An ambitious collection of 2,000 practice questions and answers that attempts to familiarize the reader with the first CISCO networking exam, the CCENT.
Through the device of questions and answers, AL_Taiey encourages students to carefully read about the concepts essential to an understanding of how computer networks function and the process by which they are designed. By formatting the book into sections that map to critical concepts in the CISCO curriculum, AL_Taiey aids the student in concentrating on the areas in which they may feel they need to improve. The questions are direct even if the language is sometimes awkward. On several of AL_Taiey’s “check all that apply” style of questions, all the listed answers are correct, which forces the reader to carefully read all of the foils. This is a valuable skill if one is preparing for any CCNA exam. While the book may prepare someone for the written parts of the exams, tackling the entire book in one week, as suggested by the title, would be a daunting task. AL_Taiey describes the step-by-step processes by which one configures routers and switches, and this provides a good base of technical knowledge, but the lab experiences, simulations and practical knowledge required to pass this particular exam will have to come from somewhere else. For a student who has worked in the field or someone who has had access to the CISCO Academy curriculum, this book would function well as additional study guide/test prep material. But without this foundation, the most likely outcome would be an improved score on the written portion of the test; what is commonly referred to as a “paper certification.”
Addresses the written aspect of the CISCO Certification process but the reader will need to fill in the practical portion from other sources, or better yet from work experience, before attempting the CCENT Exam.