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Steps to Prepare for CCNA 200-301 Exam

Created by Kumar Pal in Articles 5 May 2024

Are you thinking about how to clear your CCNA 200-301 exam? If not, were you planning to appear for the exam? If yes, but you don’t know exactly what you should do, which source to prefer and don’t know all about CCNA exam right????

But don’t you worry guys. We are here to solve all your problems!!

All you have to do is just go through the below mentioned blog and let your one step ahead to your brighter future!!!

Table of content

● What is CCNA?

● What are CCNA prerequisites?

● How many CCNA exams are there?

● How much does the CCNA exam cost?

● What is the question format?

● What is the passing score required?

● Does the CCNA certificate expire?

● Is the CCNA worth it?

● How much would you expect when you get your CCNA certificate?

● How difficult is the CCNA exam?

● How to register for the CCNA exam?

● What resources do you need to pass the CCNA exam?

● How to pass this exam?

● Tips for CCNA preparation

● Conclusion

What is CCNA?

CCNA stands for Cisco certified network associate. It is provided by Cisco. Obtaining this certificate will prove that you have the core knowledge and the hands-on experience to work as a network administrator.

To test your knowledge and skills regarding network access, network fundamentals, automation and programmability, this exam is conducted.

What are CCNA prerequisites?

Similar to many other certificates out there, there are no prerequisites to take the exam.

Cisco recommends that you have one or many years of experience implementing and working with Cisco solutions. They also recommend that you have a basic knowledge of IP addressing as well as you have a good understanding of network fundamentals.

How many CCNA exams are there?

There is only one exam that you need to take which is CCNA 200-301.

This is the only exam that you need to take. If you pass this exam you will get your CCNA certificate.

How much does the CCNA exam cost?

The exam will cost you only three hundred dollars

How long the exam is and how many questions does it contain?

The exam duration is 120 minutes, that is two hours.

You would expect to get from 100 to 120 questions.

The Cisco exam is not like security plus and all the other exams out there. You can go back to the questions, so you can skip the questions that you don’t know and can go back to it later, but in cisco exam you can’t. Whenever you pass that question you can’t get back to it again but also it is doable.

What is the question format?

Most of the questions that you will get will be multiple choice questions and drag and drop questions. Many questions are basically running a command, they will run a command for you.

For example- let’s say show an IP route and they will ask a question about that and will give you the options. Sometimes it’s going to be a single answer, sometimes it’s going to be multiple answers.

What is the passing score required?

Cisco will give each a different passing score, however this score will be from 800 to 850. It’s not going to be higher than 850 and it’s going to be lower than 800.

The way Cisco grades you, they will start you with 300 points right away before you even start your exams and then you will be building from there. Another thing to mention is how you would know what the needed score for you to pass.

Before you even start your exam, they will give you some instructions and it will tell you what your passing score is.

Does the CCNA certificate expire?

Yes, unfortunately it does expire. You can renew it within every 3 years.

Is the CCNA worth it?

Yes, this certificate is definitely worth it for many reasons.

1) Network is everywhere therefore having a basic foundation of networking is fundamental to a successful career in formation technology and my other field.

2) This certificate will prove to your employer that you have what it takes when it comes to networking. You have the skills. You have the knowledge to troubleshoot and to work as a network engineer.

How much would you expect when you get your CCNA certificate?

This is one of the things that tells you that this certificate is worth it. It’s only one certificate but it is going to open many doors for you. According to Glassdoor the average CCNA salary in the United States is $72,381.

You can also look up your country, all you need to do is just write CCNA and after that choose your country and it will tell you what the average salary is for CCNA in your country.

How difficult is the CCNA exam?

You yourself can answer this question. You are the only one who decides how difficult this exam could be. If you prepare the right way this exam won’t be difficult at all.

Don’t let anyone discourage you as there are many people out there, the first thing they will tell you is that this exam is so difficult and there is no way that you are going to get that certificate.

Sometimes they really don’t mean to discourage you but they want to feel accomplished by telling everyone how difficult it was and how challenging it was and they finally made it. Don’t let that stress you out.

I believe that everything is possible in life. It’s just how much work you are willing to put into it and as willing to put into it.

How to register for the CCNA exam?

All you need to do is –

a. Go to Pearson and create an account.

b. After that look up CCNA 200-301 when you find the exam, you have to add it to your card.

c. You have to buy a voucher for the exam which is $300.

d. After that you can schedule your exam.

What resources do you need to pass the CCNA exam?

For the resources you need to buy the CCNA 200-301 official search guide volume one and volume two. You can find them on amazon, the kindle version will cost you around twenty dollars.

If you want to go for the hardcover that’s more expensive you would pay around $37 for volume one and $34 for volume two.

There is a website called o’reilly. They have a good piece of material all related to this course.

How to pass this exam?

Similar to security plus, similar to many other certificates out there you need to be familiar with the wording of the questions because it doesn’t matter how knowledge you have on the field, they can trick you with some questions.

There are many questions that you think you know the answer for but the way they work the question is going to throw you off. So you should go and look for practice questions for the CCNA. If you just Google it there are many practice questions out there for this CCNA.

Tips for CCNA exam preparation-

1) Download exam objectives from official site

2) Set a goal for your exam date and take an assessment.

3) Have a plan such –

◘ Time of day

◘ Hours of sessions of topics

◘ Break

◘ Place and resources.

4) Commit to goals for each study session and work through exam objectives.

5) Take another assessment at 50% of study

6) Take a last assessment at 100% of study.

7) Go with e-learning sources.

8) Ask for virtual instructor-led training to help you out.


So, if you want to pass your exam, go through the resources and do your own research.

You look for things that work for you. Stay committed if you really want to make it, you have to be committed, and you have to study, give yourself a minimum of three hours every day.

Not only that network should be everything in your life when you are in your car listening to some networking podcast, when you are at home and instead of watching, play any YouTube videos about networking on your TV.

So you have to go to the level!!!!!

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Kumar Pal is a Senior Network Solution Architect and an expert on Riverbed WAN optimization and Routing and Switching technologies. He has been working in IT networking industry since 2010. Kumar Pal has done CCNA, CCNP Enterprise, CCIE Enterprise, F5, LTM, F5 DNS, Riverbed certification courses that makes him most versatile professional in ...

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