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June 2nd, 2017 Go to comments

CCNA is a long topic to talk about and there are many tips that can help you save much time when sitting in the exam hall. From the comments here and information from other places, this article tries to summarize all the CCNA frequently asked questions to save you some time. Please feel free to ask anything that you are unclear about CCNA so that all of us can help you. I will update this article frequently to bring you newest information about this exam.

1. Please tell me how many questions in the real CCNA exam, and how much time to answer them?

Until now, you have 90 minutes to answer 50 questions in the real CCNA exam but if your native language is not English, Cisco allows you a 30-minute exam time extension. But there are a few requirements to get this extension, so the best way is asking your teacher or mentor before taking the exam.

2. How much does the CCNA Exam 200-125 cost? And how many points I need to pass the exam?

It now costs $325 (big money, right?) :)

The passing score is 810/1000.

3. How many ways can I get the CCNA certification?

There are 2 ways to achieve this certification:

  • By taking two exams ICND-1 100-105 and ICND-2 200-105
  • By taking only one CCNA 200-125 exam

4. I got the CCNA certification, will this certification expire?

CCNA certification is valid for three years. To recertify, pass the ICND2 exam, or pass the current CCNA exam, or pass a CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, security, voice), or pass the current CCDA exam, or pass any 300 – XXX professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam.

5. After completing the INTRO exam (ICND 1), students currently have a three-year window in which to complete the ICND exam (ICND 2) to earn CCNA certification. Will this option still exist?

Yes, students will still be able to take and pass the first exam (INTRO or ICND1) and have a three-year window to pass the second exam (ICND2), before the first exam expires.

6. If students fulfill the exam requirements for the CCNA certification, will they also receive CCENT certification?

No, students who certify at the CCNA level will not earn CCENT certification. The purpose of the CCENT certification is to provide an option for those who aren’t ready for CCNA.

(Information from http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/le0/le9/learning_certification_type_home.html)

7. Which sims will I see in the CCNA exam?

The popular sims now are ACL1 Sim, IPv6 OSPF Sim, EIGRP GRE Troubleshooting Sim, RIPv2 Troubleshooting, DHCP Sim, Access-list 2 sims but no one can guarantee you will not see other sims in your exam. So the best way is practicing all sims on this site.

8. How many points will I get for one sim?

Well, Cisco doesn’t tell how many points you will get for each correctly solved sim but from my experience, you will get from 80 to 100 points for each sim. Cisco maybe is a bit rude for sims because you will just get a few points if you can’t solve the sim completely. So be careful with the sims and try to write all the commands on paper many times before taking this exam.

9. In the real exam, I clicked “Next” after choosing the answer, can I go back for reviewing?

No, this is a very important thing about CCNA exam. You can just go forward! You can visit http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/wwtraining/certprog/training/cert_exam_tutorial.html to be familiar with the exam interface.

10. What is the key to pass CCNA?

The CCNA exam covers many aspects of networking and most of the topics will be asked. But the most important topic is subnetting so make sure you understand how to subnet. Of course other topics are important too so you shouldn’t bypass them.

11. Can I use short commands, for example “conf t” instead of “configure terminal”? Will I get full mark for short commands?

It is another big question in the CCNA exam. Some reports said that you can use the “Tab” and short commands but some said they didn’t work. Sometimes the simulator in the exam doesn’t accept short commands and marks as “incomplete command”. Besides, no one can guarantee it will cost points or not if you use short commands so my recommendation is you should learn the full commands.

12. What are your recommended materials for CCNA?

There are many options you can choose, but below are materials used and recommended by many candidates:


The difference between CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration is “CCNA Discovery is designed for students with basic PC skills and can be delivered as an independent curriculum or integrated into broader courses of study at secondary schools, technical schools, colleges, and universities. CCNA Exploration is designed for students with advanced problem solving and analytical skills, such as those who are pursuing degrees in engineering, math, or science”. (Reference from “new CCNA faq”).

