Originally Posted by Red Squirrel
That's actually nice to hear. The memorization stuff is what is hard. It makes more sense to test on actual knowledge than a bunch of memorized lists and stuff. Does it have any hands on stuff as well? If they gave a bunch of routers and switches and said "do this" it would totally be awesome. To me that's how it SHOULD be.
It's an emulated setup, using whatever devices they are asking about. You get virtual console (ala telnet) access to each device, and a list of goals to achieve, or some troubleshooting problem. The "help" / question mark is active, but doesn't list all commands, and offers some bogus choices that look good to the unfamiliar admin.
There's often an addressing issue or problem integrated. There are usually some switching SIMs to set up STP, VLANs, access vs trunk ports, channel bonding, etc.
There are still lots of memorization (which don't have to be memorization if you know the equipment and protocols), and there's still some questions that require the "Cisco Way" of doing things.
It's a fairly challenging test. Unless you're an old hand at Cisco stuff, IMO, you'd be foolish to take it lightly.