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March 15th, 2020 Go to comments

CCNA is a long topic to talk about and there are many tips that can help you save much time when sitting in the exam hall. From the comments here and information from other places, this article tries to summarize all the CCNA frequently asked questions to save you some time. Please feel free to ask anything that you are unclear about CCNA so that all of us can help you. I will update this article frequently to bring you newest information about this exam.

1. Please tell me how many questions in the real CCNA 200-301 exam, and how much time to answer them?

Until now, you have 120 minutes to answer 104 questions in the real CCNA exam. Currently there are no lab sims in this exam. If your native language is not English, Cisco allows you a 30-minute exam time extension. But there are a few requirements to get this extension, so the best way is asking your teacher or mentor before taking the exam. We are still not sure about the 30-minute exam time extension for non-native English countries so you should check with the exam center before taking the exam.

2. How much does the CCNA Exam 200-301 cost? And how many points I need to pass the exam?

It now costs $300 (big money, right?) :)

The passing score is 825/1000.

3. How many ways can I get the CCNA certification?

Currently there is only one way to get the CCNA certification via taking the CCNA 200-301 exam. The ICND1 & 2 exams were removed and no longer valid so we cannot take them now.

4. I got the CCNA certification, will this certification expire?

CCNA certification is valid for three years. To recertify, pass the current CCNA exam again, or pass any one professional concentration exam (wireless, security, voice), or pass one technology core exam, or pass one CCIE lab exam (note: currently there are no CCIE Written Exams) before your certification expiration date.

5. If I failed the exam, how long must I wait before retaking it?

Cisco requires five waiting days before retaking a failed exam.

6. If students fulfill the exam requirements for the CCNA certification, will they also receive CCENT certification?

No, students who certify at the CCNA level will not earn CCENT certification. The purpose of the CCENT certification is to provide an option for those who aren’t ready for CCNA.

(Information from http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/le0/le9/learning_certification_type_home.html)

7. Which sims will I see in the CCNA exam?

Currently there are no lab sims for the exam, only multiple choice and drag drop questions.

8. In the real exam, I clicked “Next” after choosing the answer, can I go back for reviewing?

No, this is a very important thing about CCNA exam. You can just go forward! You can visit http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/wwtraining/certprog/training/cert_exam_tutorial.html to be familiar with the exam interface.

9. What is the key to pass CCNA?

The CCNA exam covers many aspects of networking and most of the topics will be asked. But the most important topic is subnetting so make sure you understand how to subnet. Of course other topics are important too so you shouldn’t bypass them.

10. I need to know if the exam questions are the same in all the geographical locations?

Yes, the exam questions are the same in all geographical locations. But notice that Cisco has a pool of questions and each time you take the exam, a number of random questions will show up so you will not see all the same questions as the previous exam.

11. I am going to take the exam in a few days and I wonder can we have a pen and paper for IP calculations or calculator itself?

You are not allowed to bring a calculator or anything else to the exam room. You can’t use the virtual calculator in Windows, too. You will receive a rough paper or a small board to write everything you need during the exam. However, you should bring a pen or a pencil because sometimes the exam hall doesn’t have one (yes, some exam centers are not good)  and maybe it will make you more comfortable.

12. I failed the exam. Will I see the same questions and sims in my next try?

Cisco has a pool of questions and sims so you will see some same (but surely not all) questions in your next exam. Luckily, the sims are the same (read question 7 for popular sims in the exam).

13. What are your recommended materials for CCNA?

Currently the below materials are old so we will update them later.

There are many options you can choose, but below are materials used and recommended by many candidates:


The difference between CCNA Discovery and CCNA Exploration is “CCNA Discovery is designed for students with basic PC skills and can be delivered as an independent curriculum or integrated into broader courses of study at secondary schools, technical schools, colleges, and universities. CCNA Exploration is designed for students with advanced problem solving and analytical skills, such as those who are pursuing degrees in engineering, math, or science”. (Reference from “new CCNA faq”).

Video Training:

  • CBT Nuggets
  • Train Signal
  • Testout

From my point of view, these video are just optional materials and they cost much, you can definitely pass the CCNA exam without buying them. If you have strong budget and want to learn in a more comfortable way then buy them! (but it is difficult to pass if just listening to them without reading books, believe me!)

Simulators (luckily, they’re the best and free):

  • Packet Tracer (and you can get real exam labs on my site here)
  • GNS 3

GNS 3 is really good and it uses real IOS so all the commands are available but these IOS are copyrighted so it is hard to get. Besides, GNS 3 needs much RAM to run so from my experience you should use the Router c2600 with 64MB RAM to run if your labs are simple (like assign IP addresses, hostname, RIP…). If you need to configure OSPF or EIGRP, use higher router. These two simulators are enough to practice labs for CCNA but if you want to learn about other simulators, check out my Free Router Simulators article. Packet Tracer is light, quick and convenient for common tasks but sometimes it doesn’t act like real devices. A good point of Packet Tracer is that Cisco has many good labs (.pkt files) to practice with.

