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Wendell Odom profiles CCNA exams ICND1 and ICND2

In case the name in the title of this blog rings no bells with you, let me observe that Mr. Odom not only holds CCIE number 1624 (they started at number 1024 -- 10000000000 in binary -- and they're granting new ones in the 30,000s these days) but is also the author of numerous Cisco Press books on Cisco certifications, including the key tomes in the boxed CCNA Cert Library set.

To my way of thinking, this makes him uniquely qualified to comment on the two-exam version of the CCNA exams known as ICND1 (640-822) and ICND2 (640-816). And, in fact, he's written two peachy-keen articles called "Exam Profiles" on each of these two exams:

  • Exam Profile: Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 (640-822), dated December 2, 2011, covers the latest information on this exam, updated to track the latest edition of the Cisco Press study guide that he also authored on this exam.
  • Exam Profile: ICND2 (640-816), dated December 2, 2011, does likewise for the companion exam in the two part version of the CCNA exam series (there's also a single exam version 640-802, which simply combines content from both of these exams in a double-length rendition of the same materials).

Odom does a great job of flagging the topics where candidates typically have difficulty with the exam -- he calls them "Trouble Spots" -- and he also provides pointers for exam prep, lists recommended resources, and talks about what comes down the pike after you get the CCNA under your belt. It's not just useful information (and a dandy advertisement for his own excellent books) it's also incredibly incisive and insightful as well. If you're pondering the possibility of tackling the CCNA, these two articles are a great place to start chasing down that dream a little more forcefully.