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Exam Profile: CCIE Collaboration Lab v1.0

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The CCIE Collaboration Lab exam went live in February 2014, and it is the evolution of the challenging CCIE Voice Lab exam. This exam profile provides you with an overview of the lab exam format, identifies trouble spots on the lab, and offers preparation hints. Finally, you are given a list of recommended study resources and a plan for what to do next.
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The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification is commonly recognized as the industry’s most prestigious technical certification. CCIE candidates can pursue various tracks including Routing/Switching, Collaboration, Data Center, Security, Service Provider, Service Provider Operations, and Wireless. To attain a CCIE certification, a candidate must pass a written exam and then successfully complete the corresponding hands-on lab.

The CCIE Collaboration Lab is widely considered to be one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, of all the CCIE labs.

Exam Details

  • Number of Questions: The CCIE Collaboration Lab presents you with a series of tasks in different topic areas. The number of tasks varies.
  • Types of Questions: The CCIE Collaboration Lab consists of multiple hands-on tasks. Integrated into many of the tasks are troubleshooting issues you must overcome to successfully complete the task. Also, many of the tasks have interdependencies, meaning that settings you configure for one task could impact one or more other tasks.
  • Passing Score: You must score an 80 percent on the CCIE Collaboration Lab to pass. When you take the lab, each major task is labeled with how many points the task is worth. The number of points totals 100.
  • Time Limit: The exam has a time limit of 8 hours. A lunch break is included, which does not take away from the 8 hours allotted for the lab.
  • How to Register: You can register for the exam at the Cisco website at http://bit.ly/ccieregister
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