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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. Jayden
    July 7th, 2011

    Hi everyone. To help everyone with their exam, I have put the following in one zip file.
    – Visual Cert Exam Manager to run dump .vce files
    – Latest July CCNA Dumps for VisualCertExamManager, v104.4tk dump, and Actualtests dump
    – .pkt Packet Tracer SIM/LAB files from 9tut
    – Sybex CCNA PDF
    – Bryant Advantage Ultimate CCNA Study Package


  2. Mike
    July 7th, 2011

    Does anybody know how to look at an exhibit and see what are access ports vs trunk without access to the int trunk command?

  3. Kayden
    July 10th, 2011

    thanks people for all the sharing. I took the exam yesterday and got a score of 894. Although, the people here weren’t very responsive to the questions asked, overall I had a good lerning experience from all the past messages. Cheers and good luck to those attempting the exam. :)

  4. Nihara
    July 12th, 2011

    Hey! I am not able to open the .pkt files for the sims solutions using packet tracer. I get an error message saying that it is not a valid packet tracer file. Please help me with some practice labs or simulations to work with using Packet tracer.

  5. Anonymous
    July 13th, 2011

    hey too had this problem… i guess ur using older version. Just download the latest version and try it

  6. Jim
    July 13th, 2011

    where you get the lattest ver without having to be a cisco member?

  7. VEEPE
    July 13th, 2011

    HOW may people write CCNA Exam in a year and how many passes the exam can you give me a rough ratio?


  8. Dhusk
    July 14th, 2011

    Passed! Thank you so much 9tut. Donating…

  9. Mathan
    July 18th, 2011

    Cracked my exam today with a score of 986. Thanks to actual test, exam collection & 9tut.

  10. vass
    July 19th, 2011


    I would appreciate if you can help me to understand the scoring process.

    I took my exam and got 801 and I got suprise with the access list sim, which I have learned by hart, to show only 50% on the score sheet. Is that the top score for this sim? or is combined with something else?

  11. Manu
    July 19th, 2011

    Hello Vass

    If u get 50% it means u were little fast in reading the SIMit is not the same that u see in dumps they twisted it.

    permit host B from accessing finance server access-list 100 permit ip host host
    deny host B from accessing the OTHER server (not the whole network) access-list 100 deny ip host
    permit everything else permit ip any any
    Only allow Host C to to access the financial server access-list 100 permit ip host host
    Not allow anyone else in any way communicate with the financial server access-list 100 deny ip any host
    Allow all other traffic permit ip any any
    – Host C should be able to use a web browser(HTTP)to access the Finance Web Server access-list 100 permit tcp host host eq 80
    – Other types of access from host C to the Finance Web Server should be blocked
    – All access from hosts in the Core or local LAN to the Finance Web Server should be blocked access-list 100 deny ip any host
    (because the requirement says we can not use more than 3 statements so we have to use “any” here for the hosts in the Core and hosts in local LAN)
    – All hosts in the Core and local LAN should be able to access the Public Web Server * access-list 100 permit ip any host
    (If the question asks this, surely it has to give you the IP of Public Web Server)
    Host C should be able to use a web browser to access the financial web server access-list 100 permit tcp host host eq 80
    Other types of access from host C to the finance web server should be blocked access-list 100 deny ip host host
    All hosts in the core and on the local LAN should be able to access the Public web server * access-list 100 permit ip any host
    (The IP of Public Web Server will surely be given in this question)

  12. Andii
    July 20th, 2011

    i took d my ccna exam, scored 1000. i think it’s not dat difficult

  13. Andii
    July 20th, 2011

    i took my ccna exam, scored 1000. i think it’s not dat difficult

  14. vass
    July 20th, 2011


    Thank you for your comments it much appreciated. I hope to pass next time.

  15. wilson
    July 21st, 2011

    hey guy i am preparing to seat for certifacation next month can i get the currently dump site or what are the procedure can i follow to to access the site.

