How to Prepare for the CCIE Security Written Exam Using This Book

This book provides several tools designed to prepare you for the CCIE Security written exam. Each chapter helps you evaluate your comprehension of the exam objectives from the blueprint (see Table 1-1). In addition, this book includes a CD-ROM with a bank of over 300 sample exam questions you can use to take practice exams. The CD-ROM contains a good mixture of easy and difficult questions to mimic the content and questions asked in the real examination.

NOTE For more information about the CCIE Security exams and for general tips on how to prepare for the exams beyond just using this book, see Appendix B, "Study Tips for CCIE Security Examinations."

The chapters open by identifying the exam objectives covered in that chapter. You can begin by taking the "Do I Know This Already?" Quiz to immediately evaluate how familiar you are with a subject. Then, use the quiz instructions in each chapter to decide how much you need to study the subject. If you need to learn a lot, start with the "Foundation Topics" section, which goes into detail about the objectives covered in that chapter. If your quiz results demonstrate that you already have a strong grasp of the subject, you can skip to the "Foundation Summary," "Q & A," and "Scenarios" sections at the end of the chapter. Each of these elements includes detailed instructions on how to best use it to prepare for the exam.

This book covers all the objectives in the CCIE Security written exam blueprint, but no one book can teach you everything you need to know for a CCIE exam. Although you can use this book to identify and fill in knowledge gaps, you might encounter areas where you feel less prepared than others. Consider supplementing your learning in these areas with practical experience, specific books on the subject, or on CCO (Cisco Connection Online).

In addition to the chapters in this book, the accompanying CD-ROM provides tools that can help you prepare for the exam. The CD-ROM includes over 300 sample questions that you can explore in a few modes. You can work through the questions in study mode. Study mode allows you to link to an electronic version of the book when you want more information on the particular topic covered in the question. In study mode, you can choose the topics and number of questions you want to work through.

Practice exam mode allows you to take a simulated exam with a time limit and randomly selected questions. At the end of the exam, you receive a score and a categorical breakdown of your performance. Use these results to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses, so you can use this book and other resources to fill in any knowledge gaps.

Using this book is one of the best steps you can take toward achieving the most sought after certification in the IT industry. You need to rely on your extensive experience to pass the exam, but this book can make your preparation focused and efficient. Do not give up, and keep studying until you become certified. When you do pass, please e-mail me at [email protected] so that I can hear of your achievement.

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