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May 7th, 2018 in TSHOOT v2 Go to comments

TSHOOT is one of the three exams in the CCNP certification. The TSHOOT exam is a chance for you to review your knowledge about ROUTE & SWITCH exams and test your troubleshooting skill. From the comments here and other places, this article tries to summarize all the TSHOOT frequently asked questions to save you some time. Please feel free to ask anything that you are unclear about TSHOOT so that all of us can help you. I will update this article frequently to bring you the newest information about this exam.

1. How much does the TSHOOT Exam 300-135 cost? And the passing score of TSHOOT?

It now costs $300.

The passing score of TSHOOTv2 is 846/1000

2. Please tell me how many questions in the real TSHOOT exam, and how much time to answer them?

Unlike other Cisco exams, the TSHOOT exam tests your ability to troubleshoot the problem so in this exam you have to solve about 6 – 7 multiple choice questions, one small sim (called simlet) and troubleshooting 12 “tickets”. Each ticket is a problem about a specific technology used in Cisco routers or switches.

You will have 135 minutes to answer them. If your native language is not English, Cisco allows you a 30-minute exam time extension (165 minutes in total).

3. Am I allowed to study the topology used in the real exam and where can I find it ?

Yes, you are! Because the purpose of this exam is testing a candidate’s ability to troubleshoot issues, not to understand a complex topology so Cisco publicizes the topology used in the real TSHOOT exam. You can find the topologies at https://www.networktut.com/share-your-tshoot-v2-0-experience.

To save time on the exam, and to better understand the topology used in all of the trouble tickets, you should spend time familiarizing yourself with the topology used in the exam.

4. Where can I find the demo of this exam?

There is a very good demo of TSHOOT exam published by Cisco and you can find it at http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/le37/le10/tshoot_demo.html. But notice that the topology in this link is not the topology used in the real exam. This demo is also a good practical topology and we also explained about the configuration of this demo in four articles: Frame Relay Point-to-Point SubInterface GNS3 Lab, EIGRP over Frame Relay and EIGRP Redistribute Lab, VLAN Routing and HSRP IP Route Tracking.

5. During the exam, we must only identify the problem or we must also make the correct configuration?

We are only allowed to choose the solution for the problem. We are not allowed to make any changes on the routers and switches. You cannot enter global configuration mode (config)# either. You have to answer three types of questions in each ticket:

+ Question 1: Which device causes problem
+ Question 2: Which technology is used
+ Question 3: How to fix it

6. Can someone please tell me in the real exam it gives the ticket names just like in this site (for example “Ticket 1 – OSPF Authentication “) or is it going to say ticket 1 , ticket 2 only?

It only says ticket 1, ticket 2 only so you have to use your troubleshooting skill to figure out where the problem is. This is also the purpose of this exam.

7. Please give me some guideline when using the TSHOOT simulator.

Below is some guideline when using the TSHOOT simulator in the exam.

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7. Can I go back in the TSHOOT exam?

As shown in the above question, you can press “Previous Question” to go back to previous questions in the same ticket only. If you press “Done” button then you can’t come back to this ticket anymore.

Note: In TSHOOT 300-135 (TSHOOTv2), the “Abort” button no longer exists. That means you cannot cancel a ticket after choosing it. You have to complete that ticket before moving to another one.

8. Can we take TSHOOT exam before the ROUTE or SWITCH exam?

Yes, you can. There is no order to take these exams. But the TSHOOT exam tests your skills to troubleshoot router & switch errors so I highly recommend you to take the ROUTE and SWITCH exams first. The TSHOOT exam is very good to review your knowledge of what you learned in ROUTE & SWITCH.

9. Can I solve the tickets in any order I want, for example, I solve Ticket 8 first, then Ticket 3, Ticket 1…?

Yes, you can solve them in any order until you click Done button. After clicking Done you cannot go back to this ticket again. Also notice that when you entering a Ticket, you have to solve it (answer all 3 questions) before moving to another ticket.

10. As I see there are 3 topologies in the exam. My question is to how to find which topology to use when doing a troubleshooting ticket. Does it clearly state in exam which topology to use (layer 2 or layer 3, for example)?

