Failed CCNA....

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I failed badly in my CCNA test which i wrote on 26 th Sep.

I got two simulation questions which I never expected. One is about writing Access Control List (ACL) and other was about VLAN.

Be careful, I faced lots of difficulties and wasted lots of my time on simulation. You know that you can write (should write) multiple of ACL lines in notepad and copy and paste router console (everywhere it is recommended) but where is notepad in exam?

Another difficulty I experience in exam is that if you make a mistake in one line in ACL and want to correct it, you cannot do it. My simulator did not allow -no access-list .. command, simply return me 'This command is not allowed or disable', so make sure you do things right in one go, there is never turning back. Once you enter wrong ACL line in router console, thats it. Very sad and funny things Cisco does in its exams. You can always check -show running-config, to make sure what you have entered.

I wanted to write comment about this in exam (since you are allowed to) but why should I (or anyone) waste their time during exams when clock is ticking. Cisco should give some extra time for comments, if they really want to know pain of CCNA exams takers.

Another simulation question was on VLAN. Some pre-configured VLAN was given; you have to find access ports, trunk ports, router switch type, IP addresses, etc. I never practice well on switch, and there are not much simulators or lab questions to practice on VLAN. I practice lot on routers and protocols. Bad Luck, so be careful, don't leave anything.

Of course lots of subnetting questions about 8 to 10. Four of them even with multiple IPs, I mean you have to find 4-6 addresses in one question and assign them to interfaces. Lots of work needs time...

So if you want to pass CCNA, make sure your are master of subnetting, need to be real fast and accurate.

I am thinking to give another try before this exam expires.

Share your experience too!

I have this problem too.
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keesjan.schilstra Wed, 09/26/2007 - 23:31

Hi,

I might have a solotion for you in finding more time during your exam.

Subnetting should cost you 10 sec a question there are some 10 questions about subnetting so that would not cost you more then 2 minutes. Subnetting in 10 seconds?

Yes its simple.

Write down the bitnumbers of the last 2 octets and the sequence of 128 64 etc.

_17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24

_25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32

128,64,32,16,_8,_4,_2,_1

for example give me the subnet and broadcastadress of 172.168.61.1/22

it's simple look at the table 22 is step 4

Divide 61 by step 4 and multiply the WHOLE NUMBER 15 by step 4 the subnet is 60 next subnet is 60 plus step 4 = 64 so broadcastadress is 63.255 (B-class)

61/4=15*4=60 next subnet 64 so subnet is 63.255

or 172.168.61.1/19 look at the table. 19 is step 32

61/32=1*32 subnet= 32 next subnet is 32+32=64 so broadcast is 63.255

or 192.161.15.1 /28

15/16=0 0*16=0 so subnet is 0 next subnet is 16 broadcast is 15 (C- class)

Succes

CSCO11267120 Fri, 10/12/2007 - 05:52

Hi,

I've passed CCNA a month ago.

during the exam,i met the same question with you,the ACL.

i forgot ont of the command of acl.

i waste a lot of time,but can't make it ....

i click "next"

thank god.the other question was a little easier.

i passed finally.

so if you want to take the exam.please be carefull with the simulation.

CSCO11267120 Fri, 10/12/2007 - 06:06

Hi,

I've passed CCNA a month ago.

during the exam,i met the same question with you,the ACL.

i forgot one of the command of acl.

i waste a lot of time,but can't make it ....

i click "next"

thank god.the other question was a little easier.

i passed finally.

so if you want to take the exam.please be carefull with the simulation.

CSCO11267120 Fri, 10/12/2007 - 06:05

By the way,the test center should provide the notepad.

i got it when i took the exam.

so,ask the test center...

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