Need help to prepare for CCNA exam

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Jun 29th, 2007
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I am working in telecom domain for one year.

I thought of taking CCNA exam to have a better understanding of things, but dont know much about it. could any one please tell me how I need to appear for the exam, where I need to register to write the exam, how much it will cost to take up the exam & all those basic informations to take up the test. I'll be really very much thankful to everyone who wish to help me out to take up this exam.

Thanks in advance,



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bchoi9999 Mon, 07/02/2007 - 02:24
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if you need to learn subnetting, go to

glengregory Mon, 07/02/2007 - 09:00
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For CCNA, if you really want to get a firm grip of the CCNA contents, I recommend 2 study guides:-

1] Cisco Press (INTRO + ICND) by Wendell Odom

2] Sybex Press CCNA study guide by Todd Lammle

Each book does not cover certain topics completely. For e.g. Sybex does not show you NAT & does not give you a good explanation on VLANs, STP, etc. The Cisco book gives full NAT config, covers switching very well, but skimps on EIGRP & OSPF, which is very important. So if you use both, you benefit!

Practicing on real cisco gear is very important (I'm a hands-on guy). But if for some reason you can't, then there are Emulators, simulators, etc. Try these:-

1] Cisco 7200 Simulator

2] Dynagen

3] Boson NetSim for CCNA 6.0

For practice exams, I have heard that Transcenders are very good, but expensive. Here are some others that I have compiled while studying for CCNA:-

And finally, practice, practice & practice!

The CCNA exam costs around $150 and can be taken at any Prometric centre in the world & the exam 640-801 is expiring on 6 nov 2007. For more info :-

By the way, where do you live? If you live in India, I can give you the centres list.

If you have any more questions, do let us know.

Hope this helps you...


nazz_sunn Mon, 07/02/2007 - 21:53
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Thanks a lot Glen for all the details which you gave. Thanks...

Ya I am from India..

As of now I dont have any questions. But if I have I'll ask you.




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