Getting a valid Cisco certification means a lot in the market, as it is going to boost your career as a networking professional. This article is specifically for those who are planning to appear in the globally recognized exam of CCNA (Routing & Switching). If you would like to get a detailed description on Cisco Certified Network Associate you can simply check out my previous article “A Beginner’s Guide to a Career in Networking.”
An important thing that most people won’t tell you is that there are frauds out there who will offer you a Cisco certification, demanding hard cash for it, assuring that you won’t need to go through the exam and study process. There are chances of you getting robbed and ending up receiving a fraudulent document.
There’s no shortcuts to this.
Don’t Think You Can Pass CCNA Without Working For It!
Do not, and I mean it, do NOT trust anyone that tells you that you can get the certification by paying a third party. Let me go ahead and tell you the real story behind it.
What actually happens is that someone from a remote location (i.e. Srilanka) will attempt the online exam on behalf of you, using a fake identity. They give you the impression that they’ve passed the exam and depict that you are certified.
But here’s what actually happens. When you check the official Cisco tracking system, it does not appear over there with your picture. Don’t let the frauds outsmart you, because after reading this piece of writing you will have enough knowledge of the dos and don’ts of passing CCNA.
I would personally recommend that you do things the right way. I can assure you that if you follow the given instructions in this article, the Cisco CCNA certification will take only a matter of weeks. And on top of that you can get a discount up to 58% on the exam fee.
There are two ways to attempt the certification paper:
- 200-120 CCNAX – Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (One Exam)
- 100-101 ICND1/101-200 ICND2 – Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (Two Exams)
I recommend that you appear for 200-120 CCNAX, as it’s only one exam, hence less exams and less burden.
Pick the Right Exam
Pick the right exam from the above-mentioned names and don’t opt for 640-802 CCNA as it is not accepted anymore and is obsolete.
Now it is time to answer the million dollar question of what you need to do in order to get certified in a hassle free, secure and economic way.
People in the market charge 3000-5000 rupees just for these tips. I myself paid the same amount in order to get the information about the discount, but I’m sharing everything I learned absolutely free to help out others. In case of any questions, you can comment below this post and I’ll answer.
Follow these simple instructions and become a CCNA today.
Step 1: Get a Discount on the Exam
1) Register yourself as an exam applicant
Simply register online by providing all the necessary information and make an account.
There are two ways to do it
- Register on Cisco’s Official Website
- Register on Cisco’s Netcad Online academy
After making an account, fill out the profile information box; verify your details via email then select the CCNA routing & switching course.
2) Click the Module section
In the next step you’ll see a module which carries about 9 – 11 chapters with 20 -35 MCQs each and one final paper with 50-60 MCQs .You will be required to attempt 4 modules in total within a time frame of 2 months .Once you have completed the first module you will automatically have access of the second one and so on so forth.
Don’t answer all sections in the module; only answer chapter exams and the final exam. Attempting others will be a waste of time, although you can try out practice exam to get an idea of how things work.
Don’t start answering the module yet as there is a 75 min time to complete each of the chapters exam and 90 mins for the final module exam.
3) How do I answer all the questions?
In order to answer all modules chapter and final exam questions, you can take online help from ccna5ccnp and ccna5. It’s free and easy to navigate. Simply click the relevant section to get answers, copy the question and paste it in the Find option on the specific help website that you are using.
Passing criteria is 85%, but as you have all the answers in front of you, so passing won’t be much of a trouble. All you gotta do is act smart.
4) Wait for the discount voucher to arrive via email
Complete all the modules and after passing them all, you’ll have to wait for the discount voucher to arrive via email. Once you have received the discount code, keep it safe with you as you’re gonna need it for the Official CCNA exam. By this time you are eligible to appear in the exam anytime within a period of 3 months, and the best thing is you have to pay only 125$ instead of 300$.You will save money plus you’re now familiar with the questions and the process. Things can’t get easier and better than this!
Step 2: Preparing for the CCNA Exam
1) Study material / free software for home based practicals
Install Packet tracer as it is going to help you in performing all practicals related to the exam .It is free and saves you a lot of money on expensive hardware .One software and your job is done. Books include Cisco CCENT/CCNA Official Cert Guide by Cisco Press. More free online material is mentioned in my previous post.
2) Exam dumps
Exam dumps are basically, guess papers or past papers. 99% of the final exam is comprised of the latest dumps. Choice of a dump file is very important so I have only mentioned the top ranking dumps sites that provide up to date material. For latest dumps visit getfreedumps, examcollection and braindumps. A dump file consists of 350-400 questions out of which each and every question of the CCNA exam is asked.
3) Exam structure
Final paper comprises of 50- 60 MCQs which are to be attempted within a time limit of 90 mins.
4) How to get extra time in the exam
Most of you might not know that people who belong to a non-native English speaking country can get a 30 min extension in exam time. As a Pakistani, you’ll be allotted a total of 120 mins to attempt the complete exam. All you have to do is request the examiner to add the additional time in your exam.
5) Passing criteria
You need to score a minimum of 85% to pass CCNA. Once you’ve passed, Tada! Mission accomplished.
CCNA expires after 3 years as the technology keeps on changing with time .You have to rectify the certification in order to understand latest technologies.
Jobs In upcoming future
CCNA Routing and switching is a good option as it is the jack of all trades and in the future, you can even get hired for integration of IPv4 to IPv6.
Cisco itself offers its students a chance to work professionally with Cisco Inc. It is also running academy monster program which helps fresh CCNA’s to find jobs and on top of that you can always trust Google for job hunt.
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Have a great one ☺
Note about the author: Mr. Sharoon is a Networks/Systems admin by profession. He has done CCNA, CCNP & MCSE. He also has a great passion for writing.