Preparing for the CCIE R/S Written Exam

Anthony Sequeira, author of CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Quick Reference, shares tips and advice for passing the CCIE R/S Written Exam, including 3 classic mistakes exam-takers make.

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CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Quick Reference

"What I like best about CCIE R/S Written Exam is the level of difficulty," says Anthony Sequeira, author of CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Quick Reference. "The written exam ensures students have achieved skills well beyond the CCNP level."

Words of wisdom: Be passionate in your pursuit of the CCIE. It is an incredibly difficult journey, but well worth the sacrifice!

Who should read this book? This book is an excellent resource for those students that are close to taking the CCIE R/S Written Exam.

What can readers expect to learn? Readers can use this resource to review all of the key principles and concepts needed to pass the CCIE R/S Written Exam.


Name: Anthony Sequeira

What I'm working on now: I am studying for the CCIE Security.

Favorite learning site:

Something most people don't know about me: I am a private pilot.

Philosophy: You have to love what you do. The CCIE Written is a great opportunity for a student to see if they love studying Cisco technologies enough to attempt to pass the lab exam!

Keys for success

  • Study, study, study
  • Practice as much as possible on actual Cisco equipment – even for this written exam
  • Practice test taking for a three-hour period
  • Practice time management during the exam – you can't spend too much time on any one question

Classic mistakes

  • Failure to study enough
  • Studying the wrong topics
  • Failure to practice time management in the exam
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