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Cisco CCNA in 60 Days Paperback – 14 Mar 2014
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Completely revised and updated for the new Cisco exams:
This book has been used by thousands of Cisco students to study for their CCNA exams. Written by a CCNP and three CCIEs it's all you need to pass the new style exams.
The book is supported for free at www.in60days.com so just come over and register your copy to get free access to over $400 worth of videos, exams, cram guides and a friendly forum.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Do any of the following problems sound familiar to you?
“I just don’t know where to start studying. I feel overwhelmed by the information.”
“I’ve bought all the CBT-style videos and books, and have even been on a course, but I don’t feel ready to take the exam and I don’t know if I ever will.”
“I’ve been studying for a long time now, but I haven’t booked the exam yet because I just don’t feel ready.”
For every ten students who start out towards the CCNA qualification, nine quit. They don't quit because of laziness but because they became overwhelmed with information and didn't even know where to start. They sat down to study from one of the 'big name' manuals and half an hour later found themselves staring blankly at the same page. Can you imagine how frustrating that feels?
You see, most authors throw you in at the deep end and expect you to get on with it. They forget that you have a full time job, a long journey back home, family commitments and any number of challenges going on in your life. The last thing you have time for is to write out a detailed study plan with plenty of review sessions.
If only somebody could tell you what to study each day, every day. If only you could open your study guide and see which bit of theory to read, which lab to do and which exam to take. You could then get on with the task of studying and getting that exam nailed.
This is where Cisco CCNA in 60 Days comes in. Written in response to feedback from thousands of students using my online CCNA in 60 days program, my classroom courses and my other online Cisco training websites this book is the final piece in the studying puzzle.
HOW IT WORKS
Every day you read your theory module, you review yesterdays lesson, do a lab and then answer some review questions.
The next day you do the same until you reach the review sessions where you cement all your knowledge with more labs and review as well as some practise exams. If that wasn't enough, you have a cram guide to read daily and an online Subnetting review site to really hone your subnetting skills.
At the 30 day mark you can take your CCENT exam and move into your ICND2 study sessions or just take your CCNA exam at the end of 60 days. If you fall behind no problem, just pick up where you left off.
Having a problem with motivation and distractions? No problem, just read the detailed goal setting guide to turbo boost your productivity and motivation.
Every subject Cisco want you to know for your exams is covered with labs, theory, exams, reviews and crams. From RIP to OSPF, from VLSM to CIDR, IPv4 to IPv6, STP to CDP. Every exam topic is covered in detail many times over.
Just when you think you are ready you are hit with challenge labs and more exams to ensure you are more than ready for the tricky Cisco exams. There are over 60 labs in total. Some with careful explanations and some you have to work out for yourself.
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However, this book is no longer good enough to pass the CCENT exam in the first 30 days as it advises, as the exam specification has changed.
In order for this book to be relevant, it would need to be updated for the new specification.
As a University student, I had attended the lectures on CCNA 1,2,3,4, but at that time didn't feel confident enough to take the test (needless to say I was a student and did not have the money). I bought this book with the intention of using it to refresh my memory and provide a good structure for me to follow.
Firstly, the structure set out by Paul is to a very high standard and for that I must give him credit!
However, and I must say it is a big however. Whilst reading the book, I kept thinking to myself "I'm sure there is some detail missing on this part..." "From Uni I remember this too...". I dug up my Uni notes and lectures and I found that chunks of information had been cut from the book which were still relevant and still included in the CCNA syllabus. Quite simply, there is not enough detail in parts of this book to pass. I'm so glad I went back to my lecture slides to revise from, in addition to the book, otherwise there may have been a different ending to my exam today. As an example off the top of my head, I was asked a question regarding VTP and configuration revision numbers, (I won't go into any more detail because I do not want to get into trouble with Cisco), but Configuration revision in VTP is not even covered in the book.
Another negative about the author and of the book is found in the introduction, it asks to give the book a review and you'll be sent a free CCNA exam worth $67. This is why there are so many high reviews, people are not reading the book entirely and writing anything just so they get free stuff - I admit, I am guilty of this, but I making amends now. This prize of a free practice test was short lived when I received an email containing a link to an interactive quiz containing 10 of the easiest questions ever! When I emailed Paul questioning this, I received the comment "It's about quality, not quantity." - This, like the book, contains neither. No doubt, I will get another sarcastic response to this review.
I've noticed a few more reviews regarding the lack of detail, so I'm not the only one. If you are thinking of taking the CCNA exam, I would advise you that you may just be better spending the money on the official Cisco Material. Also, note that this book will soon be out of date with the new release of the CCNA exam coming out in September. Paul, if you are planning to update the book, put in more detail and don't put your false promises and sarcasm in there too!
I bought the kindle version of this book in the hope that I would improve my networking knowledge further still, and I'm extremely pleased with the book, it is perfectly written for someone like me, Paul has structured the requirements of the exams into individual daily content, he explains concepts in layman's terms as much as he can, and I must say it does help, the fact that the book is called "CCNA in 60 Days" motivates you, each day he outlines the goal of that particular day, and each day ends with mini exam questions and labs for you to go through to gain experience, for the labs, use either a physical lab or Packet Tracer/GNS3 simulation software. I found the "personal trainer" approach keeps you motivated and on track.
It's a great book, that with your effort could result in you gaining a Cisco certification.
The book is very easy to read and well structured. There are a few mistakes in the book, but they are quite obvious and do not detract from the learning. The book seems more direct and contain less fluff than a lot of the Cisco books I have read.
Overall, I would definately recommend as a great way to study (and pass!) the CCNA. I have my ICND1 exam booked soon and feel confident that I will pass.
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Indeed is well organised and it took me from zero to where I am now.
I have less than a week till my ICND1 exam.Read more
Also a great website with extra content.
Used with CBT Nuggets as well.Read more
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