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24th July 2008, 02:07 PM #31
Well i hope the CCNA exams are as easy as people are making out as i couldnt see any school kiddie or unemployed crackhead being able to pass an exam at the level i have been trained to. Put it this way we had 2 NMs and a techie drop out of the course (and that was out of only 5 of us!)
24th July 2008, 02:32 PM #32
Yeah they use to do this, they're let you write the questions down as you go as well, and when you come to do it the next day - same questions, possibly a different order if your unlucky that is.
Originally Posted by ChrisH
27th July 2008, 03:19 PM #33
We ll you have to pass a test after each chapter to progress.... what they did in the Unemployed Collage that did CCNA and Web Design..
Originally Posted by j17sparky
was one person would do the test with all others around him/her working out the correct answers...
Once he/she had passed they copied and pasted all the questins and answers.. these were printed, distrubted out and all then passed the test..
This is done in high schools as well.. as the test is online and there is no strict invidulation and the school / collage gets rewards on the higher pass rate they get..
So go to your local Job Centre and ask for a CCNA course (only available if unemployed for longer then 6 months or if you have a disability..) no experience of even touching a PC necessary
27th July 2008, 03:38 PM #34
when I sat the CCNA at uni it was an online timed exam and the questions were genertated automatically from a pool of questions so everyone sitting it had completeley different questions. Theres 4 exams, one after each section and then a 5th at the end. I think you would get found out very quickly if you had skanked the qualification. VLSM and CIDR alone, albiet a minor part, had my head fucked for a good few weeks.
27th July 2008, 11:59 PM #35
28th July 2008, 12:29 AM #36
the ccna courses at local cisco academies in FE colleges do not test for the ccna certification....end of chapter/end of semester tests that lead to getting the academy cert is what grommit is talking about i'm sure and not the ccna itself. There's no reason why an FE college that runs the academy ccna courses cannot apply to become a prometric testing centre - but that is distinct from the ccna 'tests' as part of the academy curriculum. individual has to register for the test seperately, all the academies can do is provide a discount on the cost of the exam.
Originally Posted by ssiruuk2
The ccna courses are very popular and many are fully subsidised for those already in full-time education or on benefits. Most of them are also priced low enough and delivered in a manner agreeable to employers i.e evening or saturdays so there's no reason why the employer shouldn't stump up the money if it's available as part of an individuals or depts. training budget....
books are fine, sims are fine...millions do it that way. Don't pay out of your own pocket for any ccna course, some of the teaching at local academies is very variable and the ccna courses that promise 30k salaries at other establishments are extortionate. At collges/uni Some have tutors with great wealth of knowledge others have instructors who are very wet behind the ears.
28th July 2008, 12:40 AM #37
yes i am aware of all of that torledo. I started at a cisco academy and moved to doing it from the book myself on the basis of the quality of the tutors
You will always have to pay out of your own pocket even if the course is run for free.. Exam is £90 a shot
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28th July 2008, 01:37 AM #38
28th July 2008, 09:32 AM #39
I'm not saying don't pay out of your pocket for the exam, although why can't the employer pay for the exam ? Especially as after an academy course there's a 40% discount voucher for the exam from what i remember.
Originally Posted by ssiruuk2
I did the academy route after uni, course was subbed, didn't take the exam but got through all four semesters and passed the course tests to get my academy certificates. Semester 1 was very good because of the quality of the instructor.....2-4 and the teaching was underwhelming. Like you grommit i saw all sorts on the course, ICT teacher, Microsoft sysadmins, unemployed, students, IT manager [netware], electronics engineer. It wasn't the case that everyone wanted to be there but most of us wanted to put the effort in and we were all at different levels of understanding, that's why the quality of teaching is so important. In an academy class, like any other trainign class, you'll get people who want to ask questions to further their understanding and people who don't ask a thing becuase it's all flown right over their heads and you can tell they've already pretty much given up the ghost.
As an instructor you need to be able to deal with all sorts and keep everyone interested. An academy course will not necessarily be full of self-starters and motivated professionals.
Personally i could never just pick up a book and 'get' all the info on VLSM, router ACL's etc. just from reading from pages. Attending the course was worthwhile in terms of understanding difficult topics.
28th July 2008, 12:21 PM #40
Am i correct in thinking the CCNA has changed recently? I last sat it through my uni, is it straight forward enough to sign up to just sit it yourself?
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