CCIE SP Operations Practical Exam Overview
NOTE: CCIE SP Operations Practical Exam is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2010.
Please come back at the end of the second quarter of 2010, when more information will become available.
Lab exams cost USD$1,400 per attempt, not including travel and lodging expenses. Costs may vary due to exchange rates and local taxes (VAT, GST). You are responsible for any fees your financial institution charges to complete the payment transaction. Price not confirmed and is subject to change until full payment is made. Please reference the CCIE Policies for more information.
The CCIE SP Operations Practical exam will be offered at select CCIE Lab locations. Lab location information will be posted by end of the second quarter of 2010.
Practical Exam Grading
Each Core Knowledge question is manually graded. Each question on the Troubleshooting section of the Practical exam has specific criterion, and 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. Each Scenario-based question is self-scored based on predefined scoring rules.
Practical Exam Format
This eight-hour Practical exam consists of three major components: 30-minute Core Knowledge section, three-and-a-half-hour Troubleshooting section, and a four- hour section of Scenario based question section.
Core Knowledge Section
The CCIE SP Operations Practical exam has a brief Core Knowledge section consisting of four questions requiring a short typed response, generally no more than four or five words. Candidates have up to 30 minutes to complete the four questions. No access to the Cisco documentation is provided during this part of the exam and candidates cannot return to the Core Knowledge questions once it’s finished. Core Knowledge questions cover materials from the list of exam topics and well-prepared candidates should be able to answer the questions without difficulty. All candidates must pass the Core Knowledge section in order to achieve CCIE certification.
The CCIE SP Operations Practical exam will feature a three-and-a-half-hour Troubleshooting section. Candidates will be presented with a series of Incidents for a preconfigured network that consists of IOS-based equipment as well as IOS-XR-based equipment, and will need to diagnose and resolve the network fault or faults in order to receive credit. Candidates cannot return to the Troubleshooting section once it’s finished.
The CCIE SP Operations Practical exam will feature a four-hour Scenario-based section that will assess candidate’s skills on the domains of process, network management and SP technologies through a performance, computer-based exam according to the exam blueprint. It will feature situations typically found on a service provider environment where the candidate is a senior NOC Engineer.