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Online exams

Cisco exams and how to prepare

Due to system maintenance at Pearson VUE, some candidates many be temporarily unable to access their accounts starting April 5, 2021 and in the coming days. To resolve login issues during this time, you should first try the account recovery process. If that does not resolve your issue, try again later or contact customer service. If you are looking to launch a Cisco online exam, you may use the check-in link provided in your Exam Appointment confirmation email. Using this link will prevent any sign-in issues.

New and popular exams

200-301 CCNA

Pass this exam to achieve CCNA certification.

200-901 DEVASC

Pass this exam to achieve DevNet Associate certification.

200-201 CBROPS

Pass this exam to achieve CyberOps Associate certification.

300-901 DEVCOR

Pass this exam to achieve Cisco Certified DevNet Professional certification.

350-601 DCCOR

Pass this exam to achieve CCNP Data Center certification.

300-401 ENCOR

Pass this exam to achieve CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure certification.

Exam topics

Every exam covers a defined set of topics. To get ready for an exam, use these exam topics as your guide. Just study and practice topic by topic.

View the exam topics on the Cisco Learning Network for the exam you are preparing to take.

Exam preparation

Classroom training

Our authorized Learning Partners teach instructor-led classes around the world.

Go to Cisco Learning Locator

Certification Community

Make new connections and study together by joining a Certification Community. Join the Certification Community for the exam you are preparing to take.


Cisco Learning Network Store offers online, self-paced courses and exam preparation materials.

Self-study materials

Design your own study plan using our self-study materials, like our library and Cisco press books.

Exam Practice

Labs & simulators

Use labs and simulators to practice configuration and troubleshooting.

Practice exams

Take a practice exam to avoid surprises at your exam.

Cisco Learning Network Store

Buy individual e-learning courses, virtual labs, and practice exams.

How much do exams cost?

Exam Type Price in $US
DCTECH Data Center CCT exam (010-151) $125
Cisco Certified Technician exams (100-xxx) $125
Associate Level exams (200-xxx) $300
Professional Level Concentration exams (300-xxx) $300
Professional Level Core exams (350-xxx) $400
CCDE Expert Level Written exam (352-001) $450
CCDE Practical exam (352-011) $1600
Specialist Certification exams (500-xxx) $300
Sales Readiness exams (700-xxx) $80
Business Specialist Written Level 2 exams (820-xxx) $250
CCIE Lab exams $1600
CCIE Mobile Lab exams $1900

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Visit Pearson VUE for an expanded list of countries, currency, and exams.

How do I pay for an exam?

Cisco written exams

Pearson VUE administers all Cisco exams except CCIE lab exams.

Pearson VUE offers two ways to pay for an exam:

Standard global pricing for an associate exam is $300 USD, a professional core exam is $400 USD and a professional concentration exam is $300 USD. Visit Pearson VUE for an expanded list of countries, currency, and exams.

CCIE lab exams

CCIE Lab exam payment, cost and registration information is found on our CCIE Book Your Exam resource page.

Standard global pricing for a CCIE Lab is $1,600 USD.

Exam vouchers - Learning Credits

Cisco customers and learning partners can redeem their Cisco Learning Credits for certification exam vouchers.

How do I schedule an exam?

You can usually schedule an exam up to six weeks in advance and as late as the same day.

  • For exams other than CCIE lab exams, schedule your exam at Pearson VUE. Visit the Exam Registration Information page for details.
  • For CCIE Lab Exams, visit the CCIE website.
  • Candidates who fail an exam must wait a period of 5 calendar days, beginning the day after the failed attempt, before they may retest for the same exam.
  • Candidates who fail any CCIE or CCDE written exam must wait for a period of 15 calendar days, beginning the day after the failed attempt, before retaking the same exam.

What are the exams like?

Exams are proctored, timed, and delivered in a secure environment. Most exams last approximately one to two hours. Lab exams typically last eight hours. Lab exams are Pass/Fail and results are available online (using login) within 48 hours.

Pearson VUE

  • Candidates must acknowledge the Cisco Certifications and Confidentiality Agreement online at the authorized testing center prior to taking any Cisco Certification exam. Candidates who do not agree will not be able to proceed with the exam and a refund will not be provided. Signing this legal agreement is required.
  • An Exam Tutorial is available to demonstrate the various question formats.
  • Candidates will be provided with an erasable note board and marker for notes and calculations to assist them as they answer the questions.
  • At the completion of the testing session, candidates will receive a score report that includes a score breakout by exam section and the passing score for the given exam. 

What happens after I pass the exam?

  • Every written proctored exam passed equals a Specialist certification.
  • Within 24 hours of passing your certifying exam you will receive an email advising you on the next steps. You must complete the steps to trigger the fulfillment process.
  • The Cisco Certification Tracking System records exam and certification status. Keep your contact information up to date to receive notifications about your certification.
  • After you’re certified, you will be authorized to use the Cisco Certification logo that identifies your status. Before using a logo, you must read and acknowledge the Cisco Certifications Logo Agreement. You can download logos through the Certifications Tracking System.

Visit our Certification Fulfillment and Benefits page to learn more about the certification fulfillment process and the benfits you'll receive.

Do certification exams expire?

  • Yes. Exam expiration dates help us make sure that candidates complete multi-exam certifications within a given time frame.
  • Exams for associate, specialist and professional level certifications are valid for three years from the date you pass.
  • For CCIE written exam expiration information, visit the CCIE Exam Information page.

Retired exams

After we retire an exam, all its active certifications remain valid until their individual expiration dates, but the exam is no longer available for new certifications or to recertify.