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Tricks & Tips Before You Sit Cisco CCNA Exam from Home

Cisco CCNA Exam from Home

The Cisco CCNA continues to be one of the most popular entry-level certifications for jobs in information technology and networking.

The CCNA testing environment has changed considerably as a result of Covid-19, and it is now easier than ever to sit for your CCNA Exam.

What am I referring to precisely? That is, we may now take the CCNA 200-301 exam from the convenience of our own homes.

Previously, we had to schedule our exam at a physical testing facility; however, this is now much more convenient, as the proctoring service only requires an internet connection and a camera. It is possible that some type of online examination will continue after the Covid-19 restrictions are repealed — that would be fantastic!

There has never been a good opportunity to earn your CCNA certification than now, and it also happens to be the simplest due to the convenience. To arrange your exam, simply visit

Now that I’ve established that you’re going to work on your CCNA, I’d want to share some advice with you that I wish I’d known prior to taking the test remotely.

Cisco CCNA Exam from Home

What to do the day before

1. A day before the exam, you’ll want to verify the link supplied in the email confirmation following the exam’s scheduling.

2. If feasible, check to see if any applications are running in the background on your computer/laptop. On the morning of the exam, the first step is to ensure that all applications have been submitted.

3. Finally, ensure that you have a clean, uncluttered workplace in a room with a door that you can lock. Anyone who enters the room during the test will be disqualified. If you have a secondary monitor, you must turn it off (I just unplugged it and hung the power cord over the front of the screen).

The Exam Morning

Cisco suggests that you log in 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time to begin the evaluation process of your workstation and workspace.

It is strongly suggested that you sign in precisely 30 minutes before the start of the test to ensure that you complete the pre-test checks on time.

It is specified that if you do not begin the exam within 15 minutes of the designated start time, it will be rescheduled.

The general procedure is as follows:

1. Log in to Pearson Vue using the URL provided in the email confirmation issued after scheduling the exam.

2. You will need to perform a pre-system check — this is distinct from the one you performed during the exam scheduling process. The initial check verifies that you have the necessary physical resources to run the testing program, as well as a working webcam and microphone.


3. The check performed on the morning of the exam will also look for background applications and will prompt you to close them. I was running a “Snag-It” application in the background and couldn’t locate it. It was not listed in the task manager. Due to a lack of time, I went into the application and removed it in order to pass the inspection.

4. You must provide a mobile phone number throughout the sign-in procedure.

5. Once the proctor determines that your system is ready, he or she will contact you via the Pearson application’s chat feature.

6. You will receive a text message on your phone with a link to submit images.

7. At least six photographs will be required: your face, a close-up of your photo identification, and four of your work areas – from the front, back, left, and right. If any of the photographs are unclear, you will be prompted to retake and re-upload them.

8. Once your images have been deleted, you will be required to physically remove your phone from your reach.

9. The final request will be for you to raise your laptop or camera and shoot a slow 360-degree pan of the room – including the location of your phone.

10. You will then be permitted to sit for the exam.

Taking Exam

You have the option of viewing a tutorial when you begin the examination. This is suggested — the exam clock does not start until you select “Start Exam.”

There are 102 questions, the bulk of which are multiple-choice, while the remainder is drag and drop. The question topics are reasonably evenly distributed across the ones indicated in Cisco’s design.

The exam’s questions are worded in such a way that they are more difficult to answer.

Examine the question for keywords that clearly identify the correct answer.

Occasionally, you may need to consult the answers to determine the nature of the question! When in doubt, use the elimination process to eliminate erroneous responses.

Additionally, while reviewing the responses, keep an eye out for “the odd man out.”

Frequently, one response does not fit the others. (For instance, three responses that include IP addresses and a fourth that has passwords.)

Significant Attention Required

There are a few subjects that appear to be the most frequently asked.

They are concerned with choosing the best route to a target address from a list of available routes – and with static routing (both IPV4 and IPV6).

Both of these categories require familiarity with Administrative Distances and floating static route syntax.

A frequent cause is three routers connected in a line, and you are tasked with selecting the optimal static route between two networks.

You must be able to correctly identify the destination network and the subsequent hop or exit interface that was used to reach it.

A default static route may be the best solution in some remotely.

Additional Review Topics

1. Become familiar with the following items that are not mentioned in the Cisco Blueprint:


2. Understand CDP and LLDP

• Default Timers • Configuration syntax for global and per-interface enable/disable

3. Understand Wireless

• AP Types • LAP Modes • Wireless Security • Wireless LAN Controllers • 2.4GHz range – channels that do not overlap

4. Understand the fundamentals of security:

• Port Security • Dynamic ARP Inspection • DHCP Snooping • SSH Configuration Requirements

• Understand the difference between configuring an enable secret and putting an encrypted password into a configuration.


5. Understand Network Automation

• Traditional vs. Controller-Based Networking (distributed vs. centralized control plane)

• Intent-Based Networking (Overlay, Underlay, VXLANs)

• Spine-Leaf Architecture • SDA, SDN, and SD-WAN • DNA Centre, APIC-EM, and ACI • REST APIs

• Interpreting JSON Output (proper syntax format)

6. IPV4 Subnetting

• Calculations for subnetting will creep into a variety of various types of problems.

• Ensure that you are familiar with the command line syntax for basic configuration tasks such as access and trunk port configuration, ACL and static route terminology, and so on.

• Cisco enjoys providing you with the output of various display commands and inquiring “why?”

• Ensure that you can quickly scan the “display IPOSPF interface” for items blocking two routers from becoming OSPF neighbors.

Although the exam does not involve command line settings, there are numerous questions that may be easily answered based on lab experience.

Additionally, there are some queries about Wireless LAN Controllers that can be answered only after logging into the WLC’s graphical user interface.

Remember to incorporate Packet Tracer laboratory simulations into your studies.

You will encounter some deceptive questions so be ready !!

Finally, I believe that nobody is entitled to 100%.

As a result, there may/will be a few questions on topics you have never heard of, or on topics so precise that only someone who has worked on a certain model of a device with a specific module installed and has completed the specific task referenced in the question can potentially answer it.

This should make you chuckle rather than fearful….

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