The CCIE lab exam is an eight-hour, hands-on exam which requires you to configure and troubleshoot
a series of complex networks to given specifications. Knowledge of troubleshooting
is an important skill and candidates are expected to diagnose and solve issues as part
of the CCIE lab exam. You will not configure end-user systems, but are responsible for
all devices residing in the network (hubs, etc.). Point values and testing criteria are
provided. More detail is found on the Routing and Switching Lab Exam Blueprint and
the list of Lab Equipment and IOS Versions.
Update to the CCIE Lab Question Format
Beginning May 10, 2010, CCIE R&S lab exams in all global locations will no longer include the four, open-ended Core Knowledge questions. The total lab exam time will remain eight hours. CCIE R&S candidates will begin with the 2-hour Troubleshooting section, followed by a 6-hour Configuration section. Learn more.
Find cost information here. Price not confirmed and is subject to change until full payment is made. Please reference the CCIE Policies for more information.
The Cisco documentation CD is available in the lab room, but the exam assumes knowledge of the
more common protocols and technologies. As of March 2006, the documentation can only be navigated
using the index; the search function has been disabled. No outside reference materials are permitted
in the lab room. You must report any suspected equipment issues to the proctor during the exam;
adjustments cannot be made once the exam is over.
Lab Exam Grading
Each question on the lab has specific criterion. The labs are graded by proctors
who ensure all the criterion are met and points are awarded accordingly. The proctors
use automatic tools to gather information from the routers to perform some preliminary
evaluations, but the final determination of a correct or incorrect configuration is done
by a trained proctor.
You can review your lab exam results online (login required), usually within 48 hours.
Results are Pass/Fail and failing score reports indicate major topic areas where additional
study and preparation may be useful.
Reevaluation of Lab Results
You may request a reevaluation of results for Routing and Switching, Security and Service
Provider labs for up to 14 days following your exam date. Use the link next to your lab record
called "Request for Reread". Due to the equipment used, rereads are not available for the Voice
and Storage Networking exams. Each reread costs US$250 plus any applicable local taxes.
Payment is made online via credit card and your card will be charged upon receipt of the request.
You may not cancel the reread request once the process has been initiated and refunds are only
given when the results change from Fail to Pass.
A reread consists of a second proctor loading your configurations onto a rack to recreate
the test and rescore the entire exam. This process may take up to three weeks after receipt
of payment. Only one reread per lab attempt is permitted. The result of the reread is an
updated score report with success rates for each major section. Be aware that scores may
decrease. Exams receive a Pass mark only when the total exam score exceeds 80%. Before
requesting a reread, consider that, historically, only 0.3% of exams have been changed
from Fail to Pass.
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.
Routing and Switching Lab Locations
Routing and Switching exams are offered at the Cisco locations below. Additional information, such
as start times, directions and hotel recommendations can be found on the following links.