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Study Tips for the Cisco CCNA 200-125 Certification

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By: R Marthon

August 7, 2019

If you are an IT specialist and looking to boost your career, then you should consider the certification of one of the most famous providers: the Cisco company. CCNA 200-125 Routing and Switching (R&S) is one of the most notable IT security certifications worldwide. This cert is an associate-level certification; therefore, the candidate who passes the tests will also be able to obtain better job opportunities along with a pay increase. Once you have the 200-125 CCNA routing and switching certificates, you can configure routed and switched networks, as well as operate and troubleshoot them.Enroll in FREE Intro to Splunk course >> When preparing for the CCNA 200-125 routing and switching certification, you must ensure that you are training properly. To start, there are two ways to obtain this certification:1. Pass two exams: 100-105 ICND1 (Cisco Network Interconnect Devices, Part 1) and 200-105 ICND2 (Cisco Network Interconnect Devices, Part 2). The exams contain 45-55 and 55-65 questions, correspondingly. This selection is intended for those who wish to pass the material sequentially and is suggested for beginners.

2. Pass a single CCNA 200-125 (Cisco Certified Network Associate exam). This test contains 60-70 questions and is recommended for those who trust their skills. The three exams mentioned above have a duration of 90 minutes. Despite whether you prefer option 1 or option 2, the exams will cover the following topics:
  • Fundamentals of the network
  • Infrastructure management
  • Infrastructure security
  • Infrastructure and related services
  • WAN and associated technologies
  • LAN switching technologies
  • IPv4 / IPv6 routing
Cisco exams are not easy to pass without the right curriculum. Most of the questions on these tests are based on real-world problems and, therefore, you must ensure that your training is suitable for the test. Even if you are very well prepared, it tends to be difficult to answer so many questions in such a short time.For those who are concerned about taking/studying for the CCNA 200-125 routing and change exams, we have prepared effective study tips to pass with ease.Before entering the tips for the CCNA 200-125 Routing and Switching certification, it is always good to understand why you want to obtain this certification and how it will help your career. This way, you can create a plan for your exam preparation and follow it. You should devote at least six months for your training to manage your preparation while maintaining other daily things like a job or personal life.Now, let's start with the tips: 

Practical experience

Theoretical knowledge is not challenging to achieve since there are so many resources available to you. But to pass the CCNA 200-125 routing and switching certification exams, you will need theoretical AND practical knowledge. When you start your preparation, make sure you are using virtual labs, assessments, and practice tests. Cybrary has lots of hands-on cert prep to help you study that's included their Insider Pro or Cybrary for Business memberships. Using your theoretical knowledge in real scenarios, such as finding some alternative ways to solve a single problem, can be useful for your test.  

Study material

All certifications require the appropriate study material. One of the best ways to prepare for CCNA 200-125 tests is to study from Cisco books such as CCENT / CCNA 200-125 ICND1 100-105 Official certification guide written by Wendell Odom and CCNA 200-125 Routing and Switching ICND2 200-105 Official Cert Guide of the same author. There is also another book available. It is called 31 days before the CCNA 200-125 routing and switching test: a daily review guide for the ICND1 / CCENT (100-105), ICND2 (200-105) and CCNA (200-125) certification exams (written by Allan Johnson). The book is available through Cisco Press.Before beginning your preparation, having a good knowledge of binary mathematics can be useful. Besides, you should make sure you are covering the laboratory exercises and practice questions that you can find in the books. 

Practice tests

You can schedule your practice exam before your CCNA 200-125 certification exam (s). Make sure you have a crack of at least one or two months between the actual exam and the practice exam. The practice test will help you access the areas where it is good and the areas you still need to improve. 

Review the material before the exam

It is essential to update your knowledge just a few days before your exam. You can make use of the books we have discussed above and rewatch modules of Cybrary's CCNA courses. This can help you remember all the knowledge you have acquired and maybe even find the concepts you have omitted during the initial preparation. The last weeks before your exam should be used for practice tests. Try to find as many practice questions as possible and that will help you update your knowledge in one way. 

Get some rest

Just before the exam, it is imperative that you relax, both physically and mentally. You should take some time off from your preparation and also make sure you sleep well, especially the night before your exam. Too much pressure on your mind can be hazardous since you may not be able to concentrate on your questions. 

Be fast

When you start your exam, you should make sure you answer the questions quickly. But, again, read the questions accurately before trying to answer them. You cannot meet the expense of spending too much time thinking of a single answer. If you don't know the right answer, it is always good to skip the question and move on to the next one. You can return if you still have time at the end of the exam. This way, you will not miss easy to answer questions. Therefore, always be sure to answer all questions at least once during the 90 minutes of the test. 

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These simple tips may not be magic, but if you follow them, you can definitely plan your preparation and make the best of yourself. So be sure to plan your training in the exact order described above. Good luck!
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