Preparing for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Certification Exam
As of late, I passed my Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect-partner test. While the data was new to me, I needed to assemble a post on my experience to help any other person considering going for a comparable certificate.
I’m a specialized help engineer at New Relic, and in my past work I was a DevOps engineer. I have a decent arrangement of involvement in Amazon EC2 and Elastic Load Balancing. I’ve utilized facilitated static sites utilizing Amazon S3 and Amazon Route53. As of late I became intrigued by AWS Lambda and the Amazon API Gateway, and I’ve constructed a couple of pet undertakings utilizing serverless capacities.
Considering that, here are a few hints for anybody searching for guidance about planning for and taking an AWS affirmation test.
Book the test, yet give yourself sufficient opportunity
Whenever I initially set off to get an AWS certificate, I had a couple of bogus beginnings. I’d be great for about seven days, placing in a little while of concentrate consistently, however at that point I’d permit something to interfere with my everyday practice. At long last, I concluded I expected to set myself a hard cutoff time, so I really reserved the test. This very caused me to get my a&@ in gear. I was a piece focused in the days paving the way to the test, yet had I not put the strain of a cutoff time on myself, who can say for sure the number of all the more bogus beginnings I would have had.
Track down a review pal
Getting AWS affirmed is especially supported by our administration. I have a lot of associates who have gotten affirmed and I picked their minds steadily. A couple of different associates were likewise getting ready for confirmation, so we banded together up to concentrate every so often, which gave me significantly more inspiration. Likewise we observed that a little sound and jaunty intensity pushed us to give our all.
Get familiar with the hypothesis and do the labs
AWS gives a lot of affirmation prep and preparing potential open doors. I observed it enticing to muscle through all the hypothesis material and return to the labs later, yet it was more viable to do the labs following learning the relative hypothesis. While the tests have no labs, utilizing the labs to get firsthand experience applying the hypothesis further developed my psychological model and made it simpler to review the material.
Try not to hope to see similar inquiries you examined in the real test
During my test prep, I addressed many example questions. And keeping in mind that the subjects and required information were comparable, not even once did I see a training question on the genuine test. In this regard, I don’t know learning methodically rehearsing similar inquiries again and again will truly help an applicant. All things considered, the example questions were fundamental to my review since when I misunderstood one, I returned to the prep material to comprehend the reason why I wasn’t right, and hence worked on my insight.
Try not to hit submit until you’re certain
While really taking the test, when you click Submit on an inquiry, the response hurdles off to the server and you can’t transform it. You can skip around through questions and, as long as you don’t submit them, return to answer them when you’re prepared. Assuming you select a possibility for an inquiry, however, you can’t jump to one more inquiry until you’ve cleared that choice.
Skip around assuming that you want to
I did an initial finish through the test and submitted questions where I made certain of the response. Then, at that point, I did one more couple of passes to check whether any responses ended up being unmistakable, which some did! Returning to more troublesome inquiries after I’d responded to some I made certain about gave me considerably more certainty it’s a procedure I’d suggest. In the end I had three or four inquiries left that I just bet on, presenting my most realistic estimation.
Contemplate the choices
Have a few persistence and be certain you’re perusing the inquiry AND choices intently. The configuration for the Solutions Architect-partner test is numerous decision, and I experienced a few interesting inquiries in which the response choices were all practically the same. In such cases, I read the inquiry intently, got on catchphrases, and attempted to wipe out the choices I felt likely weren’t the response.
What occurs after you finish the test?
I had around 10 minutes to save once I put the last addresses the test, so I essentially utilized the full 80 minutes. You’ll find out right away on the off chance that you passed or not. (Finishing scores might differ from one test to another.) AWS will likewise send you an email that subtleties how you did in the different region of the test.
Helpful AWS test prep assets
Here are a portion of the assets I utilized in my prep:
AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide: Associate Exam
I read this book front to back, and dealt with the inquiries toward the finish of every section. The book accompanies online tests and practice tests that were exceptionally helpful. It is a book however, so it can rapidly drop obsolete. I’d be mindful so as to pick the most recent release.
Alongside covering everything AWS-from security to capacity to application benefits this course gotten regarding certain matters the book needed, similar to the API Gateway, AWS Lambda, VPC Flow Logs, and application load balancers. I took the last, most important test of this course a couple of times. The Linux Academy offers a few extremely valuable recordings too.
This course given a lot of full-length mock tests and practice tests. I did each of the eight of its tests, enjoying some time off part of the way through to look into my powerless regions before I finished the last four.
A Cloud Guru
This was another great, extensive visit through AWS, with a few recordings going from 5–20 minutes long. I finished the tasks’ last practice test, which, I think, was more enthusiastically than the genuine AWS test.
Presently it’s your move
In the event that you’re preparing to take an AWS affirmation test, or simply need to look into what the tests cover, including expenses and arrangements, look at our post, AWS Cloud Certifications Explained: Which Certification Is Right for You? Keep in mind, you’re not getting guaranteed for getting the affirmation; you are doing it to turn into a real cloud modeler!