CISCO Aspire – A fun CCNA Certification Game and Study Guide

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CISCO Aspire – A fun CCNA Certification Game and Study Guide

1 2 Mark Jacob
Added by November 16, 2012

Greetings to all who are reaching for a CCNA certification, there is a study aid available on the Cisco website for those with a Cisco (free) login. It’s called Cisco Aspire CCNA Edition. 

Here is an introductory video:

You can download Aprire from the Cisco Learning Network.

I downloaded it and installed it without any issues. I was not prompted to restart my Windows 7 x64 box after the install completed, but I noticed the game kept freezing until I did restart. Anyway, I wanted to share some of what the game has to offer, so here goes.

First screen: Click “Select User Profile”

CISCO Aspire a Fun CCNA Certification Game

Next screen: Scroll down for more avatars…

Avitar Cisco Aspire a Fun CCNA Certification Game

Or even use a custom picture:

Custom Picture Cisco Aspire a Fun CCNA Certification Game

I created a user named Username, filled in the other information, and got confirmation that the user was created successfully. Then I am returned to this screen:

Now I can select my user, enter my password, and start the journey. Of course, the journey begins with information about tokens, which are needed if you want to play the game in its entirety.

Tokens Cisco Aspire a Fun CCNA Certification Game

The game can be downloaded for free, and the tutorial can be viewed as well, but to play all 19 levels, you must purchase tokens. To do that, go to this page: 

I just clicked New Game, and was presented with this screen:

New Game Cisco Aspire a Fun CCNA Certification Game

Notice my innovative username in the upper right? Now you are presented with text and visual explanations, information, and tasks. 

Tasks and Information Cisco Aspire a Fun CCNA Certification Game

Players are presented with a variety of expectations, not just relating to Cisco specifically, but more in tune with the life of a company IT guy (think Nick Burns from Saturday Night Live!). Give it a shot. It seems we have more fun learning when we are playing a game than just reading a book, so it might just be up your alley. That CCNA is almost in your grasp!

Until next time…

Mark Jacob
Cisco Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ

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