Websites & Forums:

About Dumps…

If you use dumps like pass4sure, Testking or ActualTest… make sure you understand the concept behind each question. It’s a very big mistake if you just learn which answer is correct without understanding the concept. Notice that in the real CCNA exam, you will be given different IP addresses, subnets and more options to choose; so it is easier to understand them than to learn them by heart. Finally, my advice is you just should use dumps as a final review after finishing the CCNA course.

14. I am going to take the exam in a couple of days. Where can I get newest information from candidates who have just passed the exam?

You can visit the Share your CCNA Experience section in this site, scroll down to the bottom of that page to read newest information about CCNA exam.I really want to say thanks to all candidates who are willing to share experience after taking the exam. It is an invaluable gift for CCNA candidates.

15. I passed CCNA. Do you have any site similar to 9tut.com for CCNP?

We have digitaltut.com for ENCORE (the Core exam of CCNP Enterprise certification), certprepare.com for CCNP Enterprise ENSDWI (a concentration exam of CCNP Enterprise certification) and networktut.com for ENARSI (another concentration exam of CCNP Enterprise certification).

We also have other sites (but only for sharing experience) like voicetut.com for Voice/Collaboration track, securitytut.com for Security track, dctut.com for Data Center track, sptut.com for Service Provider track, wirelesstut.com for Wireless track, opstut.com for DevNet track. Hope you enjoy these sites and find useful information too!

16. I am going to get my CCNA exam and I have a question: in the drag and drop questions are the answers must be arranged?

It depends on the questions. If the question clearly states that you have to arrange the answers in a given order (for example, from smallest to greatest; from lowest to highest; step 1,2,3…) then you have to arrange them correctly. In most cases, you don’t need to arrange them so don’t worry and don’t try to learn the order shown in the materials you use before taking the exam.

17. Why don’t I see any questions and answers on 9tut.com? I only see the explanation…

Because of copyrighted issues, we had to remove all the questions and answers. You can download a PDF file to see the questions at this link: https://www.9tut.com/ccna-questions-and-answers

18. How can I join the Premium Membership on 9tut.com?

You can join the Premium Membership on 9tut.com at this link. After the registration you can login via this link.

Is there anything you want to ask, just ask! All of us will help you.

(Please don’t ask for copyright materials here)


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  1. Kqarni
    January 22nd, 2021

    Hi everyone

    I need last dump?

  2. Evaost
    January 24th, 2021


  3. Wooz92
    January 26th, 2021

    @Arun share also the other website.

  4. matteo
    January 27th, 2021

    Hi, Does anyone have the dumps for the ccna 200-301 exam?
    In a week i have the exam.

    Thank you!

  5. Ana
    February 4th, 2021

    To recertify CCNA , can I pass any one professional concentration exam (ENARSI) ?

  6. @Ana
    February 18th, 2021

    I just passed the DevNet Associate, and it renewed my CCNA

  7. fateisco
    February 19th, 2021

    iscofate at gmail com

    please share dump or anything that will help in the preparation

  8. Ricardo A.
    February 28th, 2021

    Tienen simuladores para el examen de CyberOps, o donde puedo conseguir material para presentar este examen

  9. bek
    March 20th, 2021

    Will there be a question from python in the CCNA exam?


  10. Me
    March 25th, 2021

    Can someone confirm are there lab sims in new 200-301 exam?

  11. Me
    March 26th, 2021

    Hi, can anyone share the dumps for the ccna 200-301 exam?
    ikanko1989 @ net (dot) hr

  12. m
    March 26th, 2021

    where is the questions headers?

  13. Nobie
    April 1st, 2021

    How many questions in CCNA exam ?

  14. oldman
    April 9th, 2021

    Thanks 9tut. Passed today with score of 959/1000. Total 104 questions. All questions are available here except maybe one questioning what protocol used by AP to draw power from switch.

  15. maria
    April 27th, 2021

    all fine guys

  16. I passed my CCNA. How to approach a potential employer?
    May 28th, 2021

    I have some years of experience as a help desk support, no Cisco job experience.
    How should I approach a potential employer?
    And what is next? Which track should I choose? Datacenter, Encor, Security? Any tips on that?
    I very much appreciate.

  17. 9tut
    May 29th, 2021

    @I passed my CCNA: If you passed CCNA, we recommend you to read https://www.digitaltut.com/encor-faqs-tips as it has detail explanation about tracks you should choose.

  18. em
    June 5th, 2021

    Is there any lap or simulator question in CCNA 200.301 ?

  19. 777
    June 14th, 2021


    congratulations to you

    I need a CCNA DUMP and I want to take the exam
    Thank you in advance

    my mail: ({email not allowed})

  20. 777
    June 14th, 2021


  21. Akg
    June 15th, 2021

    Hello , Can someone please send the latest ccna dumps to akshaya2611(@)gmail(.)com?

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