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About the test:

The CISCO Routing Switching Online Test uses scenario-based MCQs to evaluate candidates on their understanding of network routing and switching concepts and CISCO network equipment. The test assesses candidates on their knowledge of routing protocols, such as OSPF and BGP, as well as switching technologies, such as VLANs, STP, and EtherChannel. It evaluates their familiarity with CISCO networking devices, including routers and switches, and their ability to configure and troubleshoot these devices using command-line interface (CLI) and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

Covered skills:

  • Cisco Router Configuration
  • Routing Protocols
  • WAN Technologies
  • IP Addressing and Subnetting
  • Network Management
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Cisco Switch Configuration
  • Switching Technologies
  • Network Security
  • Troubleshooting Cisco Devices
  • Virtual LANs (VLANs)

9 reasons why
9 reasons why

Adaface CISCO Routing Switching Assessment Test is the most accurate way to shortlist Network Engineers



Reason #1

Tests for on-the-job skills

The CISCO Routing Switching Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Ability to configure and troubleshoot Cisco routers and switches
  • Understanding of routing protocols and switching technologies
  • Knowledge of IP addressing and subnetting
  • Experience in network security
  • Proficiency in network management
  • Capability to troubleshoot Cisco devices
  • Familiarity with WAN technologies
  • Skilled in setting up and managing virtual LANs (VLANs)
  • Understanding of quality of service (QoS)
  • Able to design and implement network solutions with Cisco routing and switching
Reason #2

No trick questions

no trick questions

Traditional assessment tools use trick questions and puzzles for the screening, which creates a lot of frustration among candidates about having to go through irrelevant screening assessments.

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The main reason we started Adaface is that traditional pre-employment assessment platforms are not a fair way for companies to evaluate candidates. At Adaface, our mission is to help companies find great candidates by assessing on-the-job skills required for a role.

Why we started Adaface
Reason #3

Non-googleable questions

We have a very high focus on the quality of questions that test for on-the-job skills. Every question is non-googleable and we have a very high bar for the level of subject matter experts we onboard to create these questions. We have crawlers to check if any of the questions are leaked online. If/ when a question gets leaked, we get an alert. We change the question for you & let you know.

How we design questions

These are just a small sample from our library of 10,000+ questions. The actual questions on this CISCO Routing Switching Test will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

BGP Path Selection
BGP Configuration
BGP Troubleshooting
Solve
You are a senior network engineer analyzing a BGP configuration issue in a Cisco router. The router is receiving multiple routes to a particular network, 192.168.100.0/24, from different BGP peers. Your task is to ensure that the router always prefers the path through the neighbor 10.10.10.1, irrespective of other path attributes like AS path length, MED, or local preference. Currently, the BGP configuration includes several route maps and prefix lists but doesn't enforce this specific requirement.

Given this scenario, which of the following additions to the BGP configuration would ensure that the route through 10.10.10.1 is always preferred?
A: Apply a route map to neighbor 10.10.10.1 setting a lower MED value for 192.168.100.0/24.
B: Set a higher local preference for routes received from 10.10.10.1 using a route map.
C: Use a prefix list to filter all routes to 192.168.100.0/24 except those from 10.10.10.1.
D: Implement an AS path access list to prepend fake AS numbers to routes from other neighbors.
E: Modify the existing route maps to set a higher weight for routes from 10.10.10.1.
F: Adjust the BGP router ID to a lower value than that of the other BGP peers.

Medium

OSPF Inter-Area Route Filtering
OSPF Configuration
Route Summarization
Routing Control
Solve
In a large service provider network, five OSPF areas are configured: Area 0 (Backbone), Area 1, Area 2, Area 3, and Area 4. Area 1 is a normal area, Area 2 is configured as a stub area, Area 3 is a totally stubby area, and Area 4 is an NSSA (Not So Stubby Area). Each area has multiple routers and networks. Router X in Area 1 has an external route (E2) to the network 172.30.0.0/16 and is connected to Area 0. Router Y in Area 2 summarizes its internal routes to 192.168.0.0/18. Router Z in Area 3 has a default route to Area 0 and an external route to 10.20.0.0/16 redistributed as an N2 route in Area 4.

