Update to the CCIE Lab Question Format and Scoring
Effective January 4, 2010, CCIE Service Provider lab exams will begin with a brief Core Knowledge section consisting of four questions requiring a short typed response, generally no more than four or five words. Candidates have up to 30 minutes to complete the four questions and may move on to the rest of the exam if they finish early. No access to the Cisco documentation is provided during this part of the exam and candidates may not return to the Core Knowledge questions once they have moved on. Core Knowledge questions cover material from the list of exam topics and well-prepared candidates should be able to answer the questions without difficulty. All candidates must pass the Core Knowledge section in order to achieve CCIE certification.