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Exam Profile: Cisco CCNA 640-802

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Editor's Note: This article was updated on December 2, 2011 to include new information and links to the latest study resources available from Cisco Press.

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The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) serves as the single most popular Cisco certification. This popularity is driven by the fact that Cisco lists the CCNA certification as the prerequisite for most other Cisco certifications, including the other Cisco CCNA Concentration certifications, plus the Cisco professional level certifications, like CCNP.

To achieve the CCNA certification, Cisco provides two testing options:

  • Pass one exam (CCNA 640-802)
  • Pass two exams (ICND1 640-822 and ICND2 640-816)

Both options cover the same topics, but if you take the CCNA 640-802 exam, you take one exam that covers all the topics, while the two-exam path simply breaks the same topics into two exams. This paper examines the CCNA 640-802 exam specifically.

The CCNA 640-802 exam includes a wide variety of topics that mostly tracks to two weeklong courses from Cisco: The ICND1 and ICND2 courses. As a result, the CCNA exam includes:

  • TCP/IP
  • LAN Switching
  • IP Routing
  • IP Addressing (including VLSM)
  • Cisco router and switch Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • WANs (point-to-point and Frame Relay)
  • VLANs and VLAN trunking
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Routing Protocols (RIP, EIGRP, OSPF)
  • Network Address Translation (NAT)

Along with these topics, the exam requires that you know how to configure each topic, use commands to verify that each works properly, and troubleshoot problems using a router/switch simulator on the exam.

Exam Details

  • Exam Number: 640-802
  • Number of questions: 45-55
  • Types of questions: Multiple Choice (single and multiple answer), drag-and-drop, Sim, Simlet, Testlet
  • Passing scores: varies
  • Time limit: 90 minutes
  • Language: Multiple languages
  • How to register: Vue testing centers
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