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Posted December 19, 2004
CIT Book - Total disaster
I have just wasted $125 failing the CIT exam. I'm an MCSE and CCNA, with 3 years Cisco networking experience and this is the first exam I have ever failed. The CIT book does not cover more than 40% of the exam's scope. The CD's practice test is lame, won't prepare you for the real exam. Do not waste your money on these books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2004
Once you have achieved the CCNA certification, your natural path points toward the Cisco Certified Network Professional certification. This title from Cisco Press is a set consisting of one book for each of the four exams specific to the CCNP certification. This set includes the following books: --CCNP BSCI Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition, by Claire Gough --CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide, by David Hucaby --CCNP BCRAN Exam Certification Guide, Second Edition, by Brian Morgan and Craig Dennis --CCNP CIT Exam Certification Guide, Second Edition, by Amir S. Ranjbar This set, covering diverse topics in significant detail, is an excellent CCNP preparation tool. The material in the books focuses on Cisco's published objectives for the CCNP exams, and covers them well. The longest and most unique book in this collection is the volume on routing (BSCI). It¿s structured to cover the objectives for the 642-801 exam using several tools common to all the books in the set¿namely detailed but highly readable text, graphical, tabular, and router configuration examples, Q&A and ¿Do I Know This Already?¿ quizzes, and the bundled CDROM. The graphics are first-rate and illustrate key concepts clearly. What sets the BSCI book apart from the others in the set, and other Cisco Press books I¿ve read, is the series of lab exercises at the end of each chapter. The BSCI labs provide comprehensive scenarios that take in all the concepts taught in each chapter, in step-by-step form. Answers are provided following each example so that you can check your work. This book is particularly well-suited to self-study. This level of detail and the inclusion of labs is key, since in my opinion, the CCNP routing exam (642-801) is the most difficult one in all of Cisco¿s Professional-level certifications. It¿s appropriate that the routing book, at 950 pages, contains about a third of the pages of the entire set! The labs in the routing book cover concepts that Cisco hits hard on the exam questions and simulations, including OSPF, BGP and IS-IS. You¿ll need a fair amount of Cisco equipment to do the lab work, but it¿s obtainable on-line and is worth the investment if you want to do well on the exams and really understand the topics. For a book of this size, the routing text is remarkably consistent and error-free. Although I found a few minor errors here and there, the book is well-suited to self-study¿in part because it is so accurate. The overall structure and content of this book make it the strongest learning tool I¿ve seen for the BSCI exam. Although the other three books in the set don¿t include this comprehensive level of configuration exercises, they do provide some scenario-based material to reinforce concepts. All the texts are good for instructor-led training, or as a text for web-based training. Although the other three books are all significantly shorter than the routing text, they share many of the excellent traits that makes this set such a strong preparation tool for the CCNP certification exams. I tried to use Exam Cram 2 texts in addition to this Cisco Press set while preparing for the BSCI and BCMSN exams, and quickly found that the Cisco Press set offers by far the clearest, most easily digested, error-free and relevant information. Each book in this set comes with a CD that contains a high-quality practice exam engine (sourced by Boson), as well as the PDF text of the book and some sample material from other Cisco Press titles. I found the CDs very useful¿especially the test engines, since a key part of studying for certification exams that are as difficult as Cisco¿s CCNP exams is assessing what you¿ve learned and how well you can apply it. The self-tests include questions of each type that appear on the exams, including basic simulation-type questions that are probably best called scenarios; they don¿t have the look and feel of an actual router or switch interface during configuration, as the exams do. TheyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.