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read... A Lab Simulation for CCIEs
March 2002 — This set of six simulated labs can help prepare you for the CCIE Routing and Switching exam. Even with its flaws, it’s a good value.

read... Building a Design Foundation
March 2002 — If you’re about to take 640-025, you need to know that this is one tough exam. It’s not tough in the aspect that you aren’t smart enough to read through and decipher the questions being asked, but because of the volume of information you’re being tested on. This book can help you through the study effort.
read... T1 and The Link Protocols That Use It
January 2002 — An excellent guide to both the installation and debugging of T1 technology and the link layer protocols that run on it.
read... Prepping for CID
January 2002 — This book will help you pass the CID exam but there are gotchas you will have to pay attention to to catch.
read... CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Test Yourself Practice Exams: Exam 640-507
September 2001 —
CCNA Test Yourself
CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Test Yourself Practice Exams: Exam 640-507
CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Test Yourself Practice Exams--Exam 640-507
Syngress Media Editor
Osborne McGraw Hill, November 2000, $19.99

ISBN 0-07212668X

www.syngress.com
Pro: A fast paced review of materials covered on the CCNA test.

Con: The exam simulation software is unimpressive.

Verdict: Great value mostly because of the text portion. To the point on concepts and not remedial.

What do you look for in study materials for the CCNA exam? Do you study theory or syntax? How about just hammering away at a realistic exam simulator until you feel comfortable with your scores? Of course the best approach is to do all of the above—approach this test from all angles.

read... CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Second Edition (Osborne/McGraw-Hill)
September 2001 —
CCNA Study Guide
CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Second Edition (Exam 640-507)
CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide by Eric L. McMasters, Brad Lucas, Michael Flannagan, John M. Gunson II, and Andre Paree-Huff

Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 2000, $49.99
ISBN 0-07-212667-1
www.osborne.com
Pro: This book covers a lot of material, and includes a CD-ROM with practice tests and an electronic copy of the text.

Con: It’s poorly written, disorganized and repetitive.

Reviewer’s Rating: “I don’t recommend this book. It’s poorly written and chapters tend to repeat information found in other chapters.”

On the surface the Osborne Certification Press CCNA Study Guide appears to be an attractive offering with over 650 pages of information in 14 chapters and extras such as the “CertTrainer” and “ExamSim” software. Underneath the covers, however, you'll find a book that’s disorganized, poorly written, repetitive and confusing.

read... CCNA Certification Kit
September 2001 —
CCNA Certification Kit
CCNA Certification Kit (includes CCNA Study Guide and CCNA Virtual Lab e-trainer)
CCNA Certification Kit Todd Lammle, William Tedder

Sybex, June 2000, $139.98

ISBN 0-7821-2729-0

www.sybex.com
Pro: Well-written and comprehensive, covers a lot of material.

Con: Numerous errors and typos.

Verdict: This study kit is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to build solid Cisco skills and pass the CCNA test.

Sybex's CCNA Certification Kit is one of the more expensive offerings available in the field at $139.98, but there are good reasons for the price. The kit contains the comprehensive and well-written book, CCNA Study Guide and includes an excellent router simulator in the e-Trainer Virtual Lab. I've reviewed several of the competing products, and I found that this is the best CCNA self-study training kit available.

read... CCNA 2.0 640-507 Routing and Switching Cheat Sheet
September 2001 — CCNA 2.0 640-507 Routing and Switching Cheat Sheet
CCNA Cheat Sheet
CCNA 2.0 640-507 Routing and Switching Cheat Sheet

Joe Habraken

Que, October 2000, $24.99

ISBN 0-7897-2293-3

www.mcp.com/que













Pro: Well written, well organized, easy to read.

Con: Not enough material, discussions too brief, some concepts/topics not covered.

Verdict: Recommended for those who have Cisco experience and just want to pass the CCNA test.

CCNA 2.0 640-507 Routing and Switching Cheat Sheet appears to be Que’s response to the Exam Cram series by Coriolis. At 6"x 9" and 270 pages it's much smaller than many of the competing CCNA books. Accordingly, its price is lower too ($24.99).
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