How to Use This Book to Pass the Exam

One way to use this book is to start at the beginning and read it cover to cover. Although that would help you prepare, most people would not take that much time, particularly if you already knew a lot about some of the topics in the book.

The rest of you might want to consider a different strategy on how to best use this book, depending on what training you have had. This book is designed to help you get the most out of the time you take to study.

At the beginning of each chapter, you are instructed on how to make the best use of your time reading that chapter, assuming that you are not going to read every detail. The instructions on how to use each chapter are outlined in Figure 1-2.

Figure 1-2 How to Use Chapters 2 Through 13

Figure 1-2 How to Use Chapters 2 Through 13

Each of these chapters begins with a quiz, which is broken into subdivisions called "quizlets." If you get a high score, you might simply review the "Foundation Summary" section at the end of the chapter. If you score well on one quizlet but low on another, you are directed to the section of the chapter corresponding to the quizlet on which your score was low. If you score less than 50 percent on the overall quiz, you should read the whole chapter. Of course, these are simply guidelines.

After completing the core chapters (Chapters 2 through 13), you have several options for your next study activity. Chapter 14, "Scenarios for Final Preparation," can be used to expand your thinking to more real-world examples. Network diagrams are presented, along with questions from a wide range of switching subjects covered in the core chapters.

If you want even more final preparation, you can go over the many practice questions located in each chapter and on the testing engine on the accompanying CD. All pre-chapter quizzes and chapter-ending questions, with answers, are in Appendix A, "Answers to the 'Do I Know This Already?' Quizzes and Q&A Sections." The CD includes testing software, as well as many additional questions in the format of the Switching Exam. The questions should be a valuable resource when performing final preparations.

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