How to pass the CCNA Exam

If you stumbled upon this article then you are most likely familiar with what the CCNA exam is. It is a vendor specific exam that covers the basics of networking.

CCNA stands for Cisco Certified Network Associate. There are now multiple flavors of CCNA exams including CCNA Security, CCNA Cloud, CCNA Data Center and many others.

Before all of the new flavors of CCNA were introduced there was the original: CCNA Routing and Switching.  This test was an extremely comprehensive test that covered both basic and advanced topics.

At some point the folks at Cisco decided to give the option of breaking up the CCNA exam into two parts:

  • CCENT – Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician
  • CCNA – Cisco Certified Network Administrator

You have the choice of taking the combined test and obtaining the full CCNA certification in one sitting or taking the two tests separately. The full test can be quite daunting so breaking up the test is a great option if you are concerned.

There are a number of ways that you can gain the required knowledge needed to pass the tests. There are dozens of boot camps available that will teach you what you need to know. I am not a big fan of these boot camps because most of them are quite costly. If you are ok with the cost or better yet if you company is willing to pay for the bootcamp then you will certainly be more prepared after completion. Many boot camps will also include the cost of the test. They also often offer some type of pass guarantee. This means that you can either take the test again at no cost or take the class a second time without having to pay.

Self study is certainly an option for this test. There are many books and online video courses that will prepare you well for this exam. I recommend the free video course at

One of the benefits of boot camps is that the instructors often have a very good idea of the types of questions on the tests. The instructors get feedback from their students on a regular basis and use this feedback to adapt their class to ensure that they are teaching the specific knowledge that will likely be on the test.

But, there are also some good online resources that allow you to get the pulse of the recent CCNA exams. These sites are a combination of ethical teaching sites and somewhat black hat test dump sites.

If you are doing self study and you want to really get a good feel for the questions on the test then there is just one website to use. This site is famous in the Cisco world and will really ensure that you are prepared for the CCNA exam by providing sample questions that are very close to what you will find on the actual test. The site is:

I have no idea why the site has such a strange name, but I can vouch for it. The questions and answers that provide are so close to what you will find on the actual exam that you will be amazed. Some folks claim that they have passed the CCNA exam by simply studying the test questions and answers on the website. I believe that this is probably true.

If you study hard and know the material then will top off your knowledge and ensure that you are prepared for the questions you will encounter on the exam.


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