As I’m writing this blog post, you have exactly 84 days and 13 hours to pass the current Cisco CCNA RS exam. Of course, in reality, it’s probably less because you can guarantee that the exam testing centers will be fully booked for the last few days.
If you start today you can pass, I’ve proven this point time and time again with my 60 days to CCNA program. But it does require discipline and tenacity. If you can get through this iteration of the exam, you will be all good for the next three years.
So, here’s what you need to do.
- Forget all social activities
- Stop watching TV
- Disable your social media accounts
- Suspend all DIY projects and hobbies
- Study 2-3 hours per day every day
Yeah, I know you're busy. People throw the term out as if they are the only one with kids, a job and a long journey to work. You will have to get up a bit earlier and study, study on the way to work if you catch the train, take your lunch break and study and then do some in the evening.
This is literally only for two months out of your entire life. Then you can relax if you want and have a ton of fun. I’ve used this method for years and every December I spend the entire month binge-watching shows like The Sopranos and The Wire.
I recently had a student quit a course complaining that he was too busy. I took a look at his social media profile, and he’s out fishing every weekend, playing drums in a band and going to the movies. So it isn’t that he’s busy, he’s just lazy. When his company downsizes and looks to shed staff he’ll be crying because he was let go due to not being qualified and even worse, he’ll find himself unemployable.
The new style Cisco CCNA exam (referred to as CCNA RS v3.0) is at least 30% harder than the current version. This is due to the extra content (around 30% more to learn) and the complexity of the subjects and the fact you have to know how to configure and troubleshoot most of them including multi-area OSPFv3 and eBGP.
You have a couple of options I recommend, but you must start right away. Both were created by myself and three CCIEs.
The 60 Days to Cisco CCNA route. Use the below link to get started and use the below coupon for a discount:
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This covers lifetime access to my training videos, follow along labs with solutions and bonus exams.
Or take my Cisco CCNA Simplified course which accompanies my Amazon book (around 2 dollars for Kindle version). It’s a slower paced version, but you can still pass within 80 days:
With that course, you get 24/7 access to live cisco racks, exams, video lessons and bonus materials. It’s $1 trial and converts to $20 per month.
Of course, there are other courses and books out there, but the problem is you are left to struggle on at your own pace. You must use a system that works and will get you the best result in the shortest amount of time.
For hands-on experience, you need access to a home rack, a remote rack or Packet Tracer. GNS3 is fine for all routing but has no real switching capability so you can’t do your VLANs, VTP, switch security, and STP, which are vital subjects.
Your alternatives are to:
- Never take the CCNA exam
- Take the new version and hope you pass
But if you don’t have the time now then things are unlikely to change in the future. There is always something to swallow our time and energy up.
You can get the current and new exam details here. You will need to create a free CCO account to view the syllabus.