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February 6th, 2017 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 exam, and how much time to answer them?

Until now, you have 90 minutes to answer 50 questions in the real CCNA exam but 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.

2. How much does the CCNA Exam 200-125 cost? And how many points I need to pass the exam?

It now costs $325 (big money, right?) :)

The passing score is 810/1000.

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

There are 2 ways to achieve this certification:

  • By taking two exams ICND-1 100-105 and ICND-2 200-105
  • By taking only one CCNA 200-125 exam

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

CCNA certification is valid for three years. To recertify, pass the ICND2 exam, or pass the current CCNA exam, or pass a CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, security, voice), or pass the current CCDA exam, or pass any 300 – XXX professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam.

5. After completing the INTRO exam (ICND 1), students currently have a three-year window in which to complete the ICND exam (ICND 2) to earn CCNA certification. Will this option still exist?

Yes, students will still be able to take and pass the first exam (INTRO or ICND1) and have a three-year window to pass the second exam (ICND2), before the first exam expires.

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?

The popular sims now are RIPv2 Troubleshooting, DHCP Sim, Access-list 2 , EIGRP TroubleShooting, OSPF Neighbor sims but no one can guarantee you will not see other sims in your exam. So the best way is practicing all sims on this site.

8. How many points will I get for one sim?

Well, Cisco doesn’t tell how many points you will get for each correctly solved sim but from my experience, you will get from 80 to 100 points for each sim. Cisco maybe is a bit rude for sims because you will just get a few points if you can’t solve the sim completely. So be careful with the sims and try to write all the commands on paper many times before taking this exam.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Can I use short commands, for example “conf t” instead of “configure terminal”? Will I get full mark for short commands?

It is another big question in the CCNA exam. Some reports said that you can use the “Tab” and short commands but some said they didn’t work. Sometimes the simulator in the exam doesn’t accept short commands and marks as “incomplete command”. Besides, no one can guarantee it will cost points or not if you use short commands so my recommendation is you should learn the full commands.

12. What are your recommended materials for CCNA?

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.

13. How much time should I spend on each sim?

You should not spend more than 15 minutes for each sim. Recall that you only have 90 minutes so if you spend 15 minutes for each sim x 4 sims = 60 minutes (now the sims have been reduced to 3 but we calculate 4 sims for safe). The 30 minutes left is for solving 40 multiple choice questions. If you are not a native English speaker and have 30-minute expansion (ask your teacher or testing center to confirm) than you can spend 20 minutes for each sim.

14. Can I pass without doing sims?

As mentioned above, each sim will cost you from 80 to 100 points. In the real exam you will have to solve 4 sims that give from 320 to 400 points. Suppose you answer all other questions perfectly then you will get 600 to 680 points but the passing score is 825. It means that you surely fail if ignore them.

From the calculation above, if you miss only one sim the chance to pass is average but if you miss two, the chance to pass is very, very low.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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).

18. In the exam, how can I access to the routers in the simulator?

As you can see in the exam, there is always one PC connected to the router you need configure. Just click on this PC to be taken to the CLI of the router (no need to type telnet … or do anything else). Of course it is not true in real life but maybe Cisco did it that way to save you some time!

19. 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.

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

We have digitaltut.com for ROUTE, certprepare.com for SWITCH and networktut.com for TSHOOT, voicetut.com for CCNA Voice, securitytut.com for CCNA Security and dstut.com for CCDA. We always try our best to bring you newest information about these exams, hope you enjoy these sites too!

21. 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.

22. Hi all, I want to ask if out of 5 questions in the sim 1 or 2 questions are answered wrongly, do we get 0 marks for that sim or get something for other correct answers?
You still get points for the parts you answered correctly so try to answer as much as possible for that sim.

23. 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: http://www.autismtoday.com/?page=ccna-questions-and-answers

24. 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. saro
    May 18th, 2017

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  2. saro
    May 18th, 2017

    send latest CCNA dumps link friends.

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    May 18th, 2017

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  4. Unu
    May 18th, 2017

    Please send to me also, i will take exam 200-125
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  5. red89
    May 18th, 2017

    Please upload the new pdf exam

  6. red89
    May 18th, 2017

    the vce of 350 questions is valid?

  7. sorinT87
    May 18th, 2017

    MTA – the answer it’s dynamic desirable. In 266q the answer it’s auto, but it’s wrong. thanks

  8. dogsoft0937
    May 18th, 2017

    which three technical services support cloud computing?

