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CCIE: Open Ended Questions are gone …

… at least for R&S (Routing & Switching) and Voice.

According to my friends at INE by May 10th you don’t have to answer any OEQ anymore! Great!


  • 4 Questions will not assess what you really know
  • Cisco 360° candidates had not to pass OEQ – this was unfair
  • It was just not usable

The 30 minutes will be reallocated to the configuration section.

It might, that previous attempts that failed OEQ section solely will be re-graded.

What comes next? No OEQ for SP and security? Troubleshooting for SP?

Let’s be surprised.

I’m still waiting for the offical annoucement on cisco.com … 😉


Now official on the cisco learning network:

With more than six months of exam results now available, 
Cisco is able to report that the troubleshooting components 
of the CCIE R&S v4.0 and CCIE Voice v3.0 lab exams are 
performing well in validating expert level networking skills.  
Considering these results, Cisco has decided to eliminate 
the Core Knowledge questions from the current CCIE R&S v4.0 
and CCIE Voice v3.0 Lab Exams.  
Beginning on May 10, 2010, CCIE R&S and CCIE Voice Lab Exams, 
in all global locations, will no longer include the four 
open-ended Core Knowledge questions.  The total lab time will 
remain eight hours.  For the CCIE R&S Lab Exam, this means 
candidates will begin with the two-hour Troubleshooting section, 
followed by a six-hour Configuration section.  
For CCIE Voice, candidates will have the full eight hours to 
complete the integrated exam.  At this time, only the R&S and 
Voice tracks will be eliminating the Core Knowledge questions.
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