CCIE Practical Exam Format
The 8 hours practical exam will assess candidate's skills through the entire network lifecycle of designing, deploying, operating and optimizing complex network scenarios.
The exam consists out of 2 modules that are fixed in time and will be delivered in a fixed sequence:
· Module 1: Design (3 hours)
· Module 2: Deploy, Operate and Optimize (5 hours)
Automation and Network Programmability skills, as per Exam Topics, are an integral part of both modules.
Candidates will be tested on varying technologies and solutions listed in the Exam Topics throughout both modules. While both modules independent from each other, there is a progressive storyline that will be built upon throughout the entire 8 hours lab practical exam. Candidates will not be able to navigate back-and-forward between modules.
Each module has both a minimum score and a pass score. Both minimum and pass scores are set on a per-module basis, based upon exam difficulty level.
· The pass score corresponds with expert level competence.
· The minimum score is the absolute minimum score expected from an expert level candidate.
To pass the exam, candidates need to score higher than the aggregated pass score of both modules and score higher than the minimim score set on each of the modules individually.
If candidates score less than the overall aggregated pass score of both modules OR score less than the minimum score set on 1 (or more) of the individual modules, they will fail the exam.
Upon passing the exam, candidates will not be provided any additional score details.
Candidates that fail the exam will be given a score report, indicating what module(s) they passed or failed. Additionally, candidates will be provided cumulative scoring percentages on a per domain level, across both modules.