CCNA 200-301 replaces all previous CCNA exams witha single exam.The new exam is 120-minutes with 100+ questions and exam fee is $300 USD. There are significant changes to the new CCNA curriculum.
CCNA 200-301 Knowledge
20% Network Access
25% IP Connectivity
10% IP Services
15% Security Fundamentals
10% Automation and Programmability
New CCNA Topics!
CCNA 200-301 includes a significant amount of wireless and network programmability. That is attributed to the popularity of mobile devices, cloud computing and SDN architecture. Cisco is aligning the new CCNA certification exam with a shift to internet-based connectivity model and OSPF for routing IP protocol only. EIGRP was previously created for multiprotocol routing and RIP is not scalable for mobile and cloud connections.
The management and troubleshooting of network infrastructure is being radically changed with SDN open source architecture. Cisco has enabled programmable features on their devices and virtualization from physical equipment to software services. They have virtual appliances and CCNA engineers now support private and cloud data center connections.
CCNA Training Strategy
Preparing for CCNA certification requires students to invest time to pass the exam. The best strategy is a streamlined study plan with the right information instead of more information.
Cisco CCNA certification has become increasingly complex with questions from multiple knowledge domains and topics. The following are some recommendations to score your best on the new CCNA exam.
Practice tests are essential and when designed properly should verify what you have learned and your readiness for the exam. They are well worth the cost. You go into an exam that is $300 USD and do not know if you are ready for it. The practice tests should have labs to practice operational commands and configuration. Cisco assigns percentages to each topic. Each practice test should include the correct percentage of questions per topic. Practice until you are scoring at least 85% and have honed your time management skills properly.
– subnetting table, binary table, AD values, port numbers, protocol facts, default settings, wildcard masks, ACL stuff and anything else that you often forget.
Subnetting is a key aspect of the CCNA exam for a variety of questions. It is easy as well to make mistakes when converting between binary and decimal values. Write at least all class C subnets on paper when the exam starts. Include the subnetting table and binary table shown for quick conversions.
burn time with a question you could only guess on. Take your best guess and
move on to the next question.
Do not click Next until you are satisfied with your answer and ready for the next question. There is no review allowed or navigation permitted to a previous question.
Do not waste time considering your answers from previous questions. There is no back button or end of test question review with CCNA exam.
questions are sometimes comprised of convoluted wording, drawings and show
command listings. Consider fundamentally what the question is testing.
Read each question a couple of times carefully (to make a well worn point). Note the subtleties with each question that Cisco employs and what the question is really asking.
CCNA Sample Question
The following is an example of wording for a typical CCNA style question.
Q. What command will verify that a router interface is operational (up/up) and responding on a router?
A. show running-config
B. show ip interface brief
The key word responding is used here and that implies sending a packet to an interface and verifying that it is up.
The command show running-config is wrong. You are at the router and can only verify the interface is configured correctly. It is an administrative command that does not verify the interface is responding to arriving packets.
The command show ip interface brief is wrong. You are at the router so there is no send/return of packets and cannot confirm the interface is responding to arriving packets.
Telnet option is inconclusive. Device requires a Telnet configuration. You would not know if the problem was with the Telnet configuration (application layer), ACL filter (application layer) somewhere or the interface (Layer 1-Layer 3).
Ping is best answer. The ICMP packet is sent to the interface and returns with either destination unreachable or packets received to confirm the router interface is operational. You can ping any interface configured with an IPv4 address or IPv6 address.