Starting April 15th, you can now take your Cisco certification written exams online.

As test centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cisco has now made remote testing available. Candidates no longer need to wait for the test centers to reopen.

The online exams, proctored by Pearson VUE, allow candidates to continue moving forward with their certification goals. However, there are specific environmental and system requirements for those wishing to take their exam online. Candidates must also agree to follow admission and security policies. As a result, online testing may not be feasible for everyone. Fret not. Taking a live, in-person exam will still be an options when the testing centers reopen.

Online Testing Requirements

For a successful, remote testing experience, qualified candidates must have the following:

  • Access to a quiet, private location
  • Reliable device with a webcam
  • Strong Internet connection
  • OnVUE software
  • Government-issue identification

Before registering for your exam, you must perform and pass a system check in order to participate.

Online Testing Expectations

There are rules that must be adhered to during the examination.

No one else is allowed to be in the room with you while you take your exam. In fact, if another person enters the room while you are in the middle of the test, your exam will be terminated. Assistance of any kind is prohibited.

You will be continuously monitored throughout the exam by a proctor, via audio and video. If you are uncomfortable being recorded, either by video or audio, then an online exam is not for you.

  • Your exam will be immediately terminated for any of the following reasons:
  • You do not follow the online proctored policies
  • You are suspected of cheating
  • You are suspected of tampering with Pearson VUE's software
  • A third party is detected in your room

How to Setup for an Online Exam

The process for scheduling your exam remains the same, though you now have the option of selecting "home or office" for your location. After scheduling your exam, you will receive a confirmation email with everything you need to know for exam day.

You are allowed to check in for your exam 30 minutes before the start time. Being late is not an option. You must be ready and on time. Please be aware of the current high-demand for remote exams. Wait times can be long (about 30 minutes) but do not abandon your scheduled exam. A proctor will launch the exam. Cisco has asked for patience.

During check-in you will be asked to take pictures of the room in which you're taking the exam. You will also need to present an up-to-date government-issued ID.

There are no breaks during the exam. Use the bathroom ahead of time.

Available Online Exams

All written, proctored certification exams can now be taken online, with the following exceptions:

  • 100-110 ENU CCENT (Invitation Only)
  • 352-011 ENU Cisco Certified Design Expert Practical Exam
  • 352-001 ENU Cisco Certified Design Expert Qualification Exam

The cost of the exams remains the same. At this time, the exams are only proctored in English.

Jump Right In

Opportunity is here! With the new remote exams, you don't need to wait or wonder. If taking your certification exam online is right for you and you're feeling well prepared from expert studying and training, go for it!


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