Plea to Cisco: ‘CCIE routing and switching written exam needs to be fixed’

Tom Hollingsworth, a CCIE and author of a popular blog called “The Networking Nerd,” used that forum last week  – smack in the middle of Cisco’s annual user conference — to issue a blistering critique of the CCIE routing and switching written exam. 

“The discontent is palpable,” according to Hollingsworth. “From what I’ve heard around Las Vegas this week, it’s time to fix the CCIE Written Exam.”

That contention has received broad though not unanimous support on Twitter and comments on the post itself. As for Cisco, it tells me they’re always open to suggestions.

Hollingsworth has three main beefs: He says the test questions are poorly written, focus too much on Cisco proprietary technologies, and that the exam study guide is lacking. As a result, he says, some CCIEs are choosing alternatives to the routing and switching exam when they need to recertify.