Video Training:

  • CBT Nuggets
  • Train Signal
  • Testout

From my point of view, these video are just optional materials and they cost much, you can definitely pass the CCNA exam without buying them. If you have strong budget and want to learn in a more comfortable way then buy them! (but it is difficult to pass if just listening to them without reading books, believe me!)

Simulators (luckily, they’re the best and free):

  • Packet Tracer (and you can get real exam labs on my site here)
  • GNS 3

GNS 3 is really good and it uses real IOS so all the commands are available but these IOS are copyrighted so it is hard to get. Besides, GNS 3 needs much RAM to run so from my experience you should use the Router c2600 with 64MB RAM to run if your labs are simple (like assign IP addresses, hostname, RIP…). If you need to configure OSPF or EIGRP, use higher router. These two simulators are enough to practice labs for CCNA but if you want to learn about other simulators, check out my Free Router Simulators article. Packet Tracer is light, quick and convenient for common tasks but sometimes it doesn’t act like real devices. A good point of Packet Tracer is that Cisco has many good labs (.pkt files) to practice with.

Websites & Forums:

About Dumps…

If you use dumps like pass4sure, Testking or ActualTest… make sure you understand the concept behind each question. It’s a very big mistake if you just learn which answer is correct without understanding the concept. Notice that in the real CCNA exam, you will be given different IP addresses, subnets and more options to choose; so it is easier to understand them than to learn them by heart. Finally, my advice is you just should use dumps as a final review after finishing the CCNA course.

13. How much time should I spend on each sim?

You should not spend more than 15 minutes for each sim. Recall that you only have 90 minutes so if you spend 15 minutes for each sim x 4 sims = 60 minutes (now the sims have been reduced to 3 but we calculate 4 sims for safe). The 30 minutes left is for solving 40 multiple choice questions. If you are not a native English speaker and have 30-minute expansion (ask your teacher or testing center to confirm) than you can spend 20 minutes for each sim.

14. Can I pass without doing sims?

As mentioned above, each sim will cost you from 80 to 100 points. In the real exam you will have to solve 4 sims that give from 320 to 400 points. Suppose you answer all other questions perfectly then you will get 600 to 680 points but the passing score is 825. It means that you surely fail if ignore them.

From the calculation above, if you miss only one sim the chance to pass is average but if you miss two, the chance to pass is very, very low.

15. I need to know if the exam questions are the same in all the geographical locations?

Yes, the exam questions are the same in all geographical locations. But notice that Cisco has a pool of questions and each time you take the exam, a number of random questions will show up so you will not see all the same questions as the previous exam.

16. I am going to take the exam in a few days and I wonder can we have a pen and paper for IP calculations or calculator itself?

You are not allowed to bring a calculator or anything else to the exam room. You can’t use the virtual calculator in Windows, too. You will receive a rough paper or a small board to write everything you need during the exam. However, you should bring a pen or a pencil because sometimes the exam hall doesn’t have one (yes, some exam centers are not good)  and maybe it will make you more comfortable.

17. I failed the exam. Will I see the same questions and sims in my next try?

Cisco has a pool of questions and sims so you will see some same (but surely not all) questions in your next exam. Luckily, the sims are the same (read question 7 for popular sims in the exam).

18. In the exam, how can I access to the routers in the simulator?

As you can see in the exam, there is always one PC connected to the router you need configure. Just click on this PC to be taken to the CLI of the router (no need to type telnet … or do anything else). Of course it is not true in real life but maybe Cisco did it that way to save you some time!

19. I am going to take the exam in a couple of days. Where can I get newest information from candidates who have just passed the exam?

You can visit the Share your CCNA Experience section in this site, scroll down to the bottom of that page to read newest information about CCNA exam.I really want to say thanks to all candidates who are willing to share experience after taking the exam. It is an invaluable gift for CCNA candidates.

