I’ve been doing some lab exercises on three L3 switches using YouTube and PluralSight. I have decided to try using Boson Exam Sim again to try to ‘fill the gaps’.
My first attempt on Exam set A I had failed with 734/825. I studied dot1x, dot1q VLAN tagging, VACL, and a couple of other things.
After a couple of days of study I took Exam set B and passed with 884/825. Three of the questions I got wrong were actually due to not reading correctly (answering too quickly) because after review I determined I had knew the correct answers. Of course those would count against me too in real life so I guess that is part of it.
I was curious how anyone felt about how well a passing grade in Boson ExSim would indicate being ready for the real thing?
I felt like Boson for CCNA ExSim and NetSim were incredible. Hoping it works out for me again this time.
Any advice on some topics that may not be obvious from the main exam topics list that is provided would be appreciated. This means a lot to me and I do not want to take the test twice!
I thought I did much better in ICND1. The questions just seemed more difficult on this one and I even had to completely guess on a couple.
The very first question really set the tone for me as it was about APIC-EM path trace tool for ACL and it was check the 3 correct answers type of question. I was stumped immediately.
I ended up with only 2 minutes on my timer so I know I took plenty of time on questions to be sure I was reading them correctly and thinking it through.
I really felt like the questions I did get correct carried the heavier weights because I did still pass at least.
I used all YouTube / PluralSight / INE / CBT Nuggets / Chris Bryant / Keith Barker / Jeremy Ciora / etc. No books.
Also I used Boson NetSim and ExSim for CCNA. You really should go for the Boson products if you have the budget.
83% Network Fundamentals
88% LAN Switching Fundamentals
87% Routing Fundamentals
100% Infrastructure Service
63% Infrastructure Maintenance
I used YouTube videos to study for the CCNA and also bought the Boson CCNA kit (NetSim+ExamSim).
I studied and practiced for the composite exam essentially. I still had a little trouble with some of the questions, but I think I was able to cover most topics just fine. The Boson exam is very close to the real thing and having the NetSim is really great to apply all of the ideas and tech that I had to learn about.
Since I was studying for the composite I already have a good head start on the ICND2, but still have some gaps to fill like EIGRP, HSRP, etc.
I went to the Cisco site and made sure I had some knowledge of how to explain, implement, and troubleshoot each topic on the exam topics list. I would say I only had to answer questions on half of those.
I primarily used multiple YouTubers videos on CCNA/CCENT material to get multiple points of view on the same subject. Even though that takes more time and can sometimes be a bit tedious it really helps fill in the gaps for each of those subjects. I also searched out every free exam I could find on Google and YouTube that also really helped in the end.
Study hard and take care of yourself before the exam mentally and physically. Take the day of off if you can and I personally crammed on my weak points right up until the test. If you fail just focus on the weak points and schedule another exam in a month or so.