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CISCO Routing Switching 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).

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Test duration:  40 mins
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Questions:
  • 10 CISCO MCQs
  • 6 Computer Networks MCQs
Covered skills:
Cisco Router Configuration
Cisco Switch Configuration
Routing Protocols
Switching Technologies
WAN Technologies
Network Security
IP Addressing and Subnetting
Troubleshooting Cisco Devices
Network Management
Virtual LANs (VLANs)
Quality of Service (QoS)
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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
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🧐 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

Test candidates on core CISCO Routing Switching Hiring Test topics

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.

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