In the exam, it doesn’t say clearly which topology you need to use. But a reader on networktut.com has shared this tip:

“There is no really best way to choose which topology to use.
This is my style:
Most of the time I was using the IPv4 topology as it contains most of the nodes with ip addresses and in the cause of your troubleshooting and you discovered that you need more details on the ASW1 & 2 switches that is when I used the Layer 2 topology except for the IPv6 topology.
Any node on IPv4 topology that is in Layer 2 topology have same configuration irrespective of where you click on the nodes.
Study all tickets here and use the following elimination style below:
List out all the trouble ticket on the white little board you will be giving and tick each ticket as you answer them because this will let you know which tickets are remaining to look out for.”

11. In the exam can I use “traceroute” or “tracert” command?

According to some reports, “tracert” commands cannot be used on Clients but “traceroute” command can be used on DSW1. But of course you can use “ping” command. According to some candidates’ reports on the exam, maybe you should not believe too much on the output of the traceroute command in the exam.

12. Please let me know in the exam can we issue “pipe” commands such as: sh run | section eigrp; sh run | begin router?

No, you cannot use “pipe” commands in the TSHOOT exam.

13. Does each ticket state it is an IPv4 or IPv6 issue?

Yes, it does! But it does not clearly state that. Please read each ticket carefully, if it states like this “loopback address on R1 (2026::111:1) is not able to ping the loopback address on DSW2 (2026::102:1)” then surely it is an IPv6 ticket. Otherwise it is an IPv4 ticket.

14. Why in each ticket I only see the same description, same wording, either ticket 1, 2 or 3. How can I see the difference or the problem of each ticket?

The descriptions of each ticket are very identical to each other. In general the very long description can be summarized “Client 1 cannot ping the 209.65.200.241” (for IPv4 ticket), that’s all! So you have to use your troubleshooting skill to find out where the issue (it is also the meaning of this exam – TSHOOT). The only obvious difference among the tickets is the statement “loopback address on R1 (2026::111:1) is not able to ping the loopback address on DSW2 (2026::102:1)”, which indicates an IPv6 ticket.

15. Why don’t I see any questions and answers on networktut.com? I only see the explanation…

Because of copyrighted issues, we had to remove all the questions and answers. You can download a PDF file to see the questions at this link: https://www.networktut.com/questions-and-answers

16. How can I join the Premium Membership on networktut.com?

You can join the Premium Membership on networktut.com at this link. After the registration you can login via this link.

If you have any questions about the TSHOOT exam, please don’t hesitate to ask. All of us will help you!

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  1. sungawd
    February 23rd, 2019

    Hi,
    cud u share latest valid dumps on sunnyunbeaten @gmail .com

  2. Anonymous
    February 28th, 2019

    Hi,
    Each modules of CCNP valid for how many years?

  3. CCNP TSHOOTER
    March 1st, 2019

    Do we get any questions related to Frame Relay in exam.

    If yes, whether it is MCQ’s or LAB or Simlets….

    Thanks

  4. zee
    March 4th, 2019

    cab u use the “show run” command

  5. faty
    March 5th, 2019

    are there only two simlets? bgp and hsrp? no other simlets?

  6. CiscoRunner
    March 8th, 2019

    Is the dumps still valid? Anyone wrote recently?

  7. Furious_Bob
    March 13th, 2019

    Before you call me stupid, remember that the entire point of a site like this is so that stupid people can get certified.

    I recently failed the TSHOOT for the 2nd time and I am full of complaints. Yes, there are at lest 3 totally invalid questions on the test – which is a lot for a 24 question test… but I will say this for sure – any person claiming to have scored “1000” based on the content at this site is a LIAR. Of the MCQ’s that were supposed to be “updated in February”, I got a total of ONE. The latest vce out there is called Cisco.PracticeTest.300-135.v2018-08-22.by.Davis.70q.vce and it’s about 100 years old for real. The topology of that VCE is totally wrong, so I had to rely on the “latest” from “VCEplus”… not only are 30% of the questions in that VCE barely intelligible gibberish, but they contain no real useful information as exam questions go.

    I am convinced that this crapfest of a site is run by Cisco with the express purpose of feeding misinformation to people trying to get certified. So while I was going to post some of the exam questions that were bullcrap to help you guys, someone will have to post a dump with legitimate questions in it – questions worth my $600. I would estimate half my tickets and the BGP sim are covered here, but NONE of the MCQs and there is at least one ticket that I am super pissed about that I can’t believe hasn’t even been mentioned here – which I can’t mention since I think it possible that Cisco put that in there in order to identify a small subset of test takers…

    Anyway, I would say only 30% of the information on this site is likely to be useful on your exam – at least in my country – and anyone stating that the information here enabled them to pass is almost certainly lying.

