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Exam Profile: Cisco CCDA DESIGN (640-864)

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This article profiles the Cisco CCDA exam (640-864), an entry level networking exam that services as a starting point for the CCDP certification. Pearson IT Certification provides a variety of exam preparation tools to help our customers in their quest for certification. As part of our service to you, we have developed this Exam Profile series. Each profile is developed based on the testing experience of one of our trainers or authors. You won’t get exact questions or answers, but you will get a real feel for the exam. Each profile describes question forms, trouble spots, hints for exam preparation, and recommendations for additional study resources. Find out what you can expect to see on the exam and how you can better prepare for it.

Editor's Note: This Exam Profile was updated on July 26, 2011. All previous bookmarks should still be valid, however.

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The Cisco 640-864 CCDA exam serves as both an entry level design exam and a starting point for the Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certification. The CCDA covers almost the full breadth of Cisco technologies from a topical and design level. The CCDA omits practical (hands-on) material and concentrates on design and conceptual topics. In fact, the breadth of the CCDA will be the most challenging aspect for most candidates.

Cisco states that CCNA and BCMSN (SWITCH exam) level knowledge are required to prepare for the CCDA exam. However, neither of those is a prerequisite. This means that you could take and obtain a CCDA without a valid CCNA or without passing the SWITCH exam. In order to move to the CCDP level though, Cisco requires that candidates have both a valid CCNA and CCDA certifications.

Exam Details

  • Types of Questions: Multiple Choice (single and multiple answer), drag-and-drop.
  • Number of Questions: 55
  • Passing score: 790, on a scale of 300 to 1000
  • Time Limit: 75 minutes
  • How to Register: Pearson VUE
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