How to Pass the CCNA Exam

If you’re serious about learning networking and gaining the knowledge necessary to pass the CCNA 200-301 exam, I strongly recommend you accomplish the following tasks:

  • Watch CCNA courses starting from basics to more advanced concepts.
  • Support your studies with CCNA books to gain a deeper understanding.
  • Do CCNA practice exams until you feel confident.

The O’Reilly Online Learning Platform has everything you need to prepare for the CCNA 200-301 exam. They have CCNA courses, books, and practice exams.

When watching CCNA courses, however, first do Kevin Wallace’s CCNA 200-301 Complete Video Course. Second, follow with Ben Jacobson’s CCNA 200-301 course. And finally, complete Wendell Odom’s CCNA 200-301 Exam Prep Live Lessons.

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Alirio Zavarce, CCIE #28672, is a seasoned enterprise route-switch consultant with 30 years of experience with data networks. Alirio started this networking blog to help his peers become better network engineers and share all his everyday experiences and troubleshooting tips. More about me...

If Alirio had to prepare to take it again, here's what he would do to pass the CCIE lab.

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2 thoughts on “How to Pass the CCNA Exam”

    • Thank you, Petru. First, understanding the protocols by reading books and watching training videos and then doing labs on CML, GNS3, Even-NG, etc. is super important to pass your CCNA.


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