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.

50 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 ?

  9. Hi Jayendra,

    Your post seem to be informative. Do you have any set of practice questions / exams for the Dev exam? I couldn’t find any link in your blog for practice exams.

    Thanks,
    Karthick

  10. I cleared the associate exams last year with zero professional hands on AWS experience, but it was a lot of work. Now I have a years AWS experience it all seems so much simpler!

    As a rough guide (regardless of the exam): I’d recommend starting with the relevant acloud.guru(ACG) course, then the linux academy course, then the Cloud Pros (CP) mobile app for a practice test. Interestingly, I noticed that a lot of the content on the CP app for the SAA exam comes straight from the ACG dev course, so I did the ACG dev course before the SAA exam which turned out to be a valuable decision. I also read the whitepapers at a high level (didn’t memorize them), ran up a lot of time in a free tier test environment, read and reread the FAQs a lot, plus this blog.

    I agree that ACG isn’t enough for the exams, you need a second course from a different vendor. 2 courses, lots of free tier building, and reading the FAQs a few times is enough to get you through.

    Finally, one of the best things I found was creating an AWS environment for an imaginary company (on a free tier account), after I had done the courses. First, build an environment for a small business in one vpc and put instances in it that can connect to each other and out to the net. Then expand it by adding monitoring and SNS notifications based on cloudwatch alarms, then add another vpc with a peering connection, a static website with a RDS database, use dynamoDB for basic logs etc. Basically set everything up as if it was a real company with as many if the services covered in the coureses as you can, but make sure you don’t go over the free tier limit! This helped a lot.

    Good luck!

  11. Hi Jayendra,

    Thanks for the good work you and your team are doing here. You guys are awesome. I have cleared the three AWS Associate exams and now want to go for the Advanced Networking Speciatly.

    Do you guys have any set pf practice questions or any resources you can point me to?

    Thank you,

    Ola

  12. I am currently studying for the AWS Solutions Architect Exam. I took a 3 day training class in December 2017 thru my job. Studied for a few weeks using Whizlabs scoring around 70% and then took the exam and failed. Next, I ordered the ACloud Guru and watched the videos and practiced the exam questions scoring around 70%. I felt that in order to bring my grade up higher, I would only be memorizing the answers and the explanations were a little weak. So I read about Braincert which has 13 tests (50 questions each) and I ordered that. I am now on test #11. I am concerned because when I first took test #11, I only scored about a 50%. After taking A Cloud Guru and 9 practice tests, I am feeling as if maybe I am not learning how to apply my knowledge to new situations presented. On the other hand, I am wondering if Brancert exams are cumulative such that when you reach the end, you will have sufficient knowledge to pass the exam. Do you have any insight into this and do you have any advice?

    1. The key here is to understand the concepts, all the other courses and tests will only help you build that.
      Braincert exams cover a range of topics and aws services and the tests that are at the end are actually with the new services that AWS has introduced.
      You need to sure you cover all the topics listed preparation guide, understand the concepts, understand both the right and wrong answers logic and you will pass the exam easily.

  13. Hi, I recently started for preparation for AWS solution architect exam, As I am confused with resources choices to study and I am focusing on the book AWS SOLUTIONS ARCHTECT official study guide. Am I on right path for preparation as the book will take long time to finish and prepare.
    Any advice please, Thanks

  14. Hi Jayendra,
    Should i directly start preparing for AWS Solution Architect certification.Or should I first clear AWS Developer Associate certification and then go for Solution Architect certification.

    1. both are independent in the topics and concepts they cover. I would suggest go for the one that is relevant for your day to day job. If you are just starting and want to deep dive into AWS, go for Solutions Architect. Developer is more hands-on.

  15. Hi Jayendra,

    First of all – 3 cheers to you for creating / maintaining such amazing blog on AWS Cloud. Thank you. I am working as solution architect and have already cleared AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate certification. Now, Trying to plan for next AWS one and need your suggestion on AWS Big Data and ML specialty certification.

    a) Is above order of exams prep/ certification sounds good? Or is there a value in doing Big Data one first rather than ML one?
    b) Are there any courses that you recommend for both 1) and 2) certs above? As I have come across only acloudguru ones on these 2 specialty certs. Do you know other better courses?
    c) Are you planning to create learning path for above specialty certs above? Any leads will help.

    Thanks.

    1. Big Data and ML cover different topics, so the choice should be what you are doing OR what u want to do next. For Big Data, I have already added a learning path with the resources which are good enough for pass the exams.

  16. Hi Jayendra,

    First of all – 3 cheers to you for creating / maintaining such amazing blog on AWS Cloud. Thank you. I am working as solution architect and have already cleared AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate certification. Now, Trying to plan for next AWS one and need your suggestion on AWS Big Data and ML specialty certification.

    a) Is above order of exams prep/ certification sounds good? Or is there a value in doing Big Data one first rather than ML one?
    b) Are there any courses that you recommend for both 1) and 2) certs above? As I have come across only acloudguru ones on these 2 specialty certs. Do you know other better courses?
    c) Are you planning to create learning path for above specialty certs above? Any leads will help.

    Thanks,
    Dhruv

  17. Hi Jayendra,

    Are you planning to put up learning path for machine learning or big data specialty certification/

    Thanks,
    Dhruv

  18. Hi Jayendra,
    Im appearing for Cloud Foundation exam, later i want to directly go on for specialty exams, Is it mandatory for me to clear the associate or professional exams before that ?
    Im from CRM background with analytics so would like to take up ML and proceed.

    Regards,
    Uma

    1. i have found braincert to be good and have good user feedback. But at the end of day use them to strengthen you weak areas, read the documentation and you will sail through.

  19. hi Jayendra, I am preparing for AWS SA – Assoc exam. I attempted the exam once back in end of July of this yr, didn’t pass it as scored at 61% after going thru ACloudguru video contents and then whiz labs.

    In this site, where to start to go over and revise the stuff so I can score it better? Should I just start on the right side “category” section, scroll to each relevant service to this SA – Assoc course one by one and go over the Q/As at the end of each topic?

    I want to pass this exam on timely manner or at earliest possible.

    Please provide guidance?

    thanks

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