20. I passed CCNA. Do you have any site similar to 9tut.com for CCNP?

We have digitaltut.com for ROUTE, certprepare.com for SWITCH and networktut.com for TSHOOT, voicetut.com for CCNA Voice, securitytut.com for CCNA Security and dstut.com for CCDA. We always try our best to bring you newest information about these exams, hope you enjoy these sites too!

21. I am going to get my CCNA exam and I have a question: in the drag and drop questions are the answers must be arranged?

It depends on the questions. If the question clearly states that you have to arrange the answers in a given order (for example, from smallest to greatest; from lowest to highest; step 1,2,3…) then you have to arrange them correctly. In most cases, you don’t need to arrange them so don’t worry and don’t try to learn the order shown in the materials you use before taking the exam.

22. Hi all, I want to ask if out of 5 questions in the sim 1 or 2 questions are answered wrongly, do we get 0 marks for that sim or get something for other correct answers?
You still get points for the parts you answered correctly so try to answer as much as possible for that sim.

23. Why don’t I see any questions and answers on 9tut.com? I only see the explanation…

Because of copyrighted issues, we had to remove all the questions and answers. You can download a PDF file to see the questions at this link: http://juquitiba.sp.gov.br/?exams=ccna-questions-and-answers

24. How can I join the Premium Membership on 9tut.com?

You can join the Premium Membership on 9tut.com at this link. After the registration you can login via this link.

Is there anything you want to ask, just ask! All of us will help you.

(Please don’t ask for copyright materials here)

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  1. @asd
    March 18th, 2011

    the tab key may work but we should not use it

  2. rp
    March 20th, 2011

    In regard to opening the lab files, Packet Tracer 5.3 will have problems just like what I’ve encountered. Packet Tracer 5.2 will solve this.
    All the best to everyone who are preparing. Well done to our mates at this forum who are helping out. Thanks to 9tut for keeping this site dynamic.

  3. pawan
    March 23rd, 2011

    Can anyone help?
    Is 640-802.v17.14.by.Acme.356q.vce valid dumps or not?

  4. @asd
    March 29th, 2011

    if tab and ? work in your test sims then they allow it for a reason. if they didn’t want you to use it they would disable it. don’t count on them working but if they do, then do not hesitate to take advantage of them. you will not lose points

  5. sparksphemy
    March 30th, 2011

    Hey y’all, just wanna give ma shoutouts to the sponsors of this site 4 makin dis info readily available 4 us all. Itz been quite helpful in sheddin light on some of d issues dat I wuz battlin wit b4 even makin an attempt at writin d exam…now I am motivated to go write it and I believe I wuld ace it!

  6. Mike
    April 4th, 2011

    CCNA test don’t allow you to use the computer calculater either (unlike Microsoft certs) so know your subnetting math by heart…remember if you see 192 at the end of class C address…that’s 2 bits in the last octet, 224 is 3 bits. And so forth

  7. US CCNA
    April 4th, 2011

    I sat in on an official Cisco CCNA webinar last week. They stated that ? and tab will work in sims. You will not lose points if you use them. They stated that what you will lose is TIME as you are obviously using these shortcuts because you do not know the proper command/ syntax. They said they know that nobody can memorize all of the commands in IOS. That is why they allow them in the exam sims. So anybody that tells you you shouldn’t use them or that you will lose points doesn’t know what they are talking about. use them if you have to and don’t worry about it. Just work as quickly as you can as time is your enemy!

  8. Sadisticrage
    April 7th, 2011

    I’ll be taking both ICND 1 and 2 tomorrow, just wanted to say thank you for providing this website. This will be my second time taking both exams. First time failed both with a score somewhere between 730 and 800, wasn’t prepared and didn’t take the time to get the concepts down. Now the second time around hopefully I will do better, most likely helps that I have already seen the simlets and have an idea of what I may or may not get this time around. Basically if you understand the concepts of things you will do better then going in completely blind.

    I’ll post again tomorrow with whether or not I passed or not.

  9. M1ch
    April 8th, 2011

    @ Sadisticrage

    pass or not ???

    how many questions ??

