The new CCNP RS was just released. The last day to test with the old exams is
January 29, 2015.
What is usually seen is that people start to panic, they want to complete the
old exams before they are removed. There is no reason to panic though, you can
mix and match the old exams and the new exams. If you have taken the old
ROUTE and SWITCH, you can take the new TSHOOT and become a CCNP. If you have
the old SWITCH, you can take the new ROUTE and TSHOOT and become a CCNP.
All the valid combinations are available through a comparison tool from Cisco.
Which exams should you take? This depends on how far you are into your studies
and what your future plans are. If you plan to take the CCIE, the new ROUTE looks like
a good stepping stone to me. If you want to finish as quickly as possible, then take
the old exams. As mentioned above, if you don’t complete all three in time, you can take
one of the new ones to round off the CCNP.
Good luck to all the CCNP candidates out there!