    A. VPN connectivity

    B. extended SAN services

    C. ip localization

    D. redudant connections

    E. layer 3 network routing

    F. network-monitored power sources

    which the correct answer??

  9. Anonymous
    May 18th, 2017

    Taking the test on the 19th been studying the Q266, Q171, all sims and CCNAv3 New I can only hope this will cover it. Has anyone taken the test in the past week that passed from the above knowledge bases I provided?? If not what knowledge base are they using?

  10. dlinq
    May 18th, 2017

    I am seeing on the 12th of May was the last confirm that 226 questions where valid. Others are posting the SIMs but no response on questions and one on the on the 17th said questions have changed can anyone validate this? If the questions have changed then where can I go to get the new questions?? Time is of the importance!! Is 9tut still a valid site??

  11. NJ
    May 18th, 2017

    Guys please send me the dumps 266q on my email id: mehakk dot jaswal at g m a i l dot com Please remove spaces, I really appreciate this, if anyone could send me the latest dumps.

  12. NJ
    May 18th, 2017

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  13. Roop
    May 18th, 2017

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  14. Anonymous
    May 18th, 2017

    Hey all need a little help can you please send latest DUMP(TEST BANK) EXAM 200-125 to

  15. NJ
    May 18th, 2017

    Hi, Could you please send me 266Q and 171Q, It would be great help , Thanks.

  16. Mao
    May 19th, 2017

    which type of device can be replaced by the use of subinterfaces for VLAN routing?
    a. Layer 2 bridge
    b. Layer 2 switch
    c. Layer 3 switch
    d. router

    Could you tell me your answer and why? thank you

  17. AMB
    May 19th, 2017

    Inter-VLAN routing requires a layer-3 device, so the answer would be C and D

  18. Mao
    May 19th, 2017

    @AMB only one answer permit

  19. Lexi
    May 19th, 2017

    Can any one please share me the latest dumps of 200-125 CCNA composite. I am taking my exam soon. Please anyone help !!!

    email : L E X I R E A N 8 7 6 @ G M A I L . C O M (no space)

    Thanks a lot in advance!!!

  20. The Web
    May 19th, 2017

    which type of device can be replaced by the use of subinterfaces for VLAN routing?
    a. Layer 2 bridge
    b. Layer 2 switch
    c. Layer 3 switch
    d. router

    The answer is “D”, you don’t configure subinterfaces on a Layer 3 Switch, to support VLAN routing on a Layer 3 switch, you would need to configure SVIs (Switched Virtual Interfaces). When configuring Inter-VLAN routing on a router, a ROAS (Router On A Stick) would be cofigured using subinterfaces.

  21. ambrogia
    May 19th, 2017

    answer is C %100

  22. mhusain76
    May 19th, 2017

    anyone know answer to this…

    Which command is used to build DHCP pool?

    A. ip dhcp pool DHCP
    B. ip dhcp conflict
    C. ip dhcp-server pool DHCP
    D. ip dhcp-client pool DHCP

  23. Katniss Everdeen
    May 19th, 2017

    Ccna is easy guys! Relax!

  24. Anonymous
    May 19th, 2017

    Which two of these are characteristics of the 802.1Q protocol? (Choose two.)
    A.It is used exclusively for tagging VLAN frames and does not address network reconvergence following
    switched network topology changes.
    B.It modifies the 802.3 frame header, and thus requires that the FCS be recomputed.
    C.It is a Layer 2 messaging protocol which maintains VLAN configurations across networks.
    D.It includes an 8-bit field which specifies the priority of a frame.
    E.It is a trunking protocol capable of carrying untagged frames.
    Correct Answer: BE
    IT SHOULD BE B,C????????????????

  25. Anonymous
    May 19th, 2017

    CCNA takes a lot of time. Still, I am trying hard but all I need is some help so that I can ensure that I won’t fail. Is there anyone willing to help me? Could you please send the latest dump for CCNA ? My email address is emerald.yusef@gmail dot com.

  26. mhusain76
    May 19th, 2017

    Passed my CCNA exam this morning. Mostly all the questions are from the 191Q and 266Q dumps. Got maybe 4-5 new questions, but if you can answer all the questions from the dumps correctly and practice the SIMs real well then your good to pass. Good Luck all. Now am on to CCNP Routing exam.

