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I Passed ICND1 Today

And I didn't use Boson. Could I have, maybe? Would I have passed it in a shorter amount of time? The answer is probably.

All things aside, I didn't have any background in networking, just interest in how it all works. So a year ago I started with Wikipedia articles about logic gates, binary, OSI model and all that good stuff. Didn't do me any good but realize how out of my depth I was.

So this summer I used my savings and took time off working and used ITUonline for ICND1. It was my first look at training videos and I had gone through 10 or so and thought, "I got this."

It was CBT nuggets that brought it all together though and that really is the "magic" for my journey thusfar. It got me to where I needed more technical info. That's when the Cert Guide by Lammle came into my life and finally we end with Exam Cram ICND1 100-105.

I took a little break after September because of starting a new job in IT. But since I acquired both books aforementioned I was studying hard for each topic both texts cover. Through all of this I was using GNS3 and later pacet tracer (I was able to use live equipment, so I could see what worked past PT as well).

All that said, PT with CBT Nuggets and Odom's study guide was the best formula looking back. Everything added up in its own way, but for anyone reading looking for inspiration, those are my "reccomendations". I know everyone says know your shit, and it sounds cliche after a while, but they aren't kidding. You need to know your shit, and be decisive in answering.

Tl;dr Know your knowledge. Believe in yourself. Stay calm.

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Senior Content Developer, Boson Software3 points · 7 months ago


Yep, a practice exam is NOT a necessity. You can absolutely pass without one. But it's like building a house without nails - it's possible, but much more difficult.

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Original Poster3 points · 7 months ago

Truthfully, I wasn't aware of what boson offered until a couple weeks ago. I'm considering using it for the icnd2 prep.

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Senior Content Developer, Boson Software3 points · 7 months ago

Thanks for giving it your consideration. Download a demo and see how it is! :) LMK if you can't find the link and I'll link it up for ya.

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You mind sharing for the rest of us? I'd like to see if it matches my learning style.

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Senior Content Developer, Boson Software5 points · 7 months ago

All demos can be found here:

Demos require a free Boson account.

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for my ICND1 I used Odom, PT (Lots of PT) and Chris on Udemy along with random web articles and crap.

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CCNA R&S3 points · 7 months ago

Congratulations !

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I’m using Odoms as my main study material. I bought Chris’ bootcamp on Udemy and after each chapter of my odom book I watch the corresponding videos by him. And if further explanation is needed I watch cisco videos on youtube. The wealth of information that is out there and readily available make these certifications so feasible if you’re willing to put in the work.

Congratulations by the way :)

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