Changes to the CCIE R&S Lab

Rumors and stories have been going on and off during the last 6 month or so about an additional interview during the CCIE R&S Lab in Bejing. Quite a lot of us thought its only a joke or its only for Bejing but it looks like its not. Two people on the group-study mailinglist got an Update from Cisco stating, that at the beginning of this February every R&S Lab will include such an “interview”:

“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.”

Update 01.20.2009: Find some more information below, posted by Anthony J. Sequeira.
Update 01.14.2009: I received that information through the official Cisco Learning January News Letter now too

A Q&A to that topic can be found here

Additionally they are also going to change some stuff for the CCIE Written exams:

“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.”

Antony J. Sequeira just posted some more information within the groupstudy mailing list about the questions an how they are delivered:

“Hello GroupStudy.

We just had a student confirm through Cisco that the open-ended questions will be delivered via computer prior to the start of the traditional, configuration portion of the lab exam. For those of you that were concerned about an oral exam, it would appear you can now put those fears to rest.

Happy studying!

Anthony J. Sequeira, CCIE #15626, CCSI #23251
Senior CCIE Instructor

Internetwork Expert, Inc.
Toll Free: 877-224-8987
Outside US: 775-826-4344″

Im not going to comment that, I just thought I post that so people that dont know it yet might be prepared better on their try.

Good luck for all of you



  1. pradeesh

    i want to know whether there is any change in the ccie exam pattern to he held, pl be quick on this information as i have exam on dec 21 st 2012,
    any change means please mention the version.

    • pashtuk

      If you want to be a CCIE you should get yourself the skills to do some reasearch by yourself instead of asking people to quickly spoonfeed you with information. And anyway, 21.12 is worlds end so why bother 😉

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