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CCIE R&S Exam v4.0 Changes

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Looks like there are some changes with the Lab exam (and written).


NEW: Troubleshooting

Beginning October 18, 2009, the CCIE R&S lab exam will feature a two-hour troubleshooting section. Candidates will be presented with a series of trouble tickets for preconfigured networks and need to diagnose and resolve the network fault or faults. As with the configuration section, the network must be up and running for a candidate to receive credit. Candidates who finish the troubleshooting section early may proceed on to the configuration section, but they will not be allowed to go back to troubleshooting since their equipment will need to be reinitialized for the configuration portion.

As far as the exam topics go, it seems there are some additions ::


– Performance routing (pfr)
– Optimization (Netflow, EEM)

I think this is all good stuff personally. MPLS VPNs are not really that hard. I have done some articles with config examples on this site for MPLS VPNs. They are quite fun.

The troubleshooting addition is going to be interesting it seems.

Performance routing (pfr) configurations can get really nasty and complex, but other than that not too much to worry about.

Upcoming CCIE R&S changes

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Per Cisco Learning ::

Effective February 1, 2009, Cisco will introduce a new type of question format to CCIE Routing and Switching lab exams. In addition to the live configuration scenarios, candidates will be asked a series of four or five open-ended questions, drawn from a pool of questions based on the material covered on the lab blueprint. No new topics are being added. The exams are not been increased in difficulty and the well-prepared candidate should have no trouble answering the questions. The length of the exam will remain eight hours. Candidates will need to achieve a passing score on both the open-ended questions and the lab portion in order to pass the lab and become certified. Other CCIE tracks will change over the next year, with exact dates announced in advance.

Effective February 17th, 2009, candidates will also see two other changes in CCIE written exams. First, candidates will now be required to answer each question before moving on to the next question; candidates will no longer be allowed to skip a question and come back to it at a later time. Second, there will be an update to the score report. The overall exam score and the exam passing score will now be reported as a scaled score, on a scale from 300-1000. This change will not affect the difficulty of the current set of exams and will assure CCIE written exams will be consistent with Cisco’s other career certification exams.

I personally wouldn’t be worried. If you can pass the lab, any open ended question shouldn’t be that hard.. I’m curious as to why they decided to add it.

CCIE Wireless

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Looks like the new CCIE Wireless is now available…

DOC CD going away

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Per Cisco’s CCIE web site ::

CCIE labs changing from UniversCD to Cisco Documentation
On Sept 24 2008 CCIE labs will no longer support using the UniversCD documentation for the lab exam.

All labs are migrating to Cisco Documentation only. For those scheduled to take the CCIE lab prior to Sept 24 access will still be available for UniversCD.

The Cisco Documentation pages have the same information that currently resides on UniversCD, please refer to the links on the CCIE web pages to view these pages and become familiar with the new format.

After Sept 24 2008 only the Cisco Documentation web pages will be available for CCIE labs.

Oh well, not very surprising I guess.

What worked for me…

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

I have to really give props to IPExpert, their training materials are great. I will come out and say I have never tried any other labs besides theirs. My opinion is bias, but why shop around when you know what works.

I studied the hands-on lab part for about 6-7 months. I started around February of this year. I bought their Lab workbook and proctor guide. I did every lab at least once and read over all labs as part of my preparation.

Breakdown ::
Volume 1 labs – 20 or so smaller technology based
Volume 2 labs – 15 8 hour labs
Volume 3 labs – 10 8 hour labs with walkthrough

I didn’t have time to go over the Video bootcamp before my lab, nor did I finish the Audio bootcamp. I think the audio bootcamp is great to listen to on the way to work. Use it to fill in your gaps of time, the more exposure, the better.

-Do the labs
-Understand the labs
-Get your butt kicked by the labs