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CCIE Assessor vs. NMC CHECKiT vs. IE Mock Lab?

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“Am I really ready for the lab?” That’s the question we’re all asking ourselves. It’s a lot of money plus travel time to sit the lab. So, we want to know that we’ve got a reasonable shot of passing, right?

There’s a few tools I’m hoping to get some feedback on. Cisco offers their “CCIE Assessor”, where you pay $279 to hack-a-rack for 4 hours, then someone (presumably a proctor) beats you with a bat. offers their CHECKiT for $250. NMC give you a full scenario over 8 hours before beating you with the bat. will charge you $249 for a beating with their IE Mock Lab product. And in all seriousness, that beating is what I’m looking for, since I want to know what’s good, bad, and downright pathetic.

Anyone who’s worked with the Cisco CCIE Assessor, NMC CHECKiT, or IE Mock Labs care to comment on the pros and cons of each? E-mail me at I’ll post everyone’s comments for the CCIE candidate community to read.

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