How To Prepare For AWS certification – AWS Solutions Architect Associate Level

Exam Overview

  1. 55 multiple choice questions
  2. 80 minutes
  3. 65 is the pass percentage.
  4. Multiple choice questions.

I passed AWS certification for Solutions Architect – associate level with 87% marks. I completed the exam in 40 minutes. Questions were quite easy, but the options were tricky. So, I will explain the steps I followed to get this certification.

Hands-On Experience

Hand on experience is a must for this certification. Most of the questions asked in the exam are scenario based. It will be really tough to pick the right answer unless you have hands-on experience with the core services. I signed up for an Udemy course for AWS certification. It helped me a lot. I was able to have good hands-on sessions and got the good conceptual ideas about the AWS services.

If you are a newbie and you don’t have any hands-on experience I would suggest you, to sign up for the Udemy AWS certification courses. Even though I had hands-on experience with AWS services, Udemy course gave me an in-depth knowledge of the core services.

Note: Take notes while watching the video course.

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Whitepapers:

You should read all the white papers recommended by AWS. It is really hard to read the whole AWS documentation while the whitepapers give you an overall conceptual idea about the services. In fact, there were few questions from the whitepapers. Read about the recommended whitepapers and sample questions here

Re-invent Videos:

Watch the amazon-reinvent videos for the core services like VPC, RDS, EC2, and S3 from youtube. You will gain good knowledge about AWS services if you watch those videos.

Link: Reinvent VPC video

Reading FAQ’s:

Every service has an FAQ section in its documentation. Read those FAQ’s. It won’t take much time, but it has answers for lots of confusing questions. If you read the FAQ’s you will be able to answer nearly 4 to 5 questions. You can eliminate the billing section.

Documentation:

AWS has a really really good documentation for all their services. You can refer this documentation to get started with the implementations.

Use cases:

Try to learn about the use cases of every service like SWF, SQS, SNS, SES etc..

Architectures:

Go through all the reference architectures provided by AWS on this page. Understand clearly about, under what scenarios, particular services  like ec2, SQS, and elastic cache are used.

You might have read those blog posts saying, VPC is the part where you get most of the questions, That is not true. Questions will be there from almost all core services. In VPC, you should learn about NAT, public, private subnets, NACL’s, security groups and route tables.

Important services to cover:
EC2, VPC, RDS, S3, Route53, CloudFront, Cloudwatch, ELB, autoscaling, SWF, SQS, dynamoDB.

Practice Questions

Once you are familiar with the important services, you can search for apps in play store and app store for practice questions. There are few apps available for practicing AWS certification questions.

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