I am going to let everyone toss their arms up in the air for a little while over this before they realize it isn’t a big deal. The only issue I have is that 360 students will get extra time for the lab. That’s if it really does take you thirty minutes to answer them to begin with…

Are the open ended questions worth the cost of both 360 sessions at $3995 a piece to skip them? To me the answer is no. I should be able to pass them anyways as I did on my first attempt. Now the big question is will the OEQs be coming off soon and is this a quick grab for the 360 program before they do?

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.