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Exam Profile: Cisco CCIE Security 350-018

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This article profiles the Cisco CCIE Security exam (350-018), the written part of the requirements to achieve the CCIE certification. Pearson IT Certification provides a variety of exam preparation tools to help our customers in their quest for certification. As part of our service to you, we have developed this Exam Profile series. Each profile is developed based on the testing experience of one of our trainers or authors. You won’t get exact questions or answers, but you will get a real feel for the exam. Each profile describes question forms, trouble spots, hints for exam preparation, and recommendations for additional study resources. Find out what you can expect to see on the exam and how you can better prepare for it.
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The 350-018 exam is the written exam for the Security CCIE Lab track. In 2001, the security track was not around, so I took the Routing & Switching CCIE lab exam instead; however, I have subsequently recertified five times, taking the 350-018 exam to complete this recertification.

Once you have passed the 350-018, you can schedule your CCIE Security Lab exam in order to become a fully qualified CCIE.

The 350-018 exam is currently at version 3.0. The exam covers general networking, security appliances, management, technologies, and solutions. This is an expert level exam, so expect the questions to be rated accordingly. The level of detail can be extreme, and the scope of the questions very wide. I have heard people refer to exams as half an inch deep and a mile wide; this exam can be a mile deep and a mile wide!

Exam Details

  • Types of Questions: A mix of traditional multiple choice (requiring multiple answers) and drag-and-drop questions
  • Number of Questions: 90 to 110
  • Passing Score: 699 from a range of 300 to 1000
  • Time Limit: 120 Minutes
  • How to Register: http://www.vue.com/cisco/
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