Brian,First off, thanks for this great website and the great effort. One question about the CCIR R&S. Is grading effected by executing show or debug commands? Many cases I configure elements and I’m pretty sure that it will work, and omit the verification stage. In other words, does the proctor/script look at monitoring commands I executed, and if not, he marks me down because of simply not monitoring even though the configuration is fully functional?Kind regards,M. Khonji

The proctors don’t monitor your progress during the day for grading purposes. I.e if you configure OSPF and don’t issue the “show ip ospf neighbor” output it’s not going to make a difference as long as your configuration is functional. Now on the other hand grading itself can be based on either the configuration or the result. By this I mean that simple feature configurations, such as IP Accounting or SNMP or RMON would most likely be graded by looking at your running configuration, as there is usually only one way to accomplish a particular goal with features such as that. However more complex configurations like BGP or redistribution may be graded not based on your configurations but based on their results. I.e if you are asked to modify the BGP bestpath selection process, the easiest way to check this is to view the “show ip bgp” output and then to send traffic through the network with traceroute and see where it actually goes. Based o n this fact I would highly recommend to try to verify as much of the results of your configurations as possible in the real lab before leaving at the end of the day.Good luck in your preparation!

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Brian McGahan was one of the youngest engineers in the world to obtain the CCIE, having achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching at the age of 20 in 2002. Brian has been teaching and developing CCIE training courses for over 10 years, and has assisted thousands of engineers in obtaining their CCIE certification. When not teaching or developing new products Brian consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers in the midwest region of the United States.

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7 Responses to “How is the CCIE Lab Graded?”

  1. bitbucket says:

    Based on my own experience with the R&S lab at San Jose, I’ve seen VNC sessions of all the candidates open on the proctor’s monitor. Whether or not they are grading you as you go along through the exam may be left for interpretation.

    As my lab day was wrapping up, the proctor posted the estimated times when the exams would be graded. The oddest part about it was that he had written 2 columns with our names under them. Out of the 6 R&S candidates, 5 were in column 1 and mine in column 2. Since my name was set apart from everyone else, I was extremely worried at this point. This could either mean I passed, failed, or my answers needed more analysis.

    Judging by my end result of passing, I can only think that the proctors knew that I had achieved the 80 points, which was why I was segregated from the rest.

  2. Harsha says:

    Brian, I had a question running in my mind and wanted to get it clarified from you. Lets take In exam i did get a question worth 4 marks, there are 3 independent configuration asked. If i do 2 configuration correct and the last was a miss,how much marks will i be awarded.

  3. Andy Do says:

    How may points do you need to pass the lab exams?

  4. Andy Do says:

    Also, do I need to complete the all the tasks to get the credits? For example, OSPF configurations requires 5 tasks or steps to get 5 points. If I only completed 4 tasks, will I be graded for the 4 tasks only?


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