Brad Reese recently posted about the CCIE reread. A reread is an option that candidates who fail the CCIE Routing and Switching lab may request. Your final configurations are loaded on a pod and a different proctor grades your lab. A reread costs $250 and can take weeks to complete. Very few candidates actually pass the exam on a reread. Brad points out this scary statistic:
Before requesting a reread, consider that historically only 0.3%of CCIE Lab Exam rereads have been changed from Fail to Pass.
Those are not very good odds. Still, if you are within a few points of passing the lab it would be very hard not to request a reread. For instance, if you failed with a score of 77 points you might only be one or two tasks away from passing. $250 is only about 17% of the cost of another lab attempt (even less when you factor in travel and expenses). So is a reread a good option if you are that close to passing?
Maybe not. I’m completely talking out my ass here, but I have to think that if a proctor grades a lab and the final score is within a task or two of passing, they are probably going to double check their results. In that case, if you score a 77, it is probably a solid 77. Again, I am completely speculating on this point.
That said, if I were to fail the lab with a score 77 or higher, then I would still spend the $250 – even with the .3% chance of reversal. The worst part would not be spending the $250. It would be the agonizing waiting period.