CCNA with w/ 640-821 and 640-816

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Aug 15th, 2007

so, i was going to register to take 640-821 (intro) as a step towards my CCNA when i noticed it's almost out dated. If i register and take this now and pass, can i then take 640-816 (icnd part 2) to complete the CCNA requirements ? or would i have to hurry up and take 640-811 to meet the requirements ? any help is appreciated!

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NETFAN_2K Sat, 08/25/2007 - 23:24

I would suggest you to go for the composite exam strategy... They will examine you on core stuff rather than stupid topics like "what is the max distance of Coaxial Cable can be" and make sure you study Wireless stuff because it is the hot topic in the networking environment and for CCNA too.

xzoren9999 Mon, 08/27/2007 - 14:14

With the re-vamp of the CCNA if you took the 640-821 (INTRO), then the next step would be to take the 640-811 (ICND) since they are part of the old CCNA.

To my knowledge, the newer CCNA has dropped ISDN and put in more of an emphasis on Wireless, so if you've studied the books from the CCNA Library that encompasses the 640-821,811,801, taking the 816 won't be much use since the CCNA exam asks some very pointed questions about the topics it covers.

I agree that taking the composite 801 exam is a better route. If you need some more study time, I believe the last day to take the 821,811 and 801 is November 6, giving you about 2 months to study for it.

If you decide to go this route, don't book your exam at the last minute, because if you don't pass, you'll have to re-study for the newer material after Nov. 6.

CCNA is NOT easy to pass. It seems to take most people 3 - 5 shots at the exam before they finally pass it (unless you are a complete genius or have a photographic memory, in which case I curse you![j/k])


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