AWS Certification Exams – Preparation – Sample Questions

AWS Solution Architect & SysOps Associate Certification Exams Preparation & Sample Questions

I recently passed AWS Solution Architect – Associate (90%) & SysOps – Associate (81%) certification exams.

I would like to share my preparation leading to and experience for the exams

  • AWS Certification exams are pretty tough to crack as they cover a lot of topics from a wide range of services offered by them.
  • I cleared both the Solution Architect and SysOps Associate certifications in a time frame of 2 months.
  • I had 6 months of prior hands-on experience with AWS primarily on IAM, VPC, EC2, S3 & RDS which helped a lot
  • There are lot of resources online which can be helpful but are overwhelming as well as misguide you (I found lot of dumps which have sample exam questions but the answers are marked wrong)
  • AWS Associate certifications although can be cleared with complete theoretical knowledge, a bit of hands on really helps a lot.
  • Also, AWS services are update literally everyday with new features being added, issues resolved and so on, which the exam questions surely don’t keep a track off. Not sure how often the exam questions are updated.
  • So my suggestion is if you see a question which focuses on a scenario which added latest by AWS within a month, still don’t go with that answer and stick to the answer which was relevant before the update for e.g. encryption of Root volume usually made in the certification exam with options to use external tools and was enabled by AWS recently.

AWS Certification Exam Preparation

As I mentioned there are lot of resources and courses online for the Certification exam which can be overwhelming, this is what I did for my preparation to clear the exams

  • Went through AWS Certification Preparation guide
  • Went through the AWS Solution Architect & SysOps blue print thoroughly as it mentions the topics and the weightage in the exam
  • Purchased the acloud guru course from udemy (got it for $10 on discount) for both the Solution Architect and SysOps course, which greatly helped to have a clear picture of the the format, topics and relevant sections
  • Signed up with AWS for the Free Tier account which provides a lot of the Services to be tried for free with certain limits which are more then enough to get things going. Be sure to decommission anything, if you using any thing beyond the free limits, preventing any surprises 🙂
  • Also, used the QwikLabs for all the introductory courses which are free and allow you to try out the services multiple times (I think its max 5, as I got the warnings couple of times)
  • Update: Qwiklabs seems to have reduced the free courses quite a lot and now provide targeted labs for AWS Certification exams which are charged
  • Went through the few Whitepapers especially the
  • Read the FAQs atleast for the important topics, as they cover important points and are good for quick review
  • Went through multiple sites to consolidate the Sample exam questions and worked on them to get the correct answers. I have tried to consolidate them further in this blog topic wise.
  • Went through multiple discussion topics on the acloud guru course which are pretty interesting and provides further insights and some of them are actually certification exam questions
  • I did not purchase the AWS Practice exams, as the questions are available all around. But if you want to check the format, it might be useful.
  • Opinion : acloud guru course are good by itself but is not sufficient to pass the exam but might help to counter about 50-60% of exam questions
  • Also, if you are well prepared the time for the certification exam is more then enough and I could answer all the questions within an hour and was able to run a review on all them once.
  • Important Exam Time Tip: Only mark the questions which you doubt as Mark for Review and then go through them only. I did the mistake marking quite a few as Mark for Review, even though I was confident on the answers, and wasting time on them again.

AWS Associate Certification Exam Important Topics

Targeting the Professional Certifications next ……

 

26 thoughts on “AWS Certification Exams – Preparation – Sample Questions

  1. Man i need to ask you some important question, i i did go once to the exam and i failed , and as you said the internet is full of misleading dumps and question/answers.

    i have been answering all your questions and answers lately, all the blog question seriously ! do you think this covers all ? or not ? also it will be great help if i can have your contact email.

    1. Hi Melik, I just subscribed to the acloud guru course which i think was enough to get started but not to clear the exams for sure.
      I did go through a lot of dumps which are shared for free partially and then ask to to buy full ones, the answers were actually wrong.
      Am not sure for the full dumps sold as I never felt the need to buy those.
      I have tried to consolidate all the questions I could get hold of around the internet and answered them to best of my knowledge with relevant documentation.
      From my experience, you might need go through the acloud guru course (or any other equivalent ones), my blog, a bit of hands on and faqs and couple of whitepaper, which should be good enough.

