CCNA Exam Topics

Interestingly, the CCNA (640-801) exam topics posted by Cisco are not simply the combination of the INTRO exam topics and the ICND exam topics. If you look closely, the CCNA exam topics match more closely to the ICND exam topics than they do to the INTRO exam topics.

So, for those of you planning to take the single CCNA exam, what does that mean? Well, for practical purposes, the CCNA exam covers all the topics covered on both the INTRO and ICND exams. However, the length of the CCNA exam does not allow Cisco to ask you about every possible fact. So, you should expect the CCNA exam to include questions that cover more advanced topics, many of which require that you know the more basic facts. For instance, rather than ask a question about how to do binary math, which is specifically mentioned for the INTRO exam topics, you might have to derive subnet numbers - which requires you to use binary math. Another example: instead of describing LAN cabling, you might have a question about troubleshooting a LAN topology, and need to decide if an incorrect type of cable was used. So, while the exam topics do not exactly match up, but you essentially need to know all the same concepts on both the INTRO and ICND exams in order to succeed on the CCNA exam.

Table I-4 lists the CCNA exam topics at time of publication. As always, look to www.cisco.com for the latest posted information about the CCNA, INTRO, and ICND exams!

Table I-4 CCNA Exam Topics

Exam Topic Reference Number

Exam Topic

Planning and Design

1

Design a simple LAN using Cisco Technology

2

Design an IP addressing scheme to meet design requirements

3

Select an appropriate routing protocol based on user requirements

4

Design a simple internetwork using Cisco technology

5

Develop an access list to meet user specifications

6

Choose WAN services to meet customer requirements

Implementation and Operation

7

Configure routing protocols given user requirements

8

Configure IP addresses, subnet masks, and gateway addresses on routers and hosts

9

Configure a router for additional administrative functionality

10

Configure a switch with VLANS and inter-switch communication

11

Implement a LAN

12

Customize a switch configuration to meet specified network requirements

13

Manage system image and device configuration files

14

Perform an initial configuration on a router

15

Perform an initial configuration on a switch

16

Implement access lists

17

Implement simple WAN protocols

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Exam Topic Reference Number

Exam Topic

Troubleshooting

18

Utilize the OSI model as a guide for systematic network troubleshooting

19

Perform LAN and VLAN troubleshooting

20

Troubleshoot routing protocols

21

Troubleshoot IP addressing and host configuration

22

Troubleshoot a device as part of a working network

23

Troubleshoot an access list

24

Perform simple WAN troubleshooting

Technology

25

Describe network communications using layered models

26

Describe the Spanning Tree process

27

Compare and contrast key characteristics of LAN environments

28

Evaluate the characteristics of routing protocols

29

Evaluate TCP/IP communication process and its associated protocols

30

Describe the components of network devices

31

Evaluate rules for packet control

32

Evaluate key characteristics of WANs

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