    Labs ??

    REFER which dumps ??

  10. mohit
    April 8th, 2011

    join NIIT Hussainganj lucknow it will help u surelly in taking your CCNA 640-802

  11. Sadisticrage
    April 8th, 2011

    Still havent taken it yet, won’t take unit a few more hours, its only 0730 am here. :)

    @M1ch I didn’t use dumps, mostly have used CBT and have gone through CCNA mods 1-4 3 times now, passed the final everytime, just wasn’t comfortable with the information I actually retained vs what I believe I needed to retain. Once I get done with the exams I will post w/e I can remember.

  12. zargham ahmed
    April 8th, 2011

    how can i get the ccna voucher……from karachi
    plz tell me….thanks

  13. Mahasha Norman
    April 11th, 2011

    i’m going to write 640-822 on Thursday , what kind of sim are covered on 640-822.

  14. subash35
    April 13th, 2011

    anyone who can give me the latest dump site address …reality_subash@hotmail.com

  15. Cham
    April 17th, 2011

    can anyone send me latest dump? and software that opens vce file. kindly send me the link for software and latest dump.. thank you so much.. champy_dioso@yahoo.com

  16. shahzad
    April 18th, 2011

    can anyone send me latest dump? kindly send me the link latest dump.. thank you so much


  17. ReR
    April 18th, 2011

    Hi all can anyone help me???
    why some dumps cant open with my visual certExam manger??
    such as testking/prepking test guide only just certifyme dumps???
    plz plz help me i want study!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. ReR
    April 18th, 2011

    i opened Cisco.TestInside.640-802.v17.14.by.Acme.356q.vce
    SO can one help me why it’s open only 5 question i need to study plz plz help???????????
    i’m waiting ur answer!!!!!!! plz help

  19. Kunal
    April 19th, 2011

    ReR, you need to have a file named zwt. It’s some kind of registration entires. After you install zwt, then only you ll be able to to open all the questions. Otherwise, without zwt, the Virtual Certexam suite remains as a trial version and you can’t open more than 5 answers.

  20. Ricky
    April 20th, 2011

    Hi guys i am having trouble to open all the question in acme so please any one help me….because i am having exam tomorrow….

  21. Anonymous
    April 21st, 2011

    some of my friends told ccna dumps changed…is it true?also is it posible to pass exam using old dumps?……………………..waiting for reply

  22. viplav
    April 21st, 2011

    there are many news about CCNA patterns now days.


    Is TestInside.640-802.v17.14.by.Acme.356q.vce is valid or not

  23. @……..marty
    April 22nd, 2011

    can any 1 please explain me how to use ip phone in packet tracer….i am very confused

  24. Ankush
    April 25th, 2011

    What is the fee for ICND1 ( CCENT) exam?

  25. @—–ankush
    April 25th, 2011

    7000 to 7500.

  26. @ankush
    April 27th, 2011

    $125 USD for ICND1

    know your subnetting!! that is a major focus on ICND1!!!

  27. Jay
    May 1st, 2011

    Hi I took the exam today and failed with the score of 815

    For the VTP lab question 9 I couldn’t find the Ip default-gateway when I ran the show running config command on SW3. Can someone please tell me if there is a work around available for this question. I really don’t want to fail the second time

  28. CCNA EIGRP LAB Question
    May 1st, 2011

    The numbers did not line up properly but they should be write in a row and column fashion.

  29. Salman541
    May 3rd, 2011

    i will be taking my ICND 1 exam soon, just wondering if anyone has dumps for the exams so i can study them before the exam. if you could kindly email (salman541@hotmail.com) me the dumps, i will really appreciate that.


  30. Shuvro Paul
    May 4th, 2011

    Please give me link for CBT nugget for CCNA.

  31. Ruisu
    May 7th, 2011

    Just failed. Passing is 825 and I got a 815. LMAO…. Labs still the same. Not too bad for never having touched a Cisco switch and I crammed it all in 4 1/2 days. I’m taking it again next week. I will update if anything changes.

