The Two Approaches to Pass the CCNP Exams

Do you have what it takes to become a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)? You would not know unless you take up a CCNP exam. Administered solely by Pearson VUE, the CCNP exam measures an individual s ability in dealing with medium-sized networks. Such skills include the installation, configuration and implementation of network solutions to enterprise organizations with 100 to 500 nodes. However, getting a CCNP exam also means that you have already gotten a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. This is the only prerequisite for the CCNP certification.

To be CCNP certified, a candidate has the option to pursue one of two approaches. The first one requires a candidate to pass the following four exams:

(a) 642-901 BSCI: Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks
(b) 642-812 BCMSN: Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks
(c) 642-825 ISCW: Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area Networks
(d) 642-845 ONT: Optimizing Converged Cisco Networks

Alternatively, a candidate can also take a composite exam, joining BSCI and BCMSN. The second option will then be:

(a) 642-892 Composite: Building Scalable Cisco Inter-networks (BCSI) and Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN)
(b) 642-825 ISCW: Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area Networks (c) 642-845 ONT: Optimizing Converged Cisco Networks

Each of the CCNP exams presents 55 to 70 test questions, given in multiple-choice, drag and drop, or fill in the blanks formats. The exam should be completed within roughly 75 to 90 minutes, which usually depends on the content of the exam itself. CCNP exams cover topics that include virtual private networks (VPNs), quality of service (QoS), security and broadband technologies. Passing the exam also means obtaining the CCNP title for 3 years, in which recertification is required to retain it thereafter.

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