How to prepare well for CCNA Routing and Switching 200-101

Certification: Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching - Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching

The Cisco certifications prove that the person has the necessary skills and knowledge to install, configure, monitor and troubleshoot the related Cisco products. The Cisco certifications have different types of levels. The CCNA certification is of associate level. The CCNA Routing and Switching certification proves that the person has the knowledge and skills to install, configure, monitor and troubleshoot the network infrastructure products of Cisco Systems. The examinees could wither take a single exam or take two exams to get this certification. One part of the two exam path is the 200-101 exam. This exam’s name is Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices- Part 2. Let’s talk about how the examinees can prepare well for this certification exam.

Take the recommended training

Cisco provides training for the particular certification exam. These trainings are highly recommended for the examinees. The CCNA Routing and Switching 200-101 certification exam also has a recommended training. The examinees who want to get upper hand in this certification should sign up for this training and sit through it. The Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices- Part 2 training is five day course where the examinees are given basic idea about the installation, configuration, monitoring and troubleshooting of an enterprise network. Normally, this training is more focused on network support, network administrators and help desk technicians. The examinees will also get a virtual classroom presentation which will also contain instructions and slides from the instructors. Besides they will also get to use Cisco lab to hone their knowledge and skills for this exam. Throughout the whole training they will get to learn about Cisco switches and routers as well as use of these switches and routers in WANs and LANs. Before they sit for this training, it is recommended that the examinees have following knowledge:

  • Know the basic fundamentals of networking
  • Able to implement network connectivity, WANs, LANs and IPv6 connectivity
  • Able to manage network security

The examinees can find the training location in the Cisco website. The start date, location, language and the course provider information will be given in the website. All they have to do is just enroll.

Use self learning materials

The Cisco Systems provide a number of self learning materials. With these materials the examinees can prepare themselves for the upcoming certification exam. The most recommended self learning materials are Cisco Demos E-learning for CCNA, CCNA Routing and Switching Study Sessions, Cisco Press Author IT Training Videos and Cisco Demos the Cisco Learning Labs. All these materials are videos where the clear instruction and information of the contents related to the exam topics will be given. Most of these self learning materials contain introduction to routing and switching, fundamentals of OSPF, EIGRP and RIP. These three are the important topics of the CCNA Routing and Switching 200-101 exam. So, the examinees must make sure that they cover all these topics. Besides that these videos will also contain information about all the other topics. So, by watching these videos the examinees will be able to prepare for the exam. They should also use the Cisco learning labs. Through these labs the examinees will get to experience firsthand what the certification exam will be like. They will be able to practically grasp the concept of exam topics. After all, practical study is much better than theoretical one.

Join a study group

There is a study group of people who have given Cisco certification exam or are about to give one. By joining this study group the examinees will be able to gather a lot of tips and tricks for the exam. The recommended study group by the Cisco Systems itself is CCENT/CCNA Routing and Switching Study Group. There are a lot of discussion page related to routing, switching, network and so on. The examinees can take part in such discussions and learn new things as well as give their inputs regarding those topics. By joining such groups they will be able to get new information daily, ask anything they are confused about and get new tips and tricks regarding the certification.

Watch seminar and IT training videos

The website of Cisco provides a link to seminar and IT training videos. There are a lot of videos related to various Cisco technologies that will help you in the preparation of Cisco certification.  The examinees can go to these links by following this path: Cisco Learning Home-> learning center-> IT Training videos and seminars. In the list of these videos the examinees can search for the video related to CCNA Routing and Switching 200-101 certification exam and watch it. This video will surely give them a new insight and information about routing and switching.


Books are the resources that will help the examinees to prepare well for any kind of certifications. So, it is a must to buy the right kind of books that will help them to prepare fully for the upcoming certification exam. They can buy the books related to CCNA Routing and Switching 200-101 exam or any other certification exam in the Cisco Press Store. All they have to do is search for the books related to certain exam and purchase it. Some of the books that they can buy for this exam are CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-101 Official Cert guide, Academic Edition and Network Simulator Bundle, CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-101 Pearson uCertify course, Cert Guide and Simulator Bundle and CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-101 Official Cert guide. These three books are bound to be very useful whilst preparing for the exam.

With proper resources, hard work and determination the examinees will be able to fully prepare for the CCNA Routing and Switching 200-101 exam. If they follow the above advices they will find that they have prepared well enough for the exam at the end.

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