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[–]Karpeltunnel10 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I personally have been using Cisco Networking Academy, Lammle's book, and an eBook from Cisco Press that includes practice exams through Pearson.

This is the link to the eBook and practice exams: http://www.ciscopress.com/store/ccent-ccna-icnd1-100-101-official-cert-guide-premium-9780133367881

[–]NerdAtTheCoolTable[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Thanks! Would that ebook still work for the newer test, 100-105? or should I get an updated version?

[–]steezy280 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I am using the cisco cert guide and network simulator. The simulator is really great for getting practice. Work paid for it in my case though, it is expensive.

[–]NerdAtTheCoolTable[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

what would you suggest for a beginner with little to no experience with networking?

[–]steezy280 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would do a read through todd lammle’s book. Then read cisco’s complete cert guide and use network simulator to study and included practice exams. That should be enough to prepare you for the exam.

[–]davidildo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I studied and passed with the official Cisco books, a home lab, and GNS3. The first time was Lamales book and a home lab.

The home network lab was probably overkill for the cert, but it was a great learning device for real world to be able to actually put cables in, watch it fire up, see traffic move in real time, lock out of telnet, fall back to the console port, and work with equipment that is not simulation perfect.

[–]jaxiz 1 point2 points  (7 children)

I have no professional work or background in IT or networking (I was a humanities major), and will be taking the ICND1 tomorrow. Been scoring 800-900 on practice exams (Boson's included). I used Lammle's book, ICND1 CBT nuggets videos, and practice tests from multiple sources. It's taken me about 8 weeks at ~3 hours per day.

[–]NerdAtTheCoolTable[S] 0 points1 point  (6 children)

Thanks! Good Luck on the exam, you got it! Update us on how you do.

[–]jaxiz 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Passed! 865/832. Not the prettiest score, but I'm happy.

[–]NerdAtTheCoolTable[S] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Congrats! Do you mind sending me your study material? I just started yesterday

[–]jaxiz 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Boson is very protective of their exams, and can't be shared. But I highly suggest paying the $100 for ExSim-Max exams.

CBT nuggets videos are available for purchase on their website. I'm sure they could be found illegally too.

And I still need my copy of Lammle's book to study for ICND2!

[–]NerdAtTheCoolTable[S] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

My bad, should’ve been more clear. I just meant sending links to the material, not actually getting yours lol

[–]jaxiz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Study Guide -- I took thorough notes of everything I read, and I did all the written and hands on labs. There is also a practice exam included with the purchase of the book.

CBT Nuggets -- Highly recommend this to supplement any of the study guides. Jeremy is entertaining, and makes tricky concepts more palatable. The videos do not go into as much detail as the textbook, but I still can't say enough about how much these videos helped.

Practice Exams -- I took these exams when I felt I was nearly ready for the real ICND1 exam. The format is VERY similar to the real exam, and the questions feel very similar in wording and difficulty. Work through all 3 practice exams and be sure to read the explanations of all the questions you miss.

Good luck!