After some time off study and allowing my written to expire, I am pleased to announce that my CCIE 4.0 Written has been passed again. My original plan when I started all this CCIE studying was to pass the lab before my written expired, however due to things not going exactly to plan for the last 18 months, my written expired and I really needed to get a lab date booked. I didn’t really prepare for the written I just booked the exam, which in the UK was over £200! I passed without a problem and I must say apart from a few questions the majority of them were quite straightforward. The CCIE 4.0 Written exam for me has always been a bit of a puzzle as in comparison to the Lab exam the written represents about 0.5% of the effort you put into getting your CCIE number.
The one good thing about the CCIE Written exam is that the topics do match the topics in the lab exam, so one thing this exam does give you is a good overview of the technologies you will be facing in the lab exam. Wether they are tested enough in the written is another topic, but once you have read through the CCIE 4.0 Written exam guide you will have a much greater understanding of the topics you need to master than you did before.
There is another school of thought that suggests that you should not really bother about the written and purely study for the lab exam and then when you feel ready to take the lab exam go and sit the written which will then allow you to book the lab exam. This method avoids worrying about your written exam expiring and having to go and do it again. I think when and if I pursue another track this is the method I will adopt.
For more info on this exam you can check out the CCIE 4.0 Written Blueprint here.
If you are booking the exam the code you need is 350-001
Good luck in your studies.