Given this configuration, which of the following statements is true when a packet is routed from a network in Area 4 to 172.30.0.0/16?
A: The packet will be dropped because NSSA does not allow external routes to be advertised into the area.
B: The packet will be routed to Router X via Area 1, as Area 4 allows the redistribution of external routes into the area as N2 LSAs.
C: The packet will traverse through Area 0 to reach Router X, which advertises the external route to 172.30.0.0/16.
D: The packet will take a default route from Area 3 to Area 0, as Area 3 is a totally stubby area and does not have specific route information for 172.30.0.0/16.
E: The packet will be routed directly to Router Y in Area 2 due to the summary route, which incorrectly captures the 172.30.0.0/16 network.
F: The packet will be routed to Router Z in Area 3, which has a specific external route to 172.30.0.0/16.

Medium

OSPF Network Analysis
OSPF Configuration
OSPF Troubleshooting
Routing Loops
Solve
As a senior network engineer, you are investigating an issue in an OSPF (Open Shortest Path First) network. The network consists of various routers configured in multiple areas, with Area 0 as the backbone. Recently, intermittent routing loops and instability have been reported. Upon reviewing the configurations and logs, you notice the following key points:

1. Area 0 is functioning normally with stable LSA (Link State Advertisement) exchanges.
2. A non-backbone area (Area 1) is showing frequent LSA refreshes and topology changes.
3. Routers in Area 1 have multiple OSPF neighbors, including an ABR (Area Border Router) connecting to Area 0.
4. The ‘show ip ospf database’ command reveals numerous LSA types 3 (Summary LSAs) and 5 (External LSAs) being frequently updated in Area 1.

Which of the following actions is most likely to resolve the routing instability and loops in Area 1?
A: Redistribute static routes into the OSPF process on the ABR, focusing on stabilizing Area 1.
B: Configure Area 1 as a stub area to reduce the number of Type 5 LSAs.
C: Implement route summarization on the ABR between Area 0 and Area 1.
D: Increase the SPF algorithm calculation timers to reduce LSA refresh frequency.
E: Convert Area 1 to a Totally Stubby Area to filter out Type 3 and Type 5 LSAs.
F: Adjust OSPF priorities on routers in Area 1 to elect a more stable DR (Designated Router).

Medium

Routing Protocols Configuration
Routing Configuration
OSPF
EIGRP
Network Design
Solve
A network engineer is configuring a new routing protocol setup for a large enterprise network. The network has multiple subnets and requires both OSPF and EIGRP protocols for different segments. The primary data center uses OSPF with an OSPF area ID of 0, while branch offices use EIGRP with an autonomous system number of 100. The network requirements are as follows:

1. OSPF must have a router ID of 10.10.10.10.
2. EIGRP needs to be optimized for low bandwidth consumption.
3. Redistribution between OSPF and EIGRP is required, with route filtering to prevent routing loops.
4. OSPF areas other than area 0 will be stub areas.

Considering these requirements, which of the following configurations is most appropriate?
A: Configure OSPF area 0 with router ID 10.10.10.10 and use default EIGRP settings.
B: Configure EIGRP with bandwidth optimization and OSPF with router ID 10.10.10.10, without route redistribution.
C: Set OSPF area 0 with router ID 10.10.10.10, configure EIGRP for bandwidth optimization, and enable mutual redistribution with proper route filtering.
D: Use OSPF with area ID 100 and EIGRP with autonomous system 0, with mutual redistribution.
E: Configure OSPF in all areas as stub and set EIGRP to use the lowest bandwidth setting.
F: Implement OSPF with router ID 10.10.10.10 and EIGRP with bandwidth optimization, but without any redistribution or filtering.

Medium

Mac address and IP on router hop
Routers
Switches
Solve
Refer to the following exhibit:
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Host A is sending a packet to Host B. 

1. What is the source and destination MAC address at point PA?
2. What is the source and destination IP address at point PB?
// Option A
PA: source MAC - Mac-A
PA: destination MAC - Mac-B
PB: source IP - 192.168.1.1
PB: destination IP - 192.168.3.1

// Option B
PA: source MAC - Mac-A
PA: destination MAC - Mac-RA
PB: source IP - 192.168.3.3
PB: destination IP - 192.168.3.1

// Option C
PA: source MAC - Mac-A
PA: destination MAC - Mac-B
PB: source IP - 192.168.3.3
PB: destination IP - 192.168.3.1

// Option D
PA: source MAC - Mac-A
PA: destination MAC - Mac-RA
PB: source IP - 192.168.1.1
PB: destination IP - 192.168.3.1

Easy

MX Record, DMARC and Email Authentication
DNS
MX Records
DMARC
SPF
DKIM
Solve
You work as a network administrator for a company, "example.com", that recently started experiencing issues with email spoofing. To mitigate the problem, you decide to implement DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) in addition to existing SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) records.

