AWS Certification Exam Resources, Courses, Quizzes

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AWS Certification Exam Courses, Resources, Quizzes

  • Clearing the AWS certification for Solution Architect, SysOps Associate and Solution Architect Professional has been a long journey of over an year now.
  • I always remember starting fresh on AWS with no knowledge and a plethora of resources, courses and documentation can be very confusing, overwhelming and tough
  • So I have just put some resources, courses and deals which might help you get started at a reasonable cost

NOTE: This is my personal recommendations and tried & tested ones.

AWS documentation

  • Nothing can replace the fantastic AWS documentation that the team has put and maintained
  • AWS documentation includes
    • AWS Developer, User guides
    • AWS FAQs – Very Important to get a quick summary for important questions targeted in the exams
    • AWS Re-Invent Videos – quick way to know details of the services
    • AWS Whitepapers – covers condensed knowledge of important topics and services

Online Courses

Udemy

  • However, they are not sufficient to clear the exams
  • Udemy does not have aCloud Guru professional courses
  • They are listed at a very high price, however, wait for offers from Udemy and you can get the Associate ones for $10-$15
  • I will keep on listing any Udemy offers as belowFor Associate, I started with aCloud Guru courses from Udemy and they provide a nice overview of the exam topics


A Cloud Guru

  • As mentioned above, Associate courses from A Cloud Guru are good to get started and can be purchased from Udemy
  • A Cloud Guru forums have very nice discussion over the topics, highly recommended going through them
  • I had purchased Solution Architect – Professional course from A Cloud Guru site directly
    • Personally, I find it very expensive and it does not cover the topics in great details

Linux Academy

  • I haven’t tried Linux Academy courses for Associate, so any of you have any opinion let me
  • I had purchased the Solution Architect – Professional course and found is detailed and exhaustive with labs
  • Personally, would recommend it over the A Cloud Guru
  • You can try Linux Academy Trail for 7 days and then for monthly $29 which would give you access to everything but limited period

Free Linux Academy, PluralSight and Opsgility courses

  • I started preparing for Azure and was checking for resources, and stumbled upon 3 months Free subscription for LinuxAcademy, PluralSight and OpsUtility.
  • Follow the steps below
    • Navigate to Visual Studio Dev Essentials
    • Click on Join or Access Now
    • Sign up as its free
    • Microsoft would provide 3 months access to the courses as their Education Program
    • Activate the code and you are good to go
    • Enjoy the same till is lasts

Free Subscription for Linux Academy, Opsgility, Pluralsight

Practice Quiz

  • Personally, I have not taken any Practice test either officially from AWS or from any other provider
  • However, there are lot of sites, apart from my blog, which provide AWS questions & Answers, but I had found them to provide incorrect answers. So always research from your side
  • I have got a lot of positive feedback from colleagues taking tests on Braincert.


Udemy AWS Certified Solution Architect - Associate Practice Tests

  • Any other Online Quiz which you found very useful, let me know and I can add the same

Feel free to provide any feedback or any other resources that you found very helpful and help back the community.

20 thoughts on “AWS Certification Exam Resources, Courses, Quizzes

    1. I do not have a separate collection of SA-Associate, but you can look into the preparation guide and important topics and check the practice questions.
      The questions with longer prose are mainly professional. I have tried to segregate the professional topics and questions for some topics, but its a WIP.

  1. Your blog is getting more views, and I’m sure there is more to come!! I got redirected here from several forums.

    My question is regarding the AWS SA – Associate. Is that a high level exam? I see people wherein they just took cloud guru course, and passed it!! Well, I finished the cloud guru course (Solutions Architect Associate), but I found the course quite “high-level”. The practice exam had question like “What is the best S3 storage class used for data archival (Ans: Glacier)” .. Other question like “What is Alias Record” and I went … “this is high level?”.

    1. Thanks CGRK,

      Frankly from my experience the practice questions in acloud guru are very high level and not close to exam questions.
      ACloud Guru won’t help you clear exam unless you are hands on experience on AWS and you use it Day in and Day out.
      Still you need to go through videos, blogs and white papers to clear it.

      I would suggest go through A Cloud Guru which is a good introduction and will help you cover 50-60% of exam at max. Rest you need to go through the other references and materials for sure.

  2. Hi Jayendrapatil,

    seen and impressed by your blog post.

    in 2 days I am giving sysop associate exam

    can you please direct me on any important points or topics I have to go there.
    It is very tough paper ?
    Frankly speaking , no idea about the type of questions I will face .

    How many are simple and how many are scenario based ????
    Any input will be appreciated ..

    Thanks in advance …

    –Kunal Saxena

    1. Thanks Kunal,

      For Sys Ops, the topics VPC, IAM, S3, EC2, SQS are very important. Difference from the SA are the CloudWatch, CloudFormation and other Monitoring and Development tools. So be sure to cover those. Also check the Security & Storage Option white papers.

      All the Best …

  3. Hi Jayendrapatil,

    Your blog is wonderful!! I am looking to purchase practice test for all associate level exams. Would you recommend WizLab or BrainCert?

    Thank you!

  4. Hi Jayendrapatil,

    i have a team of engineer who tried the aws sysops exam , 2 of them pass it w/o sitting on the course with cloudguru video + practise exam .

    another 2 fail the exam as mention the topic cover is changing .. I try to double check on the blueprint b ut i can’t find any recent changes. . Did it specific mention which whitepaper we need to go through to understand better or it

    we dont have the luxury to go for lab and test out except using our free tier account.

    1. Haven’t got any feedback for the sysops exams getting updated. There were updates for SA … couple of months ago. However, not all the users get the new exam format is what i have heard. Few users might still get the old format without the new topics and that might be the reason.

  5. Hi Jayendrapatil,

    Thank for first of all, i refereed your blog for clearing SAA exam.
    I have recently completed the solution architect-Associate and now i am dilemma to choose next certification. I am confused whether to take sys-ops or security specialty exam. I don’t see any details about the security specialty exam in this blog.
    Could you guide me? which one to continue with?

    I also think sysops is also under associate, will this certification adds up the value.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Madhumita, it depends upon what you want to do basically. If you are targeting SA as your role go for SA – Professional. If you want to target DevOps go for SysOps and DevOps Professional. I haven’t checked the Security Speciality, and do not have any plans for the same as well.

  6. Hi Jayendra,

    I am looking forward for the certification but I am bit confused on which one to attempt.

    AWS Certified Developer – Associate OR AWS Solution Architect – Associate….?????

    I have 2.5 years of experience in IT.

    Q1. Which is Certification is beneficial ?

    Q2. Should I pay 29$ on “acloudguru” for enrolling into the course or is there any other bettter alternative ?

    1. It depends upon what you are targeting … if you are doing development you can target Developer, SA and SA – Pro.
      If from the Sysops side target SysOps and DevOps.
      acloudguru courses are available @ $10, so do not pay more. Keep checking the link on my blog, it is available at $10 usually 10 days a month.

  7. Hello Jayendra,

    I have the habit of reading from the books, rather than reading from Video’s. I was searching for the right book for AWS Solution Architect – Professional Exam but couldn’t find one so far.
    Do you recommend some book also for AWS SA – Professional Exam ?

    Please guide with the link of the book if you have.

    Best
    SAndeep Khurana

    1. Frankly Sandeep, books don’t work here and the content will get old very fast with daily updated from AWS.
      Its better to read through FAQs, Blogs and trying out things on AWS.

  8. Any idea when the SAA exam pattern will change ?
    I heard from well known person that the AWS SAA exam pattern and syllabus going to be changed from 1st Jan 2018 onwards… its true ?

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