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How should I prepare for the CCNA exam?

How should I prepare for the CCNA exam? I have completed the Cisco Networking Academy course, but would it help to use resources like TestKing, Certification Zone, MeasureUp, Preplogic and Boson?

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There are two ways to approach the use of practice tests. One is to let your budget dictate how many you can afford to obtain, and then use the heck out of them to get yourself ready for the exam. The other way is to keep taking (and when necessary, buying) practice exams until you can beat the cut score (minimum passing score) by five to ten percent. That helps counter the negative scoring effects of exam anxiety when taking the real thing.

As for TestKing, I don't know that much about them but there appears to be plenty of people who give them good ratings for their products. Here again, my advice is to buy those practice tests that appear to give you the best return on your financial investment, then to buy more if what you wind up with isn't sufficient for you to feel confident that you'll pass the exam.

This was first published in October 2004

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