Your current DNS records for example.com include the following:

- MX 10 mail.example.com (IP address 203.0.113.10)
- TXT "v=spf1 ip4:203.0.113.10 -all"
- TXT "v=DKIM1; k=rsa; p=public-key-here"

You add the following DMARC record:

- TXT "_dmarc.example.com" "v=DMARC1; p=quarantine; pct=100; rua=mailto:report@example.com"

After implementing the DMARC record, an external mail server sends an email to your domain. The email passes the SPF and DKIM checks but fails the DMARC check.

What will likely happen to the email?
A: The email will be accepted and delivered to the recipient's inbox.
B: The email will be rejected and returned to the sender as undeliverable.
C: The email might be delivered to the recipient's spam or junk folder.
D: The email will be accepted, but a report will be sent to the sender.
E: The email will be silently discarded, and the sender will not be notified.

Medium

Remote network resources
Gateway
Routing protocols
Solve
Review the following exhibit:
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Angelina noticed that the computers on 192.168.10.0/24 network can ping their default gateway. But they found that these computers cannot connect to any remote network resources. Which of the following is the most likely reason for this?

Medium

SSL Certificate Expiry
SSL/TLS
Network Security
Solve
You are a network administrator for an e-commerce company. The company's online store allows customers to browse products and make purchases securely over the internet. The online store uses SSL/TLS for secure communication. You receive reports that some customers are seeing a security warning in their web browsers when trying to access the online store. Upon investigation, you discover the following information:

- The SSL certificate used by the online store's web server is valid for one year and is due to expire in two days.
- The web server is configured to automatically redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS.
- The SSL certificate was issued by a trusted certificate authority (CA), and all major web browsers have the CA's root certificate in their trusted certificate stores.
- The SSL certificate includes the correct domain name for the online store.

Given the above information, which of the following steps should be taken to resolve the issue and prevent customers from seeing the security warning?
A: Extend the validity of the current SSL certificate by one year.
B: Obtain a new SSL certificate from the same CA and install it on the web server before the current certificate expires.
C: Remove the automatic redirect from HTTP to HTTPS on the web server.
D: Ask customers to ignore the security warning and proceed to the online store.
E: Replace the SSL certificate with a self-signed certificate.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

BGP Path Selection
BGP Configuration
BGP Troubleshooting

2 mins

CISCO
Solve

Medium

OSPF Inter-Area Route Filtering
OSPF Configuration
Route Summarization
Routing Control

3 mins

CISCO
Solve

Medium

OSPF Network Analysis
OSPF Configuration
OSPF Troubleshooting
Routing Loops

2 mins

CISCO
Solve

Medium

Routing Protocols Configuration
Routing Configuration
OSPF
EIGRP
Network Design

2 mins

CISCO
Solve

Medium

Mac address and IP on router hop
Routers
Switches

2 mins

Computer Networks
Solve

Easy

MX Record, DMARC and Email Authentication
DNS
MX Records
DMARC
SPF
DKIM

2 mins

Computer Networks
Solve

Medium

Remote network resources
Gateway
Routing protocols

3 mins

Computer Networks
Solve

Medium

SSL Certificate Expiry
SSL/TLS
Network Security

2 mins

Computer Networks
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
BGP Path Selection
BGP Configuration
BGP Troubleshooting
CISCO
Medium2 mins
Solve
OSPF Inter-Area Route Filtering
OSPF Configuration
Route Summarization
Routing Control
CISCO
Medium3 mins
Solve
OSPF Network Analysis
OSPF Configuration
OSPF Troubleshooting
Routing Loops
CISCO
Medium2 mins
Solve
Routing Protocols Configuration
Routing Configuration
OSPF
EIGRP
Network Design
CISCO
Medium2 mins
Solve
Mac address and IP on router hop
Routers
Switches
Computer Networks
Medium2 mins
Solve
MX Record, DMARC and Email Authentication
DNS
MX Records
DMARC
SPF
DKIM
Computer Networks
Easy2 mins
Solve
Remote network resources
Gateway
Routing protocols
Computer Networks
Medium3 mins
Solve
SSL Certificate Expiry
SSL/TLS
Network Security
Computer Networks
Medium2 mins
Solve
Reason #4

1200+ customers in 75 countries

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Brandon

With Adaface, we were able to optimise our initial screening process by upwards of 75%, freeing up precious time for both hiring managers and our talent acquisition team alike!


