Okay, I simply do not agree with this latest development from Cisco regarding OEQ ->
Beginning April 1, 2010, Cisco will allow Cisco 360 Learning Program students who attend a Cisco CCIE® Routing and Switching or CCIE Voice workshop to request a waiver and skip the Core Knowledge Section of the CCIE lab exam. All waiver requests must be approved by the workshop instructor. No end date for the Core Knowledge Waiver has been announced, but Cisco will provide at least 60 days’ notice before discontinuing the waiver.
During a Cisco 360 Learning Program workshop, students complete a series of performance assessments that demonstrate their understanding of the CCIE material and serve the same purpose as the Core Knowledge section of the exam. Therefore, Cisco 360 Learning Program students who use the waiver will not be required to type out answers to the Core Knowledge questions and will be allowed to move immediately to the next section of the lab exam.
To qualify for the waiver, workshop students should contact their instructor 45 days in advance of their scheduled lab exam and provide the following information:
- Student’s name
- Student’s email address
- Student’s Cisco.com username
- Name, date, and location of workshop attended
- Student’s scheduled lab date and location
More information is available at Core Knowledge Waiver Questions and Answers
It smacks of trying to boost 360 pass rates whilst minimising pass rates for other vendor workbooks or self study students. There’s a great discussion of this here -> http://etherealmind.com/ccie-oeq-waivers/