The CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam 350001

The CCIE Routing and Switching written exam, at least as of the time of publication, consists of a 2-hour exam administered at a proctored exam facility affiliated either with Pearson VUE ( or Thomson Prometric ( The exam typically includes approximately 100 multiple-choice questions, with no simulation questions currently on the written exam. Because the written exam is typically followed at some point by an attempt at passing the lab exam, Cisco has little motivation to add simulator questions to any of the CCIE written exams.

As with most exams of any kind, everyone wants to know what is on the exam. Cisco provides general guidance as to topics on the exam in the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam blueprint, the most recent copy of which can be accessed at

Cisco changes both the written and lab blueprints over time, and with CCIE, Cisco seldom, if ever, changes the exam number. (Cisco changes the exam numbers of the associate- and professionallevel certifications when it makes major changes to what is covered on those exams.) Knowing that the content will change over time, this book includes Appendix B, "CCIE Exam Updates." This appendix will include coverage of any newly added topics to the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam. When Cisco changes the blueprint, the authors will add content to cover the new topics at, with that content also being available to all readers who have bought the earlier edition of the book. For future printings, Cisco Press will put that new content into Appendix B.

The CCIE Routing and Switching written exam blueprint, as of the time of publication, is as follows:

I. General Networking Theory

A. OSI Models

B. General Routing Concepts

C. Standards

D. Protocol Mechanics

E. Commands

II. Bridging and LAN Switching

A. Transparent

B. LAN Switching

D. Data Link Layer

E. Ethernet

F. Catalyst IOS Configuration Commands

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