a "your the network professional, figure it out" kind of stance.

Kevin Wallace has a decent video course that covers CCNA Collab, CBT Nuggets either has one or they are working on it, and INE has the voice stuff done and I think they need to update it to collab if they ever get around to it.

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CCNA R&S, Collaboration2 points1 year ago

A good place to find some of the topics will be the UC SRND. I can't speak for anyone else, but I found it to be useful.

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I would second what \u\flying_scrunt says about using the SRND for UC but with one caveat. Check the exam blueprint for what version that the test is built off of currently. When I took the exams it was a couple of revisions back from what was the latest shipping version. (Maybe written off v8.5 when 10.5 was shipping or something like that.)

For the most part that wouldn't be a problem except for things like capacity or feature/menu questions that may be lower than current versions or implemented differently. I hope that makes sense without violating the NDA by giving a specific question example.

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1 point1 year ago

I took the exam today and failed. I plan on going back to the lab and start studying the voice old material. I agree that the OCG was not sufficient but great introduction along with CBT nuggets. INE videos were much more informative but still not enough.

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