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CCNA 640-801 primer

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The CCNA certification equips you with networking skills to design, plan, install, configure and operate small to medium size computer networks. CCNA certified professionals can install, configure, and operate LAN, WAN, and dial access services for small networks (100 nodes or fewer), including but not limited to use of these protocols: IP, IGRP, Serial, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLANs, RIP, Ethernet, Access Lists.

The CCNA certification has grown significantly in popularity over the last few years. It is a worthwhile addition to the resume of any networking professional.

CCNA exam tracks

Track 1
640-801 CCNA

Track 2
640-821 INTRO 640-811 ICND
There are two tracks that can be followed in achieving the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification. : Single Exam Path Passing the exam. : Dual Exam Path Passing the exam and exam.

Topics on the test

Planning & Designing

  • Design a simple LAN using Cisco Technology
  • Design an IP addressing scheme to meet design requirements
  • Select an appropriate routing protocol based on user requirements
  • Design a simple internetwork using Cisco technology
  • Develop an access list to meet user specifications
  • Choose WAN services to meet customer requirements
Implementation & Operation
  • Configure routing protocols given user requirements
  • Configure IP addresses, subnet masks, and gateway addresses on routers and hosts
  • Configure a router for additional administrative functionality
  • Configure a switch with VLANS and inter-switch communication
Implement a LAN
  • Customize a switch configuration to meet specified network requirements
  • Manage system image and device configuration files
  • Perform an initial configuration on a router
  • Perform an initial configuration on a switch
  • Implement access lists
  • Implement simple WAN protocols
  • Utilize the OSI model as a guide for systematic network troubleshooting
  • Perform LAN and VLAN troubleshooting
  • Troubleshoot routing protocols
  • Troubleshoot IP addressing and host configuration
  • Troubleshoot a device as part of a working network
  • Troubleshoot an access list
  • Perform simple WAN troubleshooting
  • Describe network communications using layered models
  • Describe the Spanning Tree process
  • Compare and contrast key characteristics of LAN environments
  • Evaluate the characteristics of routing protocols
  • Evaluate TCP/IP communication process and its associated protocols
  • Describe the components of network devices
  • Evaluate rules for packet control
  • Evaluate key characteristics of WANs
List of recommended topics is given below. Please note that related topics not listed below may also be asked on the exam.

Review Of CCNA 640-801 exam specifics

Pre Requisites

Time Allotted

Total marks

Passing Grade

Score Report

Certification validation period

Number of Questions

Exam Pattern
  • Multiple Choice with Single answer: Student is required to select a single answer from a range of options (generally 4-5) by clicking on a radio button.

  • Multiple Choice with Multiple answer: Student is required to select a range of options. The number of options to select is specified. The selection is made by clicking on a checkbox. A "v" appears against selected checkboxes.

  • Drag And Drop: These questions are graphical in nature. Student is required to drag options to different drop areas.

  • Fill in the Blank: Student is required to type in the missing text to complete the sentence.

  • Router Simulation: Router simulation questions test knowledge of Cisco IOS in simulated environment. All of Cisco IOS commands are not supported by the simulator, however the task can be performed with the available commands in the simulator. Do note that the exam engine may be slow when switching between the simulator-based questions and the standard multiple-choice questions.

: The CCNA exam has no pre requisites. : 90 minutes : The exam is marked from 300 to 1000. Minimum marks is 300. : Cisco revises the ccna passing score periodically. Last known pass mark is 849/1000. : Delivered immediate on test completion. : 3 years : Not fixed. In general the questions range from 55 to 65 in number. : The pattern may vary from exam to exam, depending on how many questions are there to be answered. The question types found on the CCNA exam are: provides training resources for Cisco certification exams: CCIE, CCNP, CCNA, CCDP, CCDA. It offers FREE learning resources to students such as study guides and router simulation labs at it's online learning center located at .
This was last published in August 2004

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