Simulations you can expect in Cisco's ICND1 exam

Hands-on practice is key for success in Cisco's ICND1 (CCENT) exam. But what should you practice?

Cisco is pretty clear on what you might need to configure in their new Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) exam. When you look at the exam blueprint, they use the language configure, verify and troubleshoot as opposed to just describe.

What does this list of possible configuration topics look like? Here you go! 

  • IPv4 addressing

  • IPv6 addressing

  • Pv6 stateless address auto configuration

  • VLANs (normal range) spanning multiple switches

  • Interswitch connectivity

  • Layer 2 protocols (CDP, LLDP)

  • Port security

  • Inter-VLAN routing

  • IPv4 and IPv6 static routing

  • RIP version 2

  • DHCP

  • NTP

  • ACLs


  • Syslog

  • Device management

  • Initial device configuration

  • Basic device hardening

  • Device maintenance

  • Troubleshoot using Cisco tools 

Yes! This is a pretty long list, especially considering your exam will be around 55 questions. Remember, hands-on practice is easier than ever. There are simulations, emulations, rental racks, used equipment and more. Be sure to practice, practice, practice before you show up on exam day. 

To learn more, visit Cisco's website to review the types of simulation questions you might face (as well as all other question types).

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