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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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    October 10th, 2017

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  3. anonymous
    October 10th, 2017

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  4. I want to know which version is currently used now for ccna exams….am confused
    October 11th, 2017

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    October 11th, 2017

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    October 12th, 2017

    @moatasem on the IT-Libraries site there is a different number of questions. I think the one you shared is outdated.

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    October 12th, 2017

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    October 12th, 2017

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  13. Mansi
    October 12th, 2017

    I took my CCNA recently and didn’t pass. I faced an issue with the simulation questions- To configure at every terminal, I was instructed to use a password (given in the question itself). But, when I opened a terminal, I was not able to type in the password. I could see the cursor blinking beside “Password: “. When I tried to type, nothing was getting populated in the field. The same happened with every terminal of every sim question. So, i actually couldn’t attempt any of the simulation questions. Can you please help me understand what went wrong? I’m taking the exam again in a week. Please help- my emailID: {email not allowed}

  14. skyhigh
    October 12th, 2017

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  18. Anony
    October 12th, 2017

    The password field gets populated at the bank end and at the front end you won’t see anything. Its the same on real router too. So you had to just type in the right password and then press enter and you would have navigated to the configuration terminal.

  19. Anony
    October 12th, 2017


    Ans is D
    when an interface is disabled by port security configured on an interface it goes into error disabled state.
    So to clear that you can either do a shutdown followed by a noshut on interface or you can configure the interface to automatically recover from this state after a timeout period which you can set usign#error-recovery feature the configuration mode.

  20. Anonymous
    October 13th, 2017


  21. June
    October 13th, 2017

    Hi Guys
    schedule my exam on October 20
    any updates regarding the exam?
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    October 13th, 2017

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    October 16th, 2017

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  29. jason
    October 16th, 2017

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  30. Samer
    October 16th, 2017

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  31. June
    October 17th, 2017

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  32. Tyler
    October 17th, 2017

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  34. Deicide
    October 17th, 2017


    what labs that comes out in your exam?

    thanks for the info

  35. Herve
    October 17th, 2017

    Please, in the real exam can i use the “write memory” command to save my configuration?

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    October 17th, 2017

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  38. Ms
    October 18th, 2017

    QUESTION 173
    Which two features can dynamically assign IPv6 addresses? (Choose two.)
    A. IPv6 stateless autoconfiguration
    B. DHCP
    C. NHRP
    D. IPv6 stateful autoconfiguration
    E. ISATAP tunneling

    Correct Answer: AD ?

  39. Sccool
    October 18th, 2017


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    October 18th, 2017

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    October 18th, 2017

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  42. guest
    October 18th, 2017

    Hi there,

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  43. Ali
    October 18th, 2017

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  44. Richard
    October 19th, 2017

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  45. Richard
    October 19th, 2017

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  46. ThioSan
    October 19th, 2017

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  47. Sida
    October 19th, 2017

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  48. Sida
    October 19th, 2017

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  49. Vesp
    October 19th, 2017

    Router R1 has a static router that is configured to a destination network. A directly connected inference is configured with an ip address in the same destination network.
    Which statement about R1 is true ?

    A. It refuses to advertise the dynamic route to other neighbors
    B. It sends a withdrawal signal to the neighboring router
    C. It disables the routing protocol
    D. It prefers the static route

    For which two reasons might you choose chassis aggregation instead of stacking switches? (Choose two.)

    A. to avoid the use of a centralized configuration manager
    B. to avoid relying solely on Ethernet interfaces
    C. to allow hot-swapping modules
    D. to increase the number of devices in use
    E. to increase the maximum port count

    Which two values are needed to run the APIC-EM ACL Analysis tool? (Choose two.)

    A. destination port
    B. source address
    C. protocol
    D. source port
    E. periodic refresh interval
    F. destination address

    On which layer tcp/ip is ACL Apic-EM path

    A. Layer 1
    B. Layer 2
    C. Layer 3
    D. Layer 4

    Which cloud service is typically used to provide DNS and DHCP services to an enterprise?

    A. IaaS
    B. DaaS
    C. SaaS
    D. PaaS

    Anybody knows the correct answers???

  50. ThioSan
    October 19th, 2017

    Vesp are you sure you want to ask questions ?

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