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How to Study for the Cisco ICND2 200-101 Exam on a Budget

It took nearly eight and a half month, but I finally got around to sitting my INCD2 200-101 exam–and Passed! I wrote a prior post on How to Study for the Cisco ICND1 100-101 Exam on a Budget. Although the materials I used for the 200-101 have not changed much, these are the study materials I used to pass my test and become CCNA certified on a budget.


Buy: Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide by Wendell Odom ($25)

Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide is hands down the best exam preparation material that can be purchased for both networking neophytes and veterans. The book is well written and breaks topics down into small, easy to read chapters. Before each chapter you can take a short quiz to determine if you already know what the chapter covers. In addition, a companion CD is included with the book. The companion CD has quizzes for the end of each section as well as simulation labs, and a lot more supplemental material.

Trial: CBT Nuggets offers a trial of it’s entire IT training video library for one week, which should be plenty of time to watch the entire Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND2 200-101 series for free! The total course duration for the Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND2 200-101 series is 13 hours and 40 minutes–easily watchable in a one week for most people. Additionally, the series’ audio tracks can be downloaded and listened to offline.Be sure to check out my post on how to avoid being charged after the CBT Nuggets trial ends.

I went with this $25 option for the ICND2 200-101 exam. I found the time to watch the entire Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND2 200-101 series in just one week and then proceeded to read Wendell’s book cover-to-cover–using the companion CD along the way.


Buy: Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide by Wendell Odom ($25)

Subscribe: CBT IT Training Videos ($99 Per Month)

If you can’t find the time to watch all the CBT Nugget the entire Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND2 200-101 series in a week, your next option is to pay for a full month. The sticker price is expensive, but the content quality is worth every penny if you can’t squeeze watching the entire series in one week during the trial.


Try to do the $25 option. Don’t worry if you do not fully grasp all the material after watching the CBT Nugget series once. I used the CBT Nugget series as an introduction into the INCD2 200-101 topics. I then used Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide by Wendell Odom to really learn everything I needed to know for the exam. While the CBT IT Training Videos helped introduce me to a new topic and make it less scary, Wendell’s book gave me the details I needed to pass the exam.

Lastly, make sure know all the topics that Cisco lists on the exam’s webpage before sitting the exam. As soon as you know each topic well enough to be able to explain them to someone else, you should be ready to sit the exam. Good luck!

How has your experience been with these products? Do you have any other suggestions? Let me know in the comments below.