While studying for the CCENT exam, my reference materials have made an alarming number of references to class A/B/C networks. Thankfully they just treat Class A/B/C as shorthand for /8, /16, and /24 CIDR subnets, and don't make any mention of an implicit subnet from the first nibble. Still, it throws me off to have "Class B" pop up in a question or explanation and have to remind myself at every step that there is an implied /16 mask in there.
Is this a convention that is still widely used despite being obsoleted over two decades ago? Am I going to just have to get used to this from my senior admins? And, perhaps most importantly, does Cisco expect its certified technicians/associates/experts to accept and use classful network terminology? (Ignore the last question if it violates Cisco's exam confidentiality policy.)
Update: After switching to a more authoritative reference/study guide, it became clear that Cisco expects knowledge of actual classful networks, insofar as the official study guide dedicates several chapters to them. This makes the question less about the A/B/C terminology and more about if/why admins are expected to know about classful networks.