SEEKING GUIDANCE:How to Prepare for the CCDA Test

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Mar 6th, 2008


I understand that everyone on this forum has been preparing for the tests for a while and is discussing specific questions.

I have a software development background and need to pass CCDA pretty quickly. I just started to prepare for my CCDA. I got a copy of the Cisco CCDA official exam certification guide and started reading it, hoping that by end of the reading, I will be able to pass pretty easily.

I found the test guide gives a lot of conclusions without the background or explanation behind the conclusion. For example, for access LAN network design, it says "limit VLANs to a single wiring closet if possible", without explanation of why or why not.

I tried to do some background research and found out additional info on the statement. The search for this background info itself took me an hour, and we are talking about one single line in the thick book.

My question is, what is the most effective way of preparing for the CCDA? It seems that average prep time for CCDA is one month.

Should I just simply memorize the statements in the CCDA book without knowing the reasons behind, or should I spend the time and do the background research to understand the content first? Or alternatively, is there a quicker way to undertanding the content while preparing for the test? For example, is there any training class, or any accompanying reading materials for each of the chapters in the CCDA test prep book?

Thank you very much for the guidance!


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jeffgalusky Sun, 03/09/2008 - 17:19

The Partner E-Learning "Learning Maps" gives some good online training that helps with the test. I just passed the CCDA (less than a week ago) and some answers could easily be found in the CCDA Learning Map online courses.

dianapang Mon, 03/10/2008 - 08:36

Thanks Jeff---this is great!

After some research, I found out that I had the exam book, but not the self-study guide, that was the missing piece.

I have since placed an order on the self-study guide, hopefully I can receive it today.

Thanks again for your help---is there a way that I can contact you? I am planning on taking the test in the next month or so, your fresh experience will be very helpful for me. My email is berryhunt at hotmail dot com.


Michael Stuckey Wed, 03/12/2008 - 14:06

Only companies who are partners have access to the learning express. I use to use it all the time. I really liked it a lot. I tried to get my local vendor to add me but they were not receptive to the idea because they felt like it would give me access to their private side of Cisco.

fthommi69 Tue, 03/18/2008 - 03:56

i was reading the discussion forum. U adviced Partner E-learning "learning maps"- could u inform me how i could access this. Is it available for everyone who r members of cisco prep centre?


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