There are only a handful of books to select from when studying for the CCNP SWITCH 300-115 exam. It’s tough to make the right decision on a resource for an exam that costs $250 to sit in. My go-to book resource is Cisco Press. In short, I passed the CCNP SWITCH (300-115) exam on January 20th, 2015 with the assistance of CCNP SWITCH 300-115 Official Cert Guide.
When I started studying for this exam on October 31st, 2014, there wasn’t a book available covering the new objectives. I printed the exam objectives and started reading configuration guides. As soon as the books were available, I put an order in with Cisco Press and I was off.
The author, David Hucaby, did a great job with his explanations. The book itself isn’t as big as ROUTE. What I like about this book is it is easy to follow along with Cisco’s objectives. After passing the exam, I can say that it covers it very well. David helped me to understand topics where I was weak. It helped reinforce the fundamentals of Spanning Tree and redundancy such as GLBP.
Within the book are good diagrams and configuration examples. The little details are in there as well such as timers, intervals, etc. You’ll need to remember those for the exam.
In preparation for the exam, each chapter is preluded with a chapter quiz. I used those pre-chapter quizzes after I have read through the entire book. The questions are very good compared to the exam. I dig deeper into other topics where I score lower than 80%. Each chapter has anywhere from 10-15 questions so it’s not something to rely on.Continue Reading…