  32. MOMO
    May 10th, 2011

    This site is soo coool. Thanks for every1 for the infomation is sooo niice that I am not the only one about with same questions. Thanks

  33. maxo
    May 10th, 2011

    big big thanks to contributors in this forum, it is indeed a success medium tips. thanks 2 9tut.

    i passed my ccna with 933/1000.

    we vtp sim, access-list and eigrp sim and about 6-8 new question.

    are preparing to write ccna pls read the sims here in 9tut with details.

  34. its
    May 11th, 2011


    what do you use dump ?
    dump 366 by Royal valid?

  35. DISUM
    May 11th, 2011

    can any 1 tell where to use

    ip access-group 110 out

    ip access-group 110 in

    whats the difference between both

  36. IceSmacker
    May 11th, 2011

    @ DISUM

    All is about the direction man…lets say u have a router. Left interface is a serial connected to the internet. On the right u have a fast ethernet 0/0 connected to a lan.

    ——– (router)———-

    If u apply an access list 110 in Serial(meaning traffic coming from the internet will be block if ur ACL say so)
    Applying an ACL out of serial can block traffic coming from your LAN going OUT on the Internet.

    Same thing for the fast ethernet interface. Always know where traffic is coming from and it will be easy for u to determine where to apply the access-list.

    One last thing. Always apply an standard access-list as closest as possible where your destination router is.
    Always apply an extended access-list on the router who is closest from your source host.

  37. @Soundar
    May 13th, 2011

    these rumors have been coming since 1st week of April….they have’nt changed, so keep working on all above mentioned,especially ACME and Test Inside latest

  38. vass
    May 13th, 2011

    Is anybody understand the Telnet question?

    The question is

    >vty 0 4
    >password cisco
    > no login

    In my experience that will alow access staight in. However the multi choice questions make no sence.

  39. vijay
    May 14th, 2011

    I think this is the nice website anyone learn so much from this website……

  40. Paul
    May 14th, 2011

    Hey folks, does anyone know where I can get the packet tracer app. I’m not part of the Cisco
    Training academy. doing this all on my own. Thanks…

  41. DISUM
    May 14th, 2011

    you can search it in google search engine

    just type Packet tracer free download with tutorials, Get them with tutorials then it becomes easy for you to workout

  42. Paul
    May 16th, 2011

    Hey guys, I hate to ask this question again but can we definitely use the tab key? I’m so use to it, I need to know if I should practice without it…Thx

  43. nikhil
    May 18th, 2011

    i m going for ccna 640-802 exam in next month on 25 june……….can somebody tell me which is the best dumps to pass this exam………

  44. Vinita
    May 18th, 2011

    Couldnot clear CCNA in first attempt :(
    Can someone tell me when (after how many days) I can take the second chance at the earliest.

  45. Avinash
    May 18th, 2011

    5 days from the completion of your test date

  46. Rik
    May 21st, 2011


    I’d recommend practicing without using tab. I’ve heard off multiple different sources that some labs have the function but then others don’t.. So I guess it’s best to be prepared!

    I also heard that you can potentially lose points using it, but I’m hoping that’s just a myth.

  47. Kiran
    May 21st, 2011

    Hi All,

    Can some one help with a latest dumps please

    My Email id :- kiran_bandari20@yahoo.com


  48. prima
    May 22nd, 2011

    Hi Guys,

    Where can I download the latest version of PACKET TRACER ???

    Thank you very much inadvance

  49. Yousuf
    May 23rd, 2011

    Hi All,

    Can some one help with a latest dumps CCNA 640-802 Q & A , please

    My Email id/ ysms2020@hotmail.com

    Best Regards,


  50. MJH
    May 25th, 2011

    On various sims we can check our config is correct by pinging other routers/hosts etc. Does Cisco award points for checking our config even if the question doesnt say anything about verifying?


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