Cisco Certification Exam Secrets
To give yourself the best chances of passing on your first attempt, it’s important to know as much about the testing procedures as you can before taking the exam.
What Cisco Doesn’t Want You To Know
Here are Cisco Certification Exam Secrets that Cisco doesn’t not want you to know:
- Many exams are not scored out of 100 points. Some exam vendors, for example, grade their exams on a scale of 300 to 1000. If the passing score for an exam is 750, most people equate that to a 75 (meaning you need to answer correctly 3 out of ever 4 questions). However, there’s really only 700 points that can be earned (1000 minus 300). So a 750 score means you’ve earned 450 out of a possible 700 points (equivalent to roughly a 64/100). Big difference!
- Exams sometimes have hidden “Beta” questions that are not scored. If you receive a question that is overly complex, strange or just different than the other questions on the exam, there’s a good chance you’ve hit a “Beta” question. “Beta” questions are not listed as such so you don’t know which ones they are. However, they are not counted towards your exam score. Testing vendors use this technique to try out different questions to see how many people answer correctly before adding them into the exam as “real” questions and counting them in your score report.
- Not all questions are scored the same. There are many different types of questions on exams. There are multiple choice, drag-and-drop, free-text (commands), and simulated (click-based) questions, just to name a few. Each of these could be worth a varied amount of points. Usually, the most complicated the question, the more points it is worth.
Pass Your Cisco Exam
Now that you know all of these secrets, the next step is to take and pass your Cisco Exam. If you are looking to start by taking your Cisco CCNA exam, be sure to download a top-notch CCNA Book and CCNA Cheat Sheet so you are ready to pass right away!