  8. Mad at Furious_Bob
    March 14th, 2019

    Furious_Bob,

    The point of this site is to supplement your studies with real practice questions so you don’t HAVE to donate $300 to Cisco to see what the test is like. Not so people can brain dump questions to pass the test and earn some letters next to your name when you don’t know how to troubleshoot a simple topology. Failing it twice is sad, but blaming the site for not giving you the answers to the test when you clearly did the same thing with ROUTE and SWITCH is even sadder.

    I feel bad for you that you’d rather shit out $600 than study the easy MCQs you missed.

  9. You’re Dumb
    March 16th, 2019

    @Furious_Bob, what a Sad person…

    so when you get certified and go for a job interview and they sit you down and give you a GNS3 topology and tell you to resolve it, what are you going to do??

    When in a interview they start throwing questions after questions ,much harder than whats in the exam because you are at a CCNP level, what you going to do?

    People like you should just stack shelves in shops and stop wasting your money and our time posting stupidness here.

    You sound like you’re the pride of your family…

  10. Jul23
    March 19th, 2019

    Hi all,

    I pass mi Switch exam in March 30th 2016, my ccna rs will expired in 11 days.
    Question is, If I pass Tshoot or Route before March 30th my ccna rs will recertifiy?
    I read in a post that we only have 3 years to get complete CCNP certification.

    Please give me some advice.

    I appreciate it

  11. Metalhard10
    March 21st, 2019

    @Jul23 yes any examination of the professional line certifies your CCNA!!

  12. Joe
    March 21st, 2019

    Friday is my Testday. As a tip. Try to model the problems in GNS3 and than try out all the commands to troubleshoot. Nice commands are:
    show ip ospf neig
    show ip ospf int brief
    show ip eigrp neig
    show ip eigrp inter brief
    show ipv6 ospf neig
    show ipv6 ospf int brief
    show ip int brief
    show ip bgp sum
    show ip bgp neigh

  13. Joe
    March 22nd, 2019

    Take a look at the new March2019.pdf!
    I have a seperate bgp simulation where you must correct the configuration.
    iBGP peer group has wrong neighbor ibgp AS
    ebgp peer has wrong neigbor IP
    stupit simulations! You can’t use the following commands:
    “show ip route a.b.c.d”, “show ipv6 interface” , “show ipv6 interface brief”
    and much more

  14. Jackie
    March 23rd, 2019

    Hello,

    anyone here who has recently passed Switch exam and now off to TSHOOT – I am so confused as to where to start my Tshoot exam preparations. I have passed my Switch exam last month and everyone here was so supportive. Please can you guide me .

    Thanks

  15. Moh Moh
    March 24th, 2019

    hi all, any one pass the exam recently, I need Valid dump plz.

  16. Askurdjel
    April 4th, 2019

    Hello,
    I have exam in 2 weeks. I am a bit confused about MCQ. I see here ~200 MCQ. Most of them are marked as old. I see on March update 13 questions.
    So, can all of ~200 MCQ be on exam or only the one from the March?
    Thank you

  17. FromJapan
    April 6th, 2019

    Hi,
    cud u share latest valid dumps on azusawafc @gmail .com

  18. Sakm3
    April 9th, 2019

    Please could someone kindly share the latest Tshoot dump. sakib_m3 @ hotmail.com

  19. Libu
    April 9th, 2019

    I just passed today, got 950 . Questions are still valid for today, BGP simlet, and Tickets.
    good luck sirji

  20. Jakri
    April 13th, 2019

    I am planning to do the tshoot exam in two weeks, could you please tell me where can I find the latest valid MCQ questions. is it in a premium subscription or pass leader website?

  21. quans
    April 14th, 2019

    tshoot

  22. Anonymous
    April 14th, 2019

    please send me latest valid dump and question tshoot

  23. Anonymous
    April 15th, 2019

    Félicitations LIBU
    Stp esq les questions sont les 6 mem
    Il ya D&D question
    Si possible share le dump
    Mrc

  24. anon
    April 17th, 2019

    Does anyone have the ticket questions available please?

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