At this moment, the book is available only in hard cover format.
Along with the actual book, you get a CD which has useful information on it.
As the name implies, the purpose of this book is to test your knowledge on CCNA exam topics using the already known flash cards method. Because you have the answer as well, it can help you to find your weaknesses or your strengths with regards to the exam topics.
My advice is that you should use this book only after you read the certification guide and did the lab practice. This should be the last thing that you do before you go for the exam. In case you find that you don’t master any of the sections, then go one more time through that section and read the corresponding sections from Quick Reference Guide, which is explained below.
The book is split into two major parts. Each part is covering one of the two exams needed to pass CCNA 200-120.
The first part has 12 sections and it is covering the ICND1 exam. The second part has 9 sections and it is covering ICND2 exam.
Each section has around half a page of introductory notions about what will be discussed in that particular section. For instance, section 4 from Part 1, Understanding TCP/IP, begins with a short history of TCP/IP, explains shortly what the IP versions supported and introduces the notions of VLSM and route summarization.
After this half page, each section has more or less tons of questions about topics that fall in that category. The way the book is edited is that the answer to the questions is on the next page so you cannot peek to the correct answer unless you really want to. I see this as a better approach than providing the answer right after the questions when you unwillingly might take a look at the answer.
Some of the questions are simple where you either know the answer or you don’t. For instance, you need to know what is the port used by a protocol. If your answer is more than one word, then you are divagating. Other questions are more complex and the answer can be up to half a page. Giving the right answer to this type of questions proves that you understand the concept in detail. These questions are, let’s say, harder than what you will get during the exam.
At the end of each part there is the Quick Reference Guide which is also split in the same number of flash cards sections. This are condensed information of about 80 – 100 pages about the topics discussed in that particular book part. The author believes that you might use this as study guide for the CCNA exam, but I doubt about that. If you start from scratch, then the guides are not offering you enough information to pass the exam.
However, you can use the guides as a preparation for these flash cards as they cover almost all the questions. Also, the guides are useful as memory refresh for people that once prepared for CCNA exam and now they need to review a topic and they do not want to read 50 pages about OSPF from the certification guide.
The CD contains the Pearson IT Certification Practice Test software. You can use this software to activate practice tests.
You have more than 200 questions that mimic the exam questions.
The CD contains the Pearson IT Certification Cert Flash Cards Online application which allows you to use all the flash cards from the book from a computer, a tablet or a smart phone. The way this engine is built is allowing you to see the flash cards in a random way or to see a custom set from all the flash cards. The flexibility of the application allows you to provide your answer and then compare it to the correct answer. Also, you can write notes on the questions that you would like and at the end, get a report with all the notes.
I recommend this book as it provides concise information about the CCNA exam topics. This combined with the questions and answers from all the sections, it is an advantage for you to pass the exam.