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June 10, 2009

So You Wanna Cheat On The CCIE Lab?

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 11:55 am
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We all hear the rumors about the companies that have somehow procured all of the copies of the various CCIE labs and will sell you access to them for just slightly less than the actual cost of the lab.  It’s nearly impossible to escape the Ad Sense served ads pointing candidates to these sites(it seems that every time I open a gmail with “CCIE” in it, Google serves up an ad for these sites).  They’re constantly tempting candidates with a quick and somewhat cheap(compared to failing the lab multiple times – or if you get a group of candidates to pitch in to cover the cost) way to pass the CCIE lab.

Of course, most candidates wouldn’t cheat.  Of those that might be tempted to do so, they’ll probably ask themselves whether sending $1000 overseas to an anonymous person for a product which you have no way to verify if it’s legitimate or not, is a good idea.  Who would you complain to if the labs were bullshit or if you didn’t receive anything?  It seems that there is a small percentage of candidates who decide to fork over the money to these companies.  A recent GroupStudy post details the experience of one such candidate:

hi, guys
Just a kind reminder, the really sucks, I have very bad experience with this jerk evil company.

This company claim that they got the real lab exam questions and diagrams, and is selling their material for thousands of dollars, after you payed money, they will ask your real name, cisco candidate ID, ccie written test score and taken date, all these infor are used to watermark all the materals they are giving you to prevent you from leaking these materials to anybody else, and used to threaten you in the future, to bond you with them forever, if you don’t want give them these info, they won’t give you the material even you paid them, which make you feel very bad, after you sent them the info, they know that your infomation and they can access your cisco profile with this info anytime if they want

Finally, you got the material, you’ll found that the wording of the questions is very bad, you can’t understand what the question really about, confuse you a lot, and this company don’t have technical support about the material, later, you will find their resolutions to the questions have too many errors and mistakes, if you use this anwers to go for exam, you will fail for sure, the resolution to the question really sucks.

>From the website, they have the news about the new updates about the test, but when you ask for the updates, you have to send them your real name, cisco candidate ID, written test date and score again, if you put anything wrong in this info, they will refuse to give the updates. even though you give them the right info, you have to ask them 2 or more times to get it

After you failed, your account may expired, coz what you purchase is only 3 or 4 month account on their website, then you will lose the access to the materials ( it is web connection based access to the material, if no internet, you have no access, you can’t save it, and all water marked with your inportant info), if you renew it, you have to pay almost the same money.

At last you will find that you spent the money, you can’t pass the ccie in a short time as you expected, you may fail 3 or more times, finally found out that you waste money too.

Due to my personal life, I can’t pusue this CCIE anymore recently, I have to wait for 3 years, I really hate myself now and this, I created this new id here to tell you guys the story, coz the cciecert evil guys sneaks aroung here and solicite candidates in dark here, my advise is: don’t trust them, they are just liers.

Obviously, the poster received little sympathy on GroupStudy(or here).

So not only do you need to send a large sum of money to an anonymous person, but then after you have paid you will need to give them your real name and Cisco ID, as well as your written test score and the date you passed the written exam.  The company now has you by the balls.  Even if you pass the lab – with or without their labs – they have a very easy way to identify you to Cisco so that Cisco can revoke your digits.  The more conspiracy-minded might even consider that this could be a honey-pot for Cisco.  🙂

Even if these companies have copies of the actual labs and you’re willing to shell out to cheat, do you really want a company to have your unique Cisco identification information on file?  Your poor decision today could end up costing you much, much more in the future.



  1. what a dumb @$$!

    Comment by CCIETalk — June 10, 2009 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  2. You can never just let the pot simmer can you 😛 ?

    Comment by cciejourney — June 10, 2009 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

  3. It’s a pity people resort to such means. What does cheating get you in the end? Nothing but more trouble! I for once prefer to go the hard way and to enjoy the long term benefits later rather than enjoy a short sweet success (by cheating) only to have trouble later.

    Comment by Nickelby Thane — June 11, 2009 @ 4:04 am | Reply

  4. never end stroy
    important thing is if you need to pass the labs exam easily go there but if you want to be real ccie, study hard for long times
    but i did not heard someone have trouble after pass the labs exam with cciecert stuff

    Comment by CCIEking — June 11, 2009 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  5. What’s the point on getting a CCIE other than learning great stuff?. I know it is a big plus for a resume, but guess that holding it is not enough reason to skip tech interviews, is it?…. So really don’t get why somebody will waste his/her time/money on memorizing some labs without really understanding what it is all about…Hmmmmm…. USD1000!!!, that’s even more money than what I expect to pay for all the material I’ll be using during my journey….

    Comment by Nicolas — June 11, 2009 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  6. Not sure why, but something in this story makes it seem like it’s somewhat fictional. All the person has to do to get their money back is file a claim to their credit card company. It’s not like they are going to tattle to Cisco about it. Obviously you’d do this before giving out your Cisco info.

    You’d also think that the company would want to make the process somewhat easy so the customers are likely to spread the news about their good experience.

    Comment by jrensink78 — June 11, 2009 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

  7. There are people with CCIE’s and there are people who are CCIE’s.

    This is the difference with these clowns who try to cheat the lab. This difference will show in any interview they go to, it will show when after getting the CCIE their boss goes up to you with a big ass project for them, and them alone, to work on and complete, since they are now a CCIE guru in the team.

    All it does it put us real CCIEs down and bring the value down like it has for CCxP Certs.


    Comment by mpls-te — June 14, 2009 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  8. Amen to MPLS-TE;

    I am pursuing a CCIE to learn Cisco R&S cold! I want to be that guru that everybody looks up to. If the CCIE didn’t exist, I would still be studying R&S, but I’m glad it does because it gives me structure to my studies and a benchmark to measure my knowledge against.

    So I have no sympathy for that pathetic exuse of human being…

    I am also glad they added the questions and are adding troubleshooting. I do hope they change up the troubleshooting enough to make it undumpable as that, my friends, is what seperates the real gurus from the paper ones

    Comment by DasTim — July 24, 2009 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

  9. I need to ask a quetion.if you were to buy the labs from them, Would you pass your cisco id ?

    Comment by ciscofan90 — September 25, 2009 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

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