  27. Tarek
    May 19th, 2017

    Need the latest dump 544 Q plz

  28. OldWaysNewCert
    May 19th, 2017

    Took my CCNA this morning (To recert for CCNA 3 year laps)received a 688, studied 266Q, 171Q, CCNAv3 and SIMs. I can tell you I saw maybe about 5 from 266Q and 171Q. About 20 from CCNAv3 and the SIM was on ACLv2 mode 3/ DHCP SIM. Not sure what happened but if it was from 266 or 171 then I would have passed. Now I have to retest any guidance will help thanks.

  29. hu
    May 20th, 2017

    I FAILED TODAY (MAY 19th). got 790.

    64Q TOTAL. I studied very well ALL new 80q and the ones on right side under CCNA 200-125 CATEGORY.

    @ 9TUT thanks for your help as always but can you PLEASE update the questions because I COUNTED 22 QUESTIONS THAT WERE NOT IN THE ABOVE TWO CATEGORIES.

    Labs were ACL AND RIPV2 same as in 9tut.

    I believe i did well in the labs but I know I got screwed over in the multiple choice because i had to guess alot of answers that I have not seen before.

    I plan on doing the re-doing exam after I come across the new questions I seen during my exam today.

  30. Tarek
    May 20th, 2017

    please can u send me this new 80 Q

  31. lisa.sweetheart.ccna@gmail.com
    May 20th, 2017

    Hi hu is the 266Q questions still valid?

  32. ah
    May 20th, 2017

    please share new dums on waqas ahmad 3132 at gmail dot com

  33. kinder
    May 20th, 2017

    alguem tem o .vce exam 200-125?

  34. kinder
    May 20th, 2017

    Does anyone have the .vce 200-125 exam?

  35. Anonymous
    May 20th, 2017

    hello 9tut community

    I have been studying over couple of months, I have used both Todd Lammle and cisco press books, let’s say that I understand everything. In real life I work on way more complicated networks on my job but still, I’m afraid that there will be some tricky theory questions. Do I have to use dumps or can I do it without it? As I can se only config questions are OSPF,EIGRP,acl…

    thanks for your time

  36. which answer is correct?
    May 20th, 2017

    could you send new 80 questions to nazeerf7atyahoo.com.thx.

  37. which answer is correct?
    May 20th, 2017

    could you send new 80 questions to nazeerf7 at yahoo . com. thx.

  38. MTA
    May 20th, 2017

    Please any one has new questions ??

  39. Jigs
    May 21st, 2017

    Heya guys
    Please send me a latest dumps of 200-125 ccna exam

    {email not allowed}

  40. Asal
    May 21st, 2017

    Are the dumps still valid or is there a change
    Who took the exam today or yesterday please share your experience

  41. waq
    May 21st, 2017

    please send me new 80 dums .on
    waqasahmad 3132 at gmail dot com

  42. Vesko
    May 21st, 2017

    Please send for everyone new valid dumps, and labs

  43. ider
    May 21st, 2017

    Which two statements about using leased lines for your WAN infrastructure are true? (Choose two.)
    A. Leased lines provide inexpensive WAN access.
    B. Leased lines with sufficient bandwidth can avoid latency between endpoints.
    C. Leased lines require little installation and maintenance expertise.
    D. Leased lines provide highly flexible bandwidth scaling.
    E. Multiple leased lines can share a router interface.
    F. Leased lines support up to T1 link speeds.

  44. Anonymous
    May 21st, 2017

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  45. Anonymous
    May 22nd, 2017

    Hi Guys!

    Please send me the latest dumps of 200-125 CCNA exam.
    I will take the exam early next week. Help would be much appriciated.

    prash123 @ outlook . com


  46. Smart
    May 22nd, 2017

    Kindly any one share latest Dumps and Labs aneshrajpoot(@) gmail dot com

  47. Anonymous
    May 22nd, 2017

    Hi Guys!
    Please send me the latest dumps of 200-125 CCNA exam.
    I will take the exam early next week. Help would be much appriciated.

    prash123prash @ Outlook .com

  48. Zig
    May 22nd, 2017

    Guys, are the 266Q dumps still valid?

  49. Anonymous
    May 22nd, 2017

    @ MTA
    May 18th, 2017

    The correct answer is Dymanic Desirable, NOT Dynamic AUTO, Coz: both ends Dynamic Auto makes access port.

  50. Anonymous
    May 22nd, 2017

    @ MTA
    May 18th, 2017

    Please check this

    Table 3-8 DTP Negotiated Interface Modes

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