Currently, in 2022, the CCDE exam version is version 3. There are many new changes in CCDE v3 compared to CCDE v2 and in this blog post, some are the new changes will be explained, also for the things that stay the same will be highlighted as well. Also, I will share my takes in the post about these changes.
Before starting the technical changes, let's start with the exam result announcement change. CCDE v2 exam has been announced in 8-12 weeks. This was effectively allowing CCDE exam candidates to schedule the exam two times maximum in a year. Students wouldn't schedule the exam if they fail because the announcement date and new exam date were usually overlapping. This changed anymore. With CCDE v3, exam results are announced in 48 hours. It is almost like CCIE exams.
Each scenario will be limited to 2 hours maximum and even if you finish one of the scenarios faster than 2 hours, the remaining time won't be added to the next scenario. 3 scenarios will be named Core Module and 1 scenario will be the Area Of Expertise scenario. The core module covers technologies all candidates must know It comes with the Enterprise technologies (no Data Center/Service Provider) • Core module is vendor-agnostic The area of Expertise module covers specific technology areas: • More detailed knowledge expected • Cisco-specific technologies may appear in the Area of Expertise module
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