  16. wilson
    July 21st, 2011

    please email dump site the curernt one to

  17. wilson
    July 21st, 2011

    hey Jayden
    could u please email me these staff
    – Visual Cert Exam Manager to run dump .vce files
    – LatestJuly CCNA Dumps for VisualCertExamManager,v104.4tk dump, and Actualtests dump
    – .pkt Packet Tracer SIM/LAB files from 9tut
    – Sybex CCNA PDF
    – Bryant Advantage Ultimate CCNA Study Package

  18. wilson
    July 21st, 2011

    hey andii email me dump site for the most current done certfication

  19. vass
    July 21st, 2011


    The Dumps on this site are still valid combine it with the 9tut site for the Sims.

  20. Erica
    July 22nd, 2011

    Hey! Is it enuf to prac the sims from 9tut only or shud i refer to some other sites as well?! And for dumps I’ve heard acme n tk218 are gud…is tht true?! Is the Exam Cram of ne help?! I will b taking d test on 25th n i’m freaking out! Been goin thru d cisco press books and CBTNuggets bt still scared! Plz help!!!!!

  21. 9tut
    July 22nd, 2011

    @Erica: All the sims in the exam were posted here so it is enough to practice sims from 9tut only. Make sure you grasp the 3 popular sims (VTP, EIGRP, ACL 2). Read the “Share your CCNA experience” (http://juquitiba.sp.gov.br/?exams=share-your-experience) for more information before taking your exam.

    Best wishes! :)

  22. Erica
    July 22nd, 2011

    @9tut: Thank u so much!!! :) :)
    n dis is truly an awesome site! I’mm post once i’m done wid my exam too! Thanx again! :)

  23. Erica
    July 22nd, 2011

    Hey 9tut… i hav another question…are v allowed to use “tab’ n “?” in d exam or do v lose marks for using them?!
    Thanx again! :)

  24. ipv8
    July 22nd, 2011

    @9tut, I passed my CCNA. Thanks a lot for maintaining such an awesome site .. Planning to study for CCNP next. Plz suggest relevant books and dumps for CCNP.

  25. 9tut
    July 23rd, 2011

    @ipv8: Maybe you should start with CCNP – ROUTE. Please visit http://www.digitaltut.com you will find all recommended materials for learning CCNP ROUTE there.

  26. hossam salem
    July 24th, 2011

    my exam is coming up on 27 July 2011. pls i need latest dumps from you all. thanks
    send to

  27. Anonymous
    July 26th, 2011

    Guys I’ve just pass thanks to all of your help and thanks to 9tut. Remember that the sim questions give the most marks and make sure you get them right, (100%), also be carefull of the access list, read the requirements very carefully.

    Good luck to all of you.

  28. WAN
    July 27th, 2011

    Hi guys
    @9Tut and all, plz Help, I sat 4 my exam last week and failed, I was completely shocked as I knew my stuff, I was flying and finished before my allocated time expired, yet I failed, I cant think of any other way to explain it, except may be there was an error somewhere or I lost marks for some commands that I entered in the wrong places!, here is what I did

    1) I enter “copy run start” in the VTP (5 qs section) console/host, cos I thout I had 2 save my work
    2)I also entred “copy run start” in the EIGRP section, not the router that needed the correction, but in the other routers where I didnt have to configure anything

    in the score sheet it says I lost 50% for both section, I thoght I asnwered them correctly, could it be b’coz of thos sommands?
    also do u lose marks for using “Tab” key?
    ur inputs and suggestions are appreciated!!,guys

  29. vass
    July 27th, 2011


    If you got 50% means that you haven’t answer the question in full. There is no problem to use the tab, I have done in and got 100% on the sims.

    However I used to get 50% until Manu pointed out on me that I do not read the questions carefully and Cisco do change the requirements on the access list and on the EIGRP sim.

    When you finish any kind of configuration on the sims do copy run start. Then test your change.

    No need to save anything on the VTP sim as you do not perform any changes.

    I hope this may help.

  30. August
    July 27th, 2011

    Hi All pls tell me now many Drag and Drop is written in a real CCNA Cert Exam and how many points per-question to those Drag and Drop?. it helps me a lot, I plan to take my CCNA Cert Exam at 2nd week of August 2k11.

