Passed ICND1 with a score of 956; the minimum score to pass was 832.
It took my about 13 weeks to study and feel prepared to take the exam
Study materials used:
•100-105 OCG by Wendell Odom
I read at least one chapter a day of the OCG until I have read all the chapters. I did all the DIKTA questions before beginning to read and after reading the chapter. Took the Part Review questions after each part, and reviewed the chapters I did poorly on. I took the practice exams included with the books after going through the book once more.
Watched the ICND1 series after reading OCG. His videos are FANTASTIC! I was very engaged all throughout the series and it helped solidify my knowledge. I watched each video and skimmed any OCG chapters related to the video topic. I also followed a lot of the labs he did, which were also helpful.
•Boson Practice Exams
THE MOTHER OF ALL RESOURCES. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS INVESTMENT. I would say that the practice exams by Boson helped me pass the exam. It did a great job simulating the test environment. It also taught me how to read each question CAREFULLY. Even though I didn’t pass these practice exams (I didn’t get a score past 75%...) I was still confident enough to pass.
•safaribooksonline.com video series by Kevin Wallace
Used the 10 day trial 10 days before taking my exam. This video series does a great job following the exam topics in order. I picked up a few nuggets in there that weren’t on the OCG nor the CBT nuggets video series. It included some new terminologies that were included in the Boson practice exams.
•Packet Tracer and HomeLab and Network Sim from Cisco
I used PT a lot to nail down the configurations and concepts in ICND1. I used this while I was at work. I barely used my HomeLab, but it got me comfortable handling real life switches and routers as well as navigating through the CLI. The network sim from Cisco helped with repetition to really really engrave the configurations in my head.
I browsed this subreddit daily to pick up anything new for the exam. I’d like to thank this subreddit for the resources it provided me. And seeing everyone’s posts about passing the CCENT or other exams gave me fuel to do the same!!
Anyone can pass these exams, just put in the work day in and day out!
ICND2 IS UP NEXT!