Lynn Maynes and Gary Heap
Co-Authors of CCNA Practical Studies
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GoCertify: There are some web sites that have routers set up for people to use remotely. Is that a good way to study?
Maynes/Heap: Definitely, especially if you do not have resources to get your own equipment. Having direct access to the equipment is best, but if that is not an option, I would find a remote resource and use it extensively.
GoCertify: In your opinion, what is the most difficult topic or subject that is covered?
Maynes/Heap: Access-lists. It is the syntax that seems to intimidate most candidates. Although with some consistent study and some hands on practice, you'll see that they aren't as bad as they seem at first.
GoCertify: What exam day tips do you have for CCNA exam takers?
Maynes/Heap: Relax. Don't try to cram on the day of the test. Review a little, but then let yourself relax a little before going into the test environment. From personal experience we have found that we take test much better having relaxed before the test instead of trying to cram up at the last moment.
GoCertify: During the exam, if a candidate is not sure of the right way to complete a simulation, is there any strategy they can follow to increase the likelihood of getting the item correct?
Maynes/Heap: That's a tough one. The simulations are quite specific; you either
know the material and what is required to complete it or you do not. I
can only suggest a lot of practice beforehand. The scenarios in our
book should help you in this regard.
GoCertify: What other advice do you have for individuals considering this certification?
Maynes/Heap: Our best advice would be to get any hands-on experience possible. After having taken the tests first, then getting the experience second, we realized that experience is the mechanism that helps you retain all of your book study and knowledge.
GoCertify: How big of a leap is it to go from CCNA to CCNP?
Maynes/Heap: The leap is quite substantial in that various topics such routing
protocols, ISDN, route redistribution are covered in more depth.
GoCertify: How about from CCNP to CCIE?
Maynes/Heap: The leap here is also quite substantial. The knowledge required fore
each certification increases not only in depth but in the number of
topics covered as well.