I call BS. I will believe it when its on Cisco.com.
It kind of reminds me of the oral exam in front of a panel of experts that the MCA has listed as a requirement. I'm going to second the notion that I'm not buying into it until the announcement comes from Cisco, themselves.
Oh I think its a great idea. Anything that makes an exam harder makes it worth more IMO. I just see rumours like this all the time that end up being bogus.