Feels like CCNA all over again….

Four days after passing my CCNA I feel like not wasting time and start studying for CCNP. Unlike CCNA, before getting CCNP you have to pass three exams namely routing, switching and tshoot. I have secured a copy of CCNP Routing from cisco press, I have GNS3 installed on my laptop and live gear that I rarely turn on because I can’t be bothered with cabling. 

While I was backing up my CCNA stuff I accidentally came upon this folder that contained CBT Nuggets videos on routing, God is truly amazing. So far I think I’ve got everything I need. I will apply the same strategy I did with CCNA: jump start myself with CBT Nuggets and just go deeper with the book and go through labs and practice questions on digitaltut.com which is the ccnp routing website of 9tut.com.

How I look at it, I can summarize CCNP route into a couple of topics: EIGRP, OSPF, BGP, redistribution and IPv6. It is not like CCNA where you have a myriad of topics, but routing is more focused but advanced topics that’s really going to test your skills. I have gone through the EIGRP videos, and so far I think I’m catching on. Probably because CCNA is still fresh and topics just added a couple of stuff like authentication, passive-interface and more goal oriented labs.

The plan is to get CCNP Routing between Dec and January…so here we go…again… 

CCNA…

It has been a month and a few days since my last blog. I was so busy and stressed out with all the preparation for CCNA that to be honest, I have forgotten about this site. Yesterday I went for it. Went to my classmate’s house, there were three of us taking the exam. I gave myself more than 24 hours not to have anything to do with CISCO thinking it would relax me a bit. It came to a point that just looking at the book just bores me. Every time I try a practice exam the mere image that would come up I already know the answer. I got worried of memorizing the answers rather than trying to understand how it works. 

I just said to myself, I guess that’s enough. Its time to be in prayer mode because I’ve just done everything I believe that’s needed to be done to prepare for the exam. Read all advised books, videos and practice exams. Well I did pass and with a very pleasing score as well. I got 960/1000. 

It was a good mix of everything though I was expecting a lot of subnetting. I don’t remember using my subnet table that much. Of all the questions, I think there was only one question there that i’ve only encountered for the first time. The rest, well unbelievably I have seen in practice exams or books. 

Unbelievably I was done in less than an hour and some how I felt bad because I think my classmates panicked when they saw me raising my hand and left the testing room. I guess all that long hours of study really paid off because for me i found the exam easy. My daughter was probably right, she saw me always infront of a book or computer and she said “I bet you’ll get a high score on that test since you’re always studying”. It was prophetic:) 

What is next? I feel good about the exam, I feel like going straight to CCNP routing as soon as possible. I should start changing the name of blog then….