AWS Certified Solution Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) Exam Learning Path

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AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) Exam Learning Path

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) exam is the upgraded pattern of the previous Solution Architect – Professional exam which was released last year (2018) and upgraded this year. I recently passed the latest pattern and difference is quite a lot between the previous pattern and the latest pattern. The amount of overlap between the associates and professional exams and even the Solutions Architect and DevOps has drastically reduced.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) exam basically validates

  • Design and deploy dynamically scalable, highly available, fault-tolerant, and reliable applications on AWS
  • Select appropriate AWS services to design and deploy an application based on given requirements
  • Migrate complex, multi-tier applications on AWS
  • Design and deploy enterprise-wide scalable operations on AWS
  • Implement cost-control strategies

Refer to AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional Exam Guide

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) Exam Summary

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) exam was for a total of 170 minutes but it had 75 questions. The questions and answers options are quite long and there is a lot of reading that needs to be done, so be sure you are prepared and manage your time well. As always, mark the questions for review and move on and come back to them after you are done with all.
  • One of the key tactic I followed when solving any question was to read the question and use paper and pencil to draw a rough architecture and focus on the areas that you need to improve. Trust me, you will be able eliminate 2 answers for sure and then need to focus on only the other two. Read the other 2 answers to check the difference area and that would help you reach to the right answer or atleast have a 50% chance of getting it right.
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) focuses a lot on concepts and services related to Scalability, High Availability, Disaster Recovery, Migration, Security and Cost Control.
  • Be sure to cover the following topics
    • Analytics
      • Understand Kinesis
        • Understand the difference between Kinesis Data Streams and Kinesis Firehose
      • Know Amazon Elasticsearch provides a managed solution
    • Integration Tools
      • Understand SQS in terms of loose coupling and scaling.
      • Know how CloudWatch integration with SNS and Lambda can help in notification

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21 thoughts on “AWS Certified Solution Architect – Professional (SAP-C01) Exam Learning Path

  1. Thank you Jay. I strictly followed your instructions and I have passed the SAP exam. It’s not easy, to read all whitepapers, to learn from 100-hour videos, to do hands-on experiments and to do quizzes. But hey, you gave me the correct direction. It is said genius is 1% Inspiration and 99% perspiration. Trust Jay, and get your hands dirty. ^_^

  2. Jay your post was a god sent! it really helped me fine tune my focus on the last week of the exam! I pleased to say I passed SAP-C01 yesterday. Time management and keeping your cool is key to passing this exam. You can’t afford to get stuck on a question for more then 2 mins. Both Linux Academy Adrian’s course and Braincert were a big help!

    Keep up the good work!


  3. Hi Jayant,
    Thanks for the blog …Could you please provide what needs to be read for the point “ElasticBeantalk with respect to Migration ” ?

    Thanks in Advance.

    1. From the migration perspective, it is mainly what service would you use to move applications from on-premises to AWS.

      1. Hi Jayendra ,
        Appreciate your response . But would you please provide an example of what you mean by “mainly what service would you use to move applications from on-premises to AWS”.
        Any aws documentation link would be really helpful. Have to take my exam on 30th Sep. I have already gone through Zeal Vora course and its content related to Elastic Beanstalk.

        Thanks in Advance.

        1. Hi Gaurav,

          Its mostly selection of Services based on applications. Like package the application as docker and host it on Elastic Beanstalk OR if the application is java, node.js which is already support by EB so thats an easy choice for answer.

  4. As per the review of course: DolfinEd AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional 2019 course,
    it doesn’t have much hand’s on. Also i read this certification require a lot of hand’s on. Can you recommend any hand’s on course.

    1. DolfinEd does not have a hands-on lab. For that you have to go for courses from Linux Academy or ACloud Guru which provide hands on labs on actual AWS.
      Professional exam is too vast and concepts are more deep which can be done more from actual experience rather than hands on labs. I feel if you do have the experience, its more theoretically deep.

  5. How do you feel about Braincert verse Whizlabs? I’ve been taking the Braincert exams, but I’ve seen a couple questions referring to NAT instances, which seems pretty out of date, however, Braincert also has all of the questions I saw on the official AWS Practice exam Is Braincert still closer to the actual exam than Whizlabs?

  6. Could someone confirm that the sample questions on AWS’s site for the Pro exam, as seen today Sept 2019, have answers 1C, 2A, 3A, 4B, 5D, 6B ? I don’t see an answer key to double-check my answers. Thank you!

  7. Hello Jayendra,

    Can you help me answer some practice questions? I’m a bit confused with some of them. I’m willing to pay the $50/hour

  8. Hi Jayendra,

    How much score do we need to have in braincert before we appear on the actual exam ?

    I’ve got a score of just 60 in 1st try on two of the exams with 2.5 months of preparation

    I’ve referred DolphinEd, LA both in my preparation.

    I scored in 70s in Jon Bonso exam so feel Braincert are tougher than Jon Bonso.

    In actual practice exam of AWS of 20questions I scored 50%


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