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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 102 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 The ICND1 & 2 exams were removed and no longer valid so we cannot take them now.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: http://congressreiki.ranm.org/?all=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. SQ
    May 20th, 2020

    @BIGBOY. No you can’t use pen or paper. You get a virtual whiteboard – like paint. I took test yesterday.

    May 21st, 2020

    how can I get that taking from home?

  3. SQ
    May 21st, 2020

    @BIGBOY It’s part of the exam tools.

  4. mark jr
    May 23rd, 2020

    Hi every one, plz let me know is there any lab on the new exam 200-301? or only Q/A.
    Tk you so much !!!

  5. Anonymous
    May 26th, 2020

    @markjr as of 05/22, there were no lab questions…just multiple choice and drag and drop

  6. BK
    June 11th, 2020

    Hi @Anonymous Kindly send latest dump for 200-301 to mwatibryan (@) gmail (.) com

  7. Hello
    June 12th, 2020

    Hello, Thanks9tut. i am studying CCNA 200-301, would you please send latest dump for 200-301 to giggsluk11 (@) hotmail (.) com

  8. BangNew
    June 16th, 2020

    Are there plans to include the 200-901 devnet associate exam for premium members?

  9. Md. Hannan Hossain
    June 18th, 2020

    Hello, Thanks9tut. I am studying CCNA 200-301, would you please send the latest dump for 200-301 to hannan (.)riad(@)gmail(.)com

  10. Anu
    June 19th, 2020

    I am going to take CCNA 200-301 exam in few weeks, Should I also prepare questions under CCNA 200-125 section?

  11. snika
    June 30th, 2020

    CCNA (200-301) ON


    Thank you…….

  12. Priyadarshi
    July 6th, 2020

    Hi @Anonymous
    Kindly send latest dump for 200-301 to {email not allowed}

  13. Cassy
    July 12th, 2020

    hi,I would like to know if these dumps from 200-301 section including the new questions good enough to pass the exam? I am taking online examination , the coming week.

  14. 9tut
    July 13th, 2020

    @Cassy: Yes, currently our questions are valid for this exam and they are enough to pass.

  15. Sam
    July 17th, 2020

    Hello, Are 9tut questions, CCNAv7 (2020) – New Questions and Prepaway dump version 2 enough for passing ccna 200-301 exam next week?

  16. 9tut
    July 17th, 2020

    @Sam: Currently our questions are more than enough to pass this exam. You don’t need questions from other sites.

  17. Sergio
    July 22nd, 2020

    Do you have the dumps if a subscribe to the membership?

  18. Gan
    July 23rd, 2020

    Kindly share

  19. Real G
    August 1st, 2020


    Would you please send the latest dump for CCNA 200-301 to charlesgatimu(@)gmail(.)com

  20. Anonymous
    August 3rd, 2020

    Please share the latest dump for CCNA 201-301 to madhumithabalakrishnan(@)gmail(.)com.

  21. Anonymous
    August 6th, 2020


    Kindly send the latest dump for CCNA 200-301 to realphp2(@)gmail(.)com

  22. Florian
    August 16th, 2020


    Is it enough to learn the questions in “CCNA_questions_July_2020.pdf” from the link above to pass the test?

  23. pslaught86
    August 30th, 2020


    Would you please send the latest dump for CCNA 200-301 to paul.slaughter86(@)gmail(.)com ? Thank you!

  24. kaya
    August 30th, 2020

    I’m studying like crazy!!!
    Would you please send me latest dumps for CCNA 200-301? My email: rosanx @ hotmail . it
    thank u so muchhhh

  25. Anonymous
    September 2nd, 2020

    The “New Questions Part 1/2/3” in the Premium Membership are taken straight from the exam?

  26. Anonymous
    September 16th, 2020

    can someone send me dumps for ccna 200-301 and help outt
    dalsubaie21 at gmail dot com

    September 20th, 2020


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