  2. So a few months ago I also passed AWS-SA-A (87%). I would highly suggest exactly what Mr. Patil has suggested i.e. 1) A Cloud Guru 2) Jayendra Patil Blog 3) AWS FAQ’s and Whitepapers 4) A lil bit of hands on, especially VPC. That’s it and you are gold. I would suggest reading his blog based on topics. It helped me a lot to answer questions that I had not encountered before (approximately 15-18 questions). What helps is the explanation given in red by Mr. Patil after some of the questions. Understanding those concepts will help you to reason the right answer for those unknown questions. I say this because in my exam I was also keeping score between questions I was sure that I had the right answers and questions which I had to reason before answering. I was surprised to see I got 87% as I was expecting around 70%.

    Jayendra Sir, how can I upload a few questions for SA Pro? I have just started studying for SA-Pro and have a few questions that I would like to review/answer.

    As usual, thanks for maintaining this site. It has truly helped many of us understand these concepts as well as clear the certs.

  3. hello MrPatil,

    I am preparing for AWS associate exam, i want to know that after getting certified how much it help in getting the job in India.

    regards
    Harpal singh

    1. Surely it has a weightage in India, as we too are working heavily on AWS and see openings in other companies as well.
      But Only certification adds value, but hand ons experience is a must.

  4. Great article! This is a great way to get an idea of the type of questions that you may face during the examinations. Students should go through theses questions and answers to make sure that they are fully prepared for the AWS Certification Examination.

  5. Very good blog. i have tried different website links. but not satisfied. finally followed this block which helped me to clear the associate level exam with out any tension.

    Thanks Jayendra.

  6. Mr.Jayendra – this is very useful. Have a question! I am scheduled to write ins Dec 30. But i need little bit more prep. If i postpone to Jan 1st week, will the format change because it is new clandar year is my worry? Do you have any thoughts??

    Also where have you given the sample questions? Can u give me the link? My id is vsriks@yahoo.com

    1. I doubt it would change with the year change. Amazon updates questions on frequent basis, but some of the questions are still old and does not keep up the pace with the changes happening in AWS services everyday. So i still think you should be good to go. Sample questions are linked to each of the topics at the end.

  7. Hi Jayendra,

    Thank you very much! No Doubt its really a very good blog.Its helps a lot! But i wanted to know if you have this kind of blog for AWS-Certified-Solutions-Architect-Professional exam.If so can you please provide me the details.Thanks in advacne!

    1. The topics and some of questions are pretty much from the Professional course as well. I don’t have a brief overview for Professional certification as I am also preparing on it.

  8. Jayendra Sir! Is it possible for me to send you some AWS-SA Professional questions and concepts? I am having a tough time identifying the correct methodology and responses. If so please contact me and let me know how I can send these to you. Thanks.

  9. Hi Everyone!
    Guyz who have taken the exam can answer this question.
    Can we keep track of our score while the exam is still going on and what is the passing percentage for associate architect.

    Thanks

    1. Nope, the score is disclosed at the very end only after you submit the exam. Also the passing % is variable and not known.

  10. Dear Jayendra,
    Variable means it can increase will I am giving the test, any idea if you can give about the minimum % what should I aim for .So that I can have some goal in front of me.
    Thanks

    1. Read on forums thats its a variable percentile calculations, so on one day a person scoring 65% might pass will on an other day person scoring 70% might fail. I would recommend scoring above 70-75% for making it through.

  11. Hi Jayendra,

    Thank you for writing very crisp blog. This blog clearly guides us on what steps we need to follow for excelling on AWS solution architecture — associate certification exam.

    Can you please share your list of AWS-SA Professional questions and concepts. It would be of great help. My email id is on.mony@gmail.com

    Regards
    Ashwin

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