Brandon Lee, Head of People, Love, Bonito

Reason #5

Designed for elimination, not selection

The most important thing while implementing the pre-employment CISCO Routing Switching Test in your hiring process is that it is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. In other words: you want to use the test to eliminate the candidates who do poorly on the test, not to select the candidates who come out at the top. While they are super valuable, pre-employment tests do not paint the entire picture of a candidate’s abilities, knowledge, and motivations. Multiple easy questions are more predictive of a candidate's ability than fewer hard questions. Harder questions are often "trick" based questions, which do not provide any meaningful signal about the candidate's skillset.

Science behind Adaface tests
Reason #6

1 click candidate invites

Email invites: You can send candidates an email invite to the CISCO Routing Switching Test from your dashboard by entering their email address.

Public link: You can create a public link for each test that you can share with candidates.

API or integrations: You can invite candidates directly from your ATS by using our pre-built integrations with popular ATS systems or building a custom integration with your in-house ATS.

invite candidates
Reason #7

Detailed scorecards & benchmarks

View sample scorecard
Reason #8

High completion rate

Adaface tests are conversational, low-stress, and take just 25-40 mins to complete.

This is why Adaface has the highest test-completion rate (86%), which is more than 2x better than traditional assessments.

test completion rate
Reason #9

Advanced Proctoring


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About the CISCO Routing Switching Online Test

Why you should use Pre-employment CISCO Routing Switching Test?

The CISCO Routing Switching Test makes use of scenario-based questions to test for on-the-job skills as opposed to theoretical knowledge, ensuring that candidates who do well on this screening test have the relavant skills. The questions are designed to covered following on-the-job aspects:

  • Understanding and configuring Cisco routers and switches
  • Implementing Cisco router and switch configurations
  • Configuring and troubleshooting routing protocols
  • Managing and securing Cisco routers and switches
  • Configuring and troubleshooting WAN technologies
  • Implementing VLANs for network segmentation
  • Understanding and implementing Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Troubleshooting Cisco devices
  • Managing network infrastructure with network management tools
  • Understanding IP addressing and subnetting

Once the test is sent to a candidate, the candidate receives a link in email to take the test. For each candidate, you will receive a detailed report with skills breakdown and benchmarks to shortlist the top candidates from your pool.

What topics are covered in the CISCO Routing Switching Test?

  • Cisco Router Configuration

    This skill involves the configuration and management of Cisco routers, including setting up interfaces, routing protocols, and security features. It is crucial to assess this skill to ensure that candidates can effectively configure and troubleshoot routers within a Cisco network infrastructure.

  • Cisco Switch Configuration

    This skill pertains to the configuration and management of Cisco switches, including VLANs, spanning tree protocols, and port security. Measuring this skill is important to assess a candidate's ability to configure and maintain a reliable and secure switching infrastructure.

  • Routing Protocols

    This skill covers the understanding and implementation of routing protocols, such as OSPF, EIGRP, and BGP, for efficient routing within a network. It is essential to measure this skill to evaluate a candidate's expertise in designing and troubleshooting complex routing environments.

  • Switching Technologies

    This skill encompasses the knowledge and application of switching technologies, including advanced switching features like VLANs, STP, VTP, and EtherChannel. Assessing this skill is crucial to ensure that candidates can effectively design and manage a high-performance switching infrastructure.

  • WAN Technologies

    This skill involves the understanding and configuration of wide area network (WAN) technologies, such as PPP, HDLC, Frame Relay, and VPNs. Measuring this skill is important to assess a candidate's proficiency in establishing and maintaining reliable connectivities across geographically dispersed networks.

  • Network Security

    This skill focuses on the implementation of network security measures, including access control lists (ACLs), firewalls, and VPNs, to protect network resources and data. Assessing this skill is crucial to evaluate a candidate's ability to design and maintain secure network infrastructures.

  • IP Addressing and Subnetting

    This skill involves the understanding and application of IP addressing and subnetting concepts, including subnetting IP networks to efficiently allocate IP addresses. Measuring this skill is important to assess a candidate's proficiency in designing and managing IP networks.

  • Troubleshooting Cisco Devices

    This skill covers the ability to diagnose and resolve issues with Cisco devices, including routers and switches, using troubleshooting methodologies and commands. Assessing this skill is crucial to evaluate a candidate's troubleshooting capabilities within a Cisco networking environment.

  • Network Management

    This skill pertains to the knowledge and application of network management tools and protocols, such as SNMP and Syslog, for monitoring and managing Cisco devices. Measuring this skill is important to assess a candidate's ability to effectively monitor and maintain network infrastructures.

