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PASSED my ICND1 exam 948/832 first attempt

Study hard, the feeling of passing is AWESOME!
Network Fundamentals - 92%
LAN Switching Fundamentals - 88%
Routing Fundamentals - - 93%
Infrastructure Services - 89%
Infrastructure Maintenance - 75%

It took me 7 weeks to get certified, though, I feel I could have gotten it on week 5/6. (I've always wanted to get certified but never studied for it until May 20th, and passed on July 12th)


  1. CBT nuggets - My Rating for the course (9/10)
  2. OCG Wendell Odom - My Rating for the Book (over 9000/10)!
  3. Dans Courses (Youtube - its free, but it is super! Trust me)
  4. This r/ccna/ (Mostly for encouragement and motivation)

I think I over studied and therefore, I found the exam to be easy!

Every one says you SHOULD know your show commands, and they say that for a reason! KNOW YOUR SHOW COMMANDS! I will Start my ICND2 after the final world cup match! :D

I just uploaded a video to YouTube explaining how I studied and took notes and what I did in details.

Good luck to anyone who is willing to take the exam. You can do it! Don't forget to say thanks to the bus driver!

Hey how deep do you have to go into subneting and routing do you just need to know how each routing protocols how they work fundelmentally or they ask you to do the algorithms and stuff on the test. Thanks

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Original Poster1 point · 2 days ago

I don't exactly know what do you mean by "how deep". You should simply be able how to do subnetting! I was able to do subnetting\VLSM in my head very quickly! However, the testing center will give you a paper and a pen so you can use it. For routing protocols, you only need to know RIP as it is mentioned in the official exam topics. RIPs configuration is one of the easiest configuration in CCENT! Know how it works, and you should be fine. Good luck.

Wow only RIP? What about OSPF and EIGRP?

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Original Poster1 point · 19 hours ago

Yes, only RIP! However, Jeremy talks about other protocols in general as well as the book! Know what protocol belongs to Distance Vector and what belongs to Link State as well as their Metric with AD. I think that should be more than enough for ICND1. OSPF and EIGRP are for ICND2 exam.

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Last minute question: Do I need to save configs on the simlet questions?

I'm taking my exam in 6 hours, and I need to know whether or not I should save configs on the simlet questions(?)
I searched on google, and didn't find a decent answer. I'm sorry if this is not a quality question, I'm just too nervous and I wanna know everything before I go and take the actual exam! :D

You don’t configure devices during the ICND 1 or 2 exams. You use the provided devices in the simlets to answer questions about the network.

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Original Poster2 points · 5 days ago

Asked because of "Just in case" there was a configuration. Thank you tho.

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Noooooooooooooooooooooo.

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Original Poster2 points · 5 days ago

I didn't trust a single answer on google that I saw, but you! Oh man, when i saw that CCNP...OHHHH, THIS GUY KNOWS HIS $HI$.
Now I know why hiring managers wanna see that CCNP. Thank you.

I swear this is exactly happening to me right now! :l At least we are not alone bro!

Did you thank the bus driver?

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Original Poster1 point · 6 days ago

Hahaha I assume you are a pewdiepie fan. Well, I'm actually 'The bus driver' in the picture. 😅 The guy beside me didn't thank me tho. Hes poor and miserable right now.

39 points · 6 days ago

I'm an IT graduate, and I know nothing. :)

If you didn't have any certs/background already and you were looking for a higher position (2nd/3rd level support) then I'd say the MCSA in Windows 10 makes plenty of sense. Seeing as how you do, though, you should be fine on paper for the position you're looking to snag.

MCSA Windows Server 2016 is by far the better route professionally - it will open more doors for you and expose you to much more valuable technology than the Windows 10 one will.

As for study materials, I obtained that cert this year (70-697 in March, 70-698 in May) and I can't recommend CBT nuggets highly enough. Very useful tool and the presenter is great. The book by William Panek I only used for 697 but I didn't feel it was particularly useful and the questions were nothing like the actual exam. I would strongly recommend adding a practice test to your prep plans as well - you can find discounts for Measureup (official MS partner) and Transcender (comes with CBT Nuggets and Pluralsight or standalone) practice exams as well as the exam vouchers themselves at various places online. Good luck!

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Nice man! So you only used CBT + Practice exams ? No books? (Other than the one you have mentioned)

Rezhw93 commented on
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6 points · 9 days ago

That's awesome, congrats man! I will be taking mine in 2 days. I think you should be careful of what you reveal:

What to know in my opinion. NAT! Learn what the inside/outside link local, inside/outside global address is. Also, know which port gets the inside and which get the outside command. Static, overload.....everything NAT. I had a bunch of questions there.

I'm not really sure how the NDA thing works and whats considered as a 'violation', but being extra careful is better :D


NB: you're still in interface config, it's actually do wr. You're welcome

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2 points · 9 days ago

If this guy can pass, I can pass too. 😂 Congrats!


Scheduling the exam on the same day you're taking it? + (Credit Card issues in Iraq/ Kurdistan - cisco exam)

Dear community,

I need some clarifications regarding registering for the cisco exams. I'm planning to take my exam on July 9th; however, because of where I live, I can't register for the exam on Pearson VUE since we don't have credit cards that supports or have 'Billing Address'. However, we do have Pearson VUE testing centers in the area where I live (Kurdistan/Iraq). So, I went to the testing center and asked them how to register for the exam without having a credit card that Pearson requires. They told me that they will register the exam for me and they will charge me extra $35 extra. So basically I will go to the testing center on Monday July 9th, and they will register the exam for me and after 15 mins or so, I will take the exam.

