CCIE is expert-level certifications that further your career with more challenging exams testing an advanced level of hands-on knowledge and skills. In order to schedule the CCIE® laboratory exam, you must first pass a written exam, which consists of between 90 and 110 questions.
The main changes in the new version of the exam are:
a. MPLS/VPN, EIGRPv6 content is included and emphasis is given to troubleshooting.
b. The inclusion of a two-hour section dedicated to troubleshooting.
Lab Exam Format (three parts)
1. Open Ended Questions (30 minutes)
Section also known as Core Knowledge in which four conceptual questions will be asked about any topic included in the CCIE EI lab exam blueprint. At least three of these must be answered correctly in order to pass.
The questions may include command outputs and/or topologies for interpretation, but will NOT ask about specific RFC numbers, port numbers of a particular application, multicast addresses or protocol timers.
Two or three words are usually sufficient to answer the questions and the Proctor's help may be required if you are in doubt about the meaning of the question (i.e. grammar and not the technology).
2. Troubleshooting (2 hours)
The candidate will be presented with a series of questions or trouble tickets for a pre-configured scenario or topology (between 10 and 15 tickets). Based on the information provided (routing diagrams, IP addressing diagrams, etc.) the problems must be determined and solved.
This section is completely independent from the configuration section, so it is presented in a different scenario or topology.
An example Trouble Ticket will soon be presented for reference, which I will add to this post as soon as it is released.
3. Configuration (5 hours and 30 minutes)
Unlike version 3.0 which had between 36 to 40 questions, v4.0 will include between 25 and 30.
The candidate will be evaluated upon completion of the three sections, i.e. if he/she fails the Open Ended questions (Core Knowledge), he/she will still pass the other two sections.
To pass, at least 80% is required in each of the sections, however within a section it is not necessarily necessary to get 80% in each item, for example if in the configuration section you get 100% in the switching questions, 50% in the IGP questions and 90% in the rest, the average will be 80%, therefore the whole section will be passed.
No partial points are awarded. In other words, each question is an all-or-nothing choice. If a question for example requires announcing all the subnets of a network and one of these is forgotten, no points will be awarded. On the other hand, no penalty will be given for extra configuration that does not contradict specific restrictions of the question (e.g. configuring bgp confederation peers on all routers even if they do not connect to other sub-AS's).
The minimum number of equipment to build a good practice model is 5 routers and 4 switches. In the exam you will have a mix of Cisco 1841 and Cisco 3825 ISRs (each with 2 LAN modules and 2 serial modules) and Cisco 3560 switches. The recommended IOSs are the latest 12.4(T) available (Advanced Enterprise Services) for the routers and the latest 12.2 for the switches (Advanced IP Services).
During the exam you will have access to online documentation at Product Support. The exam is delivered on paper and the emulator terminal used is SecureCRT. The keyboard used is Logitech qwerty keyboard layout in English language. During the Core Knowledge section you will only have access to Notepad, i.e. you will not be able to use the calculator. Ear-muffs may be worn. For cases like this we suggest contacting the Customer support team prior to taking the exam.