ROUTE or SWITCH - which was more challenging?

Cat5Cat5 Posts: 279Registered Members
For those of you who have already passed both ROUTE and SWITCH, which did you find to be more difficult to pass? I know it's all subjective, but I'd still like to ask.


  • williebwillieb Posts: 100Registered Members ■■□□□□□□□□
    I found them equally challenging and actually made the same score on each, not that score matters but just for comparison.
    [X] CCENT ICND1 100-105
    [X] CCNA ICND2 200-105
    [X] CCNP Route 300-101
    [X] CCNP Switch 300-115
    [ ] CCNP Tshoot 300-135
  • albinorhino187albinorhino187 Posts: 110Registered Members
    I had less experience with ROUTE, but I actually scored better. They're both challenging, though. Most folks go for switch first, then route, and then tshoot while the route material is fresh. That order worked for me. In the end, the order doesn't matter as much as just picking one and starting the journey. You can spend weeks "preparing" to study, trust me I did the same, and I'm sort of doing it again with the CCIE. At some point you just need to press play on those videos or open that book cover and get started.
    CCIE RS - Written (Goal: June 2019) [ ] Lab [ ]
  • JustanotherITguyJustanotherITguy Posts: 11Registered Members ■□□□□□□□□□
    Route is prob more challenging for most inexperienced networkers because it covers a lot of topics.
  • shortstop20shortstop20 Posts: 161Registered Members ■■■□□□□□□□
    At first, I would have swore Route was going to be harder, no question. After passing both of them, I think Switch may have been harder actually, even though I had more experience with L2 than L3.

    There's just so much minutia about things on Switch, less so on Route IMO. I scored better on Route and walked away thinking "This test was more fair and easier than Switch".

    Just my .02
    CCNA Security - 6/11/2018
    CCNP TShoot - 3/7/2018
    CCNP Route - 1/31/2018
    CCNP Switch - 12/10/2015
    CCNA R/S - 1/14/2015
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