Do you guys have experienced this? Is it possible to register the exam before 15 mins of the actual exam?

P.S, since they will charge me extra $35s, wouldn't it be against Cisco or pearson's policies? (The exam will cost me $200 then)

Thanks in advance, your help is appreciated.

Rezhw93 commented on
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I don't even know why I'm here rn while I'm supposed to be studying for my CCENT 😅 Congrats man! Hope you pass the route ASAP.

Rezhw93 commented on
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2 points · 15 days ago

You will pass hopefully! Update us about the results.

So you gave zero f's? Have to keep that in mind

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15 points · 17 days ago

The guy seems to hate broadcasts

+1 for network pun!

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2 points · 17 days ago

+1 for the +1

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2 points · 23 days ago

Congrats man. Thats awesome! If you can remember, how long did it take you to finish the entire CBT videos?

Original Poster4 points · 23 days ago

Woman* :)

Well I would watch the videos while taking notes, then read the corresponding chapters. Taking out the reading time, probably ~3 weeks?

You really need a second source besides CBT. Those are a good overview and then the OCG dives into the details.

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3 points · 23 days ago

Congrats woman!* Sorry lol, anyway, yeah I'm doing the same as you

Nice! Congrats

Congratulations! No worries.You will get the official score report (most probably ) within 3 weeks.

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Jesus, is that a thing? I'd freak out to get my score after 3 weeks. :'o

5 points · 29 days ago

Congratulations man! I'm doing my CCENT in the next 2 weeks and I'm freaking out already. 😭

Ran into your people at Cisco Live this week, asked them where I could torrent the tests from. 😝

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Lol....nice try :'D That's what we do when we are broke :'D

Uh, no. If you torrent these tests, you’re taking money from the content creators, I wasn’t suggesting you torrent, I was just poking fun at Michael as he gets these requests from time to time.

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You can be funny but I can't? :'l

Original Poster5 points · 1 month ago

A little over 3 months. I had a hard time at first grasping the topics so I took a couple weeks off for my sanity. Plus I'm using my GI bill to get a BS in IT, only have a year left and I'm really trying to keep my 4.0 :). school plus studying for certs is really tough but doable. Just ordered the OCG for icnd 2!!

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3 points · 1 month ago

4.0? OH MAN! Dude I graduated in May with a 2.1 lol I feel dumm. And Congrats! :D

Congrats! How many hours did you study per day/night? I'm planning to finish 2 chapters per day of the book, that's why I'm curious.

Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

Thanks! I usually read one chapter per day, two if the chapters were short (IPv6 chapters were only 10-12 pages) and that would take me about an hour or two. I'd then review using the DIKTA questions to test my knowledge. I would go slow the first time through. Don't try to move onto new chapters when you're not confident about previous concepts since a lot of the content is cumulative and builds upon itself.

Good luck!

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Okay I'll make sure that I understand everything before jumping onto a new chapter! :D Thanks a lot!

2 points · 1 month ago · edited 1 month ago

Don’t. I learned the hard way. There are very detailed informations you may miss if you don’t read the book. CBT nuggets is outdated IMO. Kevin Wallace is a great resource on safaribooksonline. On ICND1 you can get by using Lammle, but on ICND2 you should definitely have to read Odom’s book.

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What...? What do you mean by "CBT is outdated"? I'm currently watching CBT videos for my ccent and you hit me with this? :'o

Rezhw93 commented on
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3 points · 1 month ago

Congrats on your pass. How long did it take you to get it? And btw, I think you should delete your reply where you answered "How heavy standard and extended acls....". They have rules which they dont allow you to say what was on the exam. Be careful.

Rezhw93 commented on
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Awesome work! Congrats man


Free Legal Practice Exam for CCENT?

Hello all,
I hope this post finds you all well.
It's been almost 3 weeks that I'm studying for my CCENT, and I'm planning to take the test on the 7th week(next month). However, as I see the posts of people who have passed the exam, have used some sort of "legal" (I'm sorry for quoting it) practice exams such as Cisco Press and Boson. And to be honest, I'm low on budget, and I can't afford them. So my question is, is there any (legal and free) practice exams that at least looks like the original exam? So I can get a feel to what I should expect.
The fact that most people, who have passed, are suggesting Boson, it just scares the sh*t out of me, and gives me a feeling that I must have those practice tests too in order to pass. (which I know is not true.)
Anyway, thanks in advance, your help is appreciated.

You don't HAVE to use a practice exam, but a high-quality practice exam can be worth the cost for multiple reasons:

  • 1) A good practice exam can expose your weak areas, letting you know where you need additional study.
  • 2) A good practice exam can simulate the pressure of being on a countdown timer, while simultaneously helping you get used to the exam interface.
  • 3) A good practice exam can let you know when you're ready for the real thing, giving you confidence that you can do it.
  • 4) A good practice exam will stand behind their product by providing you a money-back guarantee of the cost of the product if you don't pass.

Most importantly, if you're on a budget, you definitely don't want to pay to take the exam again (or worse, multiple times). Consider it a wise investment in your career.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

That's true. I agree with you. Thanks for your feedback!

3 points · 1 month ago

This is pretty damn good. Good luck brother

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

Thanks a lot man! Appreciate it. :)

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