How to Pass CCIE | 10 Tips to clear CCIE in First Attempt

by | Oct 5, 2016 | CCIE | 6 comments

How to Pass CCIE | 10 Tips from CCIE Holders which will help you crack CCIE in First attempt.

Cisco System’s CCIE Certification is the most distinguished and difficult IT certification out there. People with CCIE Certifications are the expert networkers in their field. CCIE is on the most Prestigious IT Networking Certification. CCIE are considered as Highest paid IT Professionals. There are Seven Tracks of CCIE Certification.

  • CCIE Collaboration
  • CCIE Data Center
  • CCIE Routing & Switching
  • CCIE Security
  • CCIE Service Provider
  • CCIE Wireless
  • CCDE

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As said, it is difficult to achieve CCIE Certifications; hence we present an Ultimate Guide to help you pass your CCIE Certification in the first attempt. Though nothing can beat hard word, patience, and time management, but this guide will give you some direction and will help you clear CCIE. Below are the 10 tips to earn CCIE Certification. Please note these tips were given by CCIE Certified professionals.

1. Learn from the experienced Trainer/Teachers

It is crucial that you get trained from the people who have already done CCIE. They know the experience of giving a CCIE as they have given it themselves; they know the environment and they know what to do and what not to do. They will share their experience and all the tricks and tips to clear the examination in the first attempt. They will let you know what is important and what is not; on which topics you need to spend your most of the time on. Learn from Cisco-certified CCIE Trainers only. They have the experience which they can share. Also, they have trained and helped many enthusiasts like you to clear their CCIE Certifications.

2. Rigorous Lab Training

You must do rigorous lab training before attempting for CCIE. The lab practice is what will make you learn the concepts and understand them. At least 5 to 6 hours of lab practice every day with a proper training is essential to clear this examination. You are required to perform the least of 500 hours of regular lab training to clear CCIE Lab Examination.

If you understood the concept then implement it; if you implemented it correctly, do it again. Do it repeatedly until you do it in the minimum time possible.

3. Be Updated with Recent Information

It is important to keep yourself updated when you are preparing for CCIE Certifications. CCIE exam version changes with time with all its topics and concepts. So you must know which exam you are preparing yourself for.

For CCIE Lab Examinations, Lab equipment and software needs to be same. When you practice in your lab make sure you practice on the right equipment.

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4. Clear Concepts

Networking is one such field where you cannot possibly cram things up and sit for the examination. This is because the entire networking written examination is conceptual based. The answer that you have crammed up will be incorrect even if there is a small change in the question

Also, cramming up the answers is not easy as well. The time taken in learning the same answers is almost same as understanding the exact concepts.

5. Understanding Current Topologies

There are so many topologies in networking which can come in examination. Yes, you must know about them all. But knowing the current topology in relevant as well. Sometimes, the same topology repeats for few months or years in the examination. So it is critical for you to learn each and everything, especially about that one. This will help you clearing the examination a little easily.

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6. Strong Troubleshooting Skills

In every track of CCIE Certification, you need to clear both CCIE Written and Lab examination to earn the certification. To clear this examination one must have strong troubleshooting skills. Be it R&S or Security; Collaboration or Wireless, in every examination, a network would be given to you and you need to troubleshoot it. You should know from which source the packet started and where it will move to, you need to know how to debug the entire transmission. So be prepared for it.

7. Don’t rely on single book

Networking is a very vast field, getting the complete knowledge by one book/ person is next to impossible. For CCIEs, don’t rely on one book. There are several books available for it. You must learn as much as you can from as many books as possible. You need to learn from Cisco docs, Cisco Press books, do your own R&D (Research and Development) and much more.

You may find a link to some popular CCIE Books from here:

8. Follow CCIE Blogs

You must follow all the CCIE Blogs on the web. They will help you in keeping yourself updated with the latest news of Networking like which course has been upgraded, which topics have been removed or where can you find the another book to learn CCIE.

Few Popular CCIE Blogs are mentioned here:

9. Pre-Examination

There are some websites where you can take virtual exams before going for real one. You can attempt for those virtual examinations before appearing for Cisco. Performing simulation will help you check your Networking knowledge and the process of the exam. This way you can see how well you can perform in time test situations.

10. Typing speed

Understand which software or hardware to practice on, so that you can manage your time accordingly. For example, look forward to the web browser that you will be examining on. Practice on the same. This will help you understand how much time one question can take and you can plan the other questions accordingly.

Similarly, practice on Desktop keyboards rather than Lab keyboards. This will increase your typing speed at the time of examination.

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