Guidelines to crack the AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate Examination


Vishal Gupta

07 Nov 2019

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Examination has created quite a buzz among technical experts. These guidelines are for anyone planning on writing and acquiring an associate certification. After some hard work and a lot of dedication, I managed to pass this examination and contented to ideate my observation and help budding AWS architects who wanted to get certified. This exam is intended for individuals who perform a solutions architect role; and have one or more years of hands-on experience designing available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS.


From February 2018, AWS had announced a new pattern of examination for the first level of its AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Associate. Previously, 55 questions had to be completed in 80 minutes; while now, candidates are required to attempt 65 questions in 130 minutes.


Skills Gained After the Certification:



Things to Know Before Getting Certified: 



Exam Summary of AWS Solutions Architect — Associate SAA-C01:



Practice Test


As with any other exam, completing practice tests is extremely necessary and probably the most important part of your preparation for this certification. The practice exam tests both your knowledge and time management skills. Furthermore, during the time of the actual exam, you will be able to complete it in a shorter time frame. Below is a list of practice exams:


AWS Extra Reads:



Where to Focus your Time?


Pose a question to yourself on, how much of the Solutions Architect — Associate exam connects with your current or previous work experience? This will give you an idea of where to focus your time to learn new topics.
About 60 percent of the Solutions Architect — Associate Exam focuses on Designing Solutions. If you work in Solutions Design or Architecture, or if your role includes these responsibilities, these topics, concepts, and services may already be familiar to you.

Another 30 percent of the Solutions Architect – Associate Exam concentrates on security and troubleshooting. This might be familiar to those with an IT or System Administrator background.
The remaining 10 percent focuses on deployment and implementation, which may be familiar to developers or programmers. However, the Solutions Architect — Associate Exam focuses mainly on infrastructure.

Ultimately, where you decide to focus your time and how much time you spend depends on you. The best approach to our Learning Path is to delve deeply into any unfamiliar territory. Watch and rewatch the videos. Take your time in each of the Hands-on Labs to get comfortable with the different services in AWS.

It is difficult to say how much each candidate has to spend preparing for this exam. Therefore, you will need to consider your areas of expertise and how they relate to this certification. Finally, if you already have AWS experience, you can use 60 hours of study as a starting point and adjust your strategy from there. The best approach takes the best practices and advice from many sources and is tailored to fit your experience, goals, and schedule.


Hit Submit Only If You are Sure


Once you click submit on an answer, you can’t change it. Instead, you can skip questions and come back to them later once you are ready. However, if you have selected an option, you can’t skip to another question until you have cleared that option.


Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy


Cancellation or rescheduling is free if you have over 48 hours to go for the exam. Within 48 hours and a day before the exam, you can reschedule or cancel for 60 USD. In my opinion, I strongly suggest booking the exam first, you can reschedule it later if you can’t make it or feel like you are not prepared. This will give you a tangible goal to work towards, which will prevent procrastination.


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