Cisco adds new online questions module to CCIE lab exam

Effective Feb. 1, candidates for the CCIE Routing & Switching lab exam will be required to answer a series of online questions based on material covered on the lab blueprint, Cisco confirmed Friday. The questions will be taken by candidates prior to the lab and the questions will be drawn from a pool of questions based on the lab blueprint.

The move follows a pilot in China that began in August in which CCIE candidates took a 10-minute verbal interview as part of their lab exam.

The new requirement effective Sunday affects candidates worldwide, Cisco said.

Fred Weiller, director of marketing at Learning@Cisco said the pilot in China was introduced as another method to assess a candidate's skills level and to "guage if the candidate has the verbal ability to explain and answer technical questions and interface with others on problems," he said.

Some observers believed the pilot was another way to stamp out exam cheating and some raised issue with the verbal test being in English. However, English is the language used in the written and practical tests. 

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