  31. Vass
    July 27th, 2011


    The exam has 53 questions and all score differently. In my last exam which I passed there were 4 drag and drop questions but I don’t think that is a fix number, as on my previous exam I’ve only go 2.

    Also there is no fix points for the drag and drop ones. The only sure is that the simulations currently are 3 and they give maximum points between 80 and 100.

  32. August
    July 28th, 2011

    @Vass a million thanks for the info I set my examination at August 15, 2011. once I pass I personally update all of you guys ;)

  33. lm
    July 29th, 2011

    I passed my CCNA yesterday. Thanks 9tut!!!

  34. wilson
    July 29th, 2011

    send me tactic one can use to pass exam plus dump site address

  35. Anonymous
    July 29th, 2011

    Hi every one,
    In ACL sim given password is “cisco”
    Comas are the part of password or not.
    Please help me

  36. CCNA_Bound
    July 29th, 2011

    This page was last updated in Feb. Does it need to be updated? Have any of the answers to these questions changed? Thank you

  37. 9tut
    July 30th, 2011

    @CCNA_Bound: Don’t worry. All the information is still valid. We always update when getting new information about the exam.

  38. CCNA_Bound
    July 30th, 2011

    Thanks 9tut. This site has turned out to be better than most of the classes I’ve attended. Breaks everything down step by step. August 19th here I come.

  39. Anonymous
    August 2nd, 2011


    There are no comas in the password cisco. Just type cisco at the router interface. (First type en for enable then it will promp you to type the password)

    password: cisco

  40. August
    August 4th, 2011

    is ACME dump valid?

  41. SP
    August 8th, 2011

    In the simulation part of the exam , can we actually see the output and verify that the command executed made the system work according to what has been required ?

  42. 9tut
    August 8th, 2011

    @SP: Yes you can!

  43. Josephjoshi
    August 9th, 2011

    Hi 9tut,
    I failed ccna yesterday. I scored 815/1000. Missed by just 10 points. Simulations were EIGRP, ACL and VTP. I got the output for simulations. Still i dunno where i lost the marks.
    I wanted to know about any reports regarding second attempt, whether are there any chances of change in simulations.
    I went through various comments stressing on the point that ABOVE STATED SIMULATIONS ARE ASKED OFTEN.

  44. 9tut
    August 9th, 2011

    @Josephjoshi: You will get same sims for the second attempt but the drag drop & multiple choice questions will be changed.

    Best wishes for your next exam!

  45. Josephjoshi
    August 9th, 2011

    Hi 9tut,
    Thanx a lot for ur prompt reply. Wen i was goin thro’ comments, someone had commented “God will give you (meaning 9tut) lot of blessings”. Really 9tut, u r really helping us put. Thanx a lot..

  46. priya
    August 9th, 2011

    whenever i enter the end command t ends up showing

    %SYS-5-CONFIG_I: Configured from console by console

    so am confused as to how will i save the config if i get such command?????/

  47. priya
    August 9th, 2011

    hi could someone pls help me out….in 9tut sims whenever i click on the router and type show run i get the following output…y s t so…..R3#show run
    Building configuration…
    Current configuration : 635 bytes
    version 12.2
    no service timestamps log datetime msec
    no service timestamps debug datetime msec
    no service password-encryption
    hostname R3
    enable password cisco

  48. Hab
    August 10th, 2011

    Can someone explain this?

    You are working in a data center environment and are assigned the address range are
    asked to develop an IP addressing plan to allow the maximum number of subnets with as many as 30
    hosts each.Which IP address range meets these requirements?
    Answer: C

  49. Anonymous
    August 10th, 2011


    Just a pointer on a second attemp you get the 3 same sims. However they may be a small changes for make sure ro read and understand the requirement.

    9tut has all the different posibilities at least for the ACL and the VTP and remember that the sims have the most points 80 to 100 each.

  50. anonym
    August 10th, 2011


    The 3 sim are the same however they may have some small changes check the 9tut lab and make sure to read the questions carefully.

    Also the sim worth between 80 and 100 each.

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