Cisco recently announced new CCNA track of exams. According to
the new track, one can achieve CCNA in either of two ways:
Pass the CCNA exam (exam code:640-802) directly, or
Pass two exams, namely ICND1 (exam code: 640-822 ) and
ICND2 (exam code: 640-816)
After passing ICND1, you will be awarded CCNT certification. If
you are experienced, you can always take single exam (640-802) track.
1. What is CCENT™ (Cisco
Certified Entry Networking Technician) Certification?
CCENT Certification is awarded by
Cisco Systems® and signifies the competency
achieved in installing, configuring, and operating LAN, and simple WAN networks (100 nodes or fewer), including use of these
protocols: RIP v1, and RIP v2. The certification exams are computer based, and conducted by
VUE testing centers. The certification, being widely recognized, offers improved job
prospects in the field of LAN, and WAN infrastructure installation and
maintenance using Cisco, and compatible equipment. There are no
pre-requisites for taking this exam. The only requirement being payment of exam fee,
which is about US$ 125. The CCENT certification is composed of 1 (ONE) individual
exam, i.e. ICND1 (short form for Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices). The exam code for the
CCENT exam is 640-822. The test
contains identification and situational questions, in addition to Flash based
simulation questions. We have provided several of these questions at appropriate
ccna certification pages on this website.
The exam tests a candidate's
knowledge and skills required to successfully install, operate, and troubleshoot
a small branch office network. The exam includes topics on networking
fundamentals; connecting to a WAN; basic security and wireless concepts; routing
and switching fundamentals; the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP addressing; WAN
technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; configuring RIPv2, static
and default routing; implementing NAT and DHCP; and configuring simple networks.
2. What are the test
As mentioned previously, to attain
CCENT certification, you must pass only one exam, i.e ICND1, exam code: 640-822. Broadly, the exam objectives
CCENT exam objectives:
- Describe the operation of data networks.
- Implement a small switched network
- Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP
services to meet network requirements for a small branch office
- Implement a small routed network
- Explain and select the appropriate
administrative tasks required for a WLAN
- Identify security threats to a network and
describe general methods to mitigate those threats
- Implement and verify WAN links
Note that access
lists, OSPF, BGP, and Frame-relay are not covered in the exam (ICND1).
The practice tests provided by
SimulationExams.com covers the exam objectives thoroughly, and help in passing
the exams first time. You can down load the CCENT
practice test here.
3. How do I prepare for CCNA™
Please visit the page CCNA
preparation written by our Cisco section guide.
4. Other CCENT™ Certification FAQ:
How long will
it take to prepare for CCENT certification exam?
are preparing for CCENT exams yourself (self learning), it is likely to take about
2-3 months of preparation (Assuming 3-4 hours of study per day). However, please
note that the preparation time greatly depends on your background. If you are
already involved in the networking technologies such as LANs, WANs, you may find it
easy, and may require only a few weeks of preparation. On the other hand, if you are new
to networking technologies, it may take about 3 months (assuming you
don't take any formal classroom coaching).
What is the format in which the
exams are delivered?
The exams are computer based, and
include the following question types:
Multiple choice single answer
Multiple choice multiple answer questions
Exhibit based questions
How long the certification is
The certifications offered by
Cisco Systems have limited validity (unlike Comptia exams, which have lifetime
validity). The validity of Cisco certifications is usually of 3 years. You need
to re-certify or achieve next level of certification to retain validity after 3
What other certifications are
available from Cisco Systems?
The other certification available
are CCDA, CCNP,
CCDP, CCIE, and others.
Note: It is recommended to
check with the official website for accurate and up-to-date information.