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Exam Profile: CCIE Security v3.0 Lab Exam

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This article profiles the Cisco CCIE Security v3.0 Lab Exam. 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 Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification is recognized industry-wide as a collection of expert level technical exams that maintain a high level of integrity, relevance and difficulty level. CCIE candidates can be assured that passing the exam puts them in select company in terms of subject matter competency and career path success. A number of tracks may be pursued, including Route/Switch, Voice, Security, Wireless, Storage Networking and Service Provider. Each track comprises a written exam and an intense hands-on lab exam. Attaining a CCIE certification requires a significant investment in time, effort and money so it is imperative that candidates are well prepared. This preparation includes understanding what comprises an exam in terms of logistics and technical content so the candidate may formulate a clear, effective study plan.

The CCIE Security Lab requires the candidate to use their configuration and technology knowledge plus troubleshooting skills in a predetermined network topology that comprises security appliances and security capable devices like routers and switches. There are several revisions of the exam that vary in content, but all content is based on the current version of the CCIE Security Lab Exam Blueprint v3.0 available to registered users.

Exam Details

  • Number of Questions: approximately 25
  • Type(s) of questions: The security track has more recently been a combination of the lab exam tasks and a series of Open Ended Questions (OEQs). The exam is now moving to hands-on lab tasks only with an increase in the troubleshooting component. This puts the security exam in line with several of the other CCIE tracks in terms of a configuration/troubleshooting balance.*
  • Passing Score: 80%
  • Each question is labeled with the number of points it is worth. The candidate must complete the entire question and the tasks outlined correctly, no partial points are awarded. The total number of points on an exam is 100.

  • Time Limit: 8 hours (a lunch break may be taken)
  • How to register: Cisco
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