  • Virtual LANs (VLANs)

    This skill involves the configuration and management of virtual LANs (VLANs) to logically segregate and control network traffic. Assessing this skill is crucial to evaluate a candidate's ability to design and implement VLANs in a Cisco networking environment.

  • Quality of Service (QoS)

    This skill encompasses the understanding and implementation of quality of service (QoS) mechanisms to prioritize and manage network traffic based on specific requirements. Measuring this skill is important to assess a candidate's ability to optimize network performance and prioritize critical applications and services.

  • Full list of covered topics

    The actual topics of the questions in the final test will depend on your job description and requirements. However, here's a list of topics you can expect the questions for CISCO Routing Switching Test to be based on.

    Router Configuration
    Switch Configuration
    Routing Protocols
    Switching Technologies
    WAN Technologies
    Network Security
    IP Addressing
    Subnetting
    Troubleshooting Cisco Devices
    Network Management
    Virtual LANs (VLANs)
    Quality of Service (QoS)
    Static Routing
    Dynamic Routing
    OSPF
    EIGRP
    RIP
    VLAN Configuration
    Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
    Port Security
    Access Control Lists (ACLs)
    Network Address Translation (NAT)
    Virtual Private Network (VPN)
    Internet Protocol Security (IPsec)
    Wireless LANs (WLANs)
    Network Monitoring
    SNMP
    Syslog
    Packet Tracer
    IPv4
    IPv6
    Subnetting Practice
    CIDR
    VLSM
    Configuring DHCP
    Access Control
    Troubleshooting Network Issues
    Inter-VLAN Routing
    HSRP
    VRRP
    GLBP
    Route Redistribution
    EtherChannel
    QoS Classification
    QoS Marking
    QoS Policing
    QoS Shaping
    QoS Queuing
    QoS Congestion Management
    QoS Congestion Avoidance
    Securing Network Devices
    Firewall Configuration
    Security Best Practices

What roles can I use the CISCO Routing Switching Test for?

  • Network Engineer
  • Security Engineer
  • Cisco Engineer
  • Network Architect
  • Network Security Engineer
  • IT Infrastructure Manager

How is the CISCO Routing Switching Test customized for senior candidates?

For intermediate/ experienced candidates, we customize the assessment questions to include advanced topics and increase the difficulty level of the questions. This might include adding questions on topics like

  • Designing and implementing network security measures
  • Implementing and troubleshooting switching technologies
  • Configuring Cisco routers for connectivity
  • Understanding and implementing virtual LANs (VLANs)
  • Configuring and troubleshooting network security protocols
  • Utilizing network troubleshooting tools
  • Understanding and configuring routing protocols
  • Configuring and troubleshooting network connectivity
  • Understanding and implementing WAN technologies
  • Designing and implementing network solutions
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The hiring managers felt that through the technical questions that they asked during the panel interviews, they were able to tell which candidates had better scores, and differentiated with those who did not score as well. They are highly satisfied with the quality of candidates shortlisted with the Adaface screening.


85%
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CISCO Routing Switching Hiring Test FAQs

Can I combine multiple skills into one custom assessment?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test.

Do you have any anti-cheating or proctoring features in place?

We have the following anti-cheating features in place:

  • Non-googleable questions
  • IP proctoring
  • Screen proctoring
  • Web proctoring
  • Webcam proctoring
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Secure browser
  • Copy paste protection

Read more about the proctoring features.

How do I interpret test scores?

The primary thing to keep in mind is that an assessment is an elimination tool, not a selection tool. A skills assessment is optimized to help you eliminate candidates who are not technically qualified for the role, it is not optimized to help you find the best candidate for the role. So the ideal way to use an assessment is to decide a threshold score (typically 55%, we help you benchmark) and invite all candidates who score above the threshold for the next rounds of interview.

What experience level can I use this test for?

Each Adaface assessment is customized to your job description/ ideal candidate persona (our subject matter experts will pick the right questions for your assessment from our library of 10000+ questions). This assessment can be customized for any experience level.

Does every candidate get the same questions?

Yes, it makes it much easier for you to compare candidates. Options for MCQ questions and the order of questions are randomized. We have anti-cheating/ proctoring features in place. In our enterprise plan, we also have the option to create multiple versions of the same assessment with questions of similar difficulty levels.

I'm a candidate. Can I try a practice test?

No. Unfortunately, we do not support practice tests at the moment. However, you can use our sample questions for practice.

What is the cost of using this test?

You can check out our pricing plans.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, you can sign up for free and preview this test.

I just moved to a paid plan. How can I request a custom assessment?

Here is a quick guide on how to request a custom assessment on Adaface.

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