CCENT: Making the 1 minute per question goal

So far, the results from the survey I put in Monday’s blog shows that about half of those taking the time to answer would be more inclined to take the ICND1 exam, and therefore get a CCENT cert, than before the announcement of CCENT. That pretty well matches what I’ve been hearing from people the last few months – it’s more tempting to take the 2-exam path today, but it’s not necessarily hugely compelling. But even with the ICND1 exam, time pressure plays a role. So, continuing on this week’s theme of looking at CCENT and its content, today I want to show a example of a type of question you might see on the CCENT exam, and give you a chance to test yourself, and to time yourself, to see how long the question takes. (By the way, this same kind of question could easily be on the ICND2 and CCNA exams as well.)

Don’t look any further if you want to time yourself! I’ve put a question at the end of today’s blog entry, but if you look below and start reading, you’ll impact the time, and you’ll want to get a fair time for perspective.

If you take the time to think the problem through, and time yourself, chime in and comment about it. Was it too easy? What did you think about 1st, 2nd, 3rd when solving the problem? I’ll review how I would’ve attacked it tomorrow – and of course go over the answer as well.

Here’s the survey:

Here’s the question. Start your self timer after you’ve finished reading this paragraph:

“PC1 can ping PC2, but not PC3. There are no layer 1 or layer 2 problems at all in the internetwork shown in the figure. The pertinent router configurations are shown next, with a figure of the network following. Start your timer, and stop your timer once you’ve settled on the real reason why the PC1-to-PC3 ping fails.”

Router configs:

Hostname R1

Interface S0/0/1

Ip address 10.4.10.1 255.255.248.0

Interface S0/1/0

Ip address 10.4.20.1 255.255.248.0

Interface Fa0/0

Ip address 10.4.102.111 255.255.248.0

!

Router rip

Version 2

Network 10.0.0.0

!____________________________________

Hostname R2

Interface S0/0/1

Ip address 10.4.12.2 255.255.248.0

Interface Fa0/0

Ip address 10.4.200.222 255.255.248.0

!

Router rip

Version 2

Network 10.0.0.0

!____________________________________

Hostname R3

Interface S0/0/1

Ip address 10.4.25.33 255.255.248.0

Interface fa0/0

Ip address 10.4.135.33 255.255.248.0

!

Router rip

Version 2

Network 10.0.0.0

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