AWS Certified Solution Architect – Professional Exam Learning Path

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AWS Certified Solution Architect – Professional Exam Learning Path

I recently cleared the AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional Exam with 93% after almost 2 months of preparation

Topic Level Scoring:
1.0 High Availability and Business Continuity: 100%
2.0 Costing: 75%
3.0 Deployment Management: 100%
4.0 Network Design: 85%
5.0 Data Storage: 90%
6.0 Security: 92%
7.0 Scalability & Elasticity: 100%
8.0 Cloud Migration & Hybrid Architecture: 85%

AWS Solution Architect – Professional exam is quite an exhaustive exam with 77 questions in 180 minutes and covers a lot of AWS services and the combinations how they work and integrate together. However, the questions are bit old and has not kept pace with the fast changing AWS enhancements


If looking for Associate Preparation Guide, please refer


Refer to the AWS Solution Architect – Professional Exam Blue Print

AWS Solution Architect – Professional exam basically validates the following

  • Identify and gather requirements in order to define a solution to be built on AWS
  • Evolve systems by introducing new services and features
  • Assess the tradeoffs and implications of architectural decisions and choices for applications deployed in AWS
  • Design an optimal system by meeting project requirements while maximizing characteristics such as scalability, security, reliability, durability, and cost effectiveness
  • Evaluate project requirements and make recommendations for implementation, deployment, and provisioning applications on AWS
  • Provide best practice and architectural guidance over the lifecycle of a project

AWS Solutions Architect - Professional Exam Break Up

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AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional Exam Contents

Domain 1.0: High Availability and Business Continuity

  • 1.1 Demonstrate ability to architect the appropriate level of availability based on stakeholder requirements
  • 1.2 Demonstrate ability to implement DR for systems based on RPO and RTO
  • 1.3 Determine appropriate use of multi-Availability Zones vs. multi-Region architectures
  • 1.4 Demonstrate ability to implement self-healing capabilities
  • 1.5 High Availability vs. Fault Tolerance

Domain 2.0: Costing

  • 2.1 Demonstrate ability to make architectural decisions that minimize and optimize infrastructure cost
  • 2.2 Apply the appropriate AWS account and billing set-up options based on scenario
  • 2.3 Ability to compare and contrast the cost implications of different architectures

Domain 3.0: Deployment Management

  • 3.1 Ability to manage the lifecycle of an application on AWS
  • 3.2 Demonstrate ability to implement the right architecture for development, testing, and staging environments
  • 3.3 Position and select most appropriate AWS deployment mechanism based on scenario

Domain 4.0: Network Design for a complex large scale deployment

  • 4.1 Demonstrate ability to design and implement networking features of AWS
  • 4.2 Demonstrate ability to design and implement connectivity features of AWS

Domain 5.0: Data Storage for a complex large scale deployment

  • 5.1 Demonstrate ability to make architectural trade off decisions involving storage options
    • includes Storage Options patterns and anti patterns for S3, EBS,  Instance Store
  • 5.2 Demonstrate ability to make architectural trade off decisions involving database options
    • includes Storage Options patterns and anti patterns RDS, DynamoDB, Database on EC2
  • 5.3 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate data storage architecture
  • 5.4 Determine use of synchronous versus asynchronous replication

Domain 6.0: Security

Domain 7.0: Scalability and Elasticity

  • 7.1 Demonstrate the ability to design a loosely coupled system
  • 7.2 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate front-end scaling architecture
  • 7.3 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate middle-tier scaling architecture
  • 7.4 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate data storage scaling architecture
  • 7.5 Determine trade-offs between vertical and horizontal scaling
    • includes basic understanding of horizontal scaling is scale in/out and vertical scaling is scale up/down

Domain 8.0: Cloud Migration and Hybrid Architecture

Other services like SWF manual task and ability to retry, SNS Mobile Push, SES for durable email, Elastic TranscoderCloudSearch for search, Data Pipeline for disaster recovery, CloudWatch provides durable storage for logs, EMR how to improve performance

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47 thoughts on “AWS Certified Solution Architect – Professional Exam Learning Path

  1. Congrats Jayendra. After clearing AWS architect, do you think the topics that you have covered by way of Q/A, are they asked in exam.
    I am sure not all but some. Can you put a red * in front of your questions in the blog if they are?

  2. Congrats Jayendra. Thank you for this amazing blog, AWS exam prep not complete without this blog. Hope you continue updating this blog.

    What are your next move ? AWS – devops or Azure ?

  3. Nicely done and Congratulations!!!! You crushed it by being well prepared and focused. Thank you for sharing your study notes as they have been very helpful on my own AWS journey. Again, nicely done!

  4. Congratulations! Did you see any of the same SAA questions on the SA Pro exam? Where there any easy questions like on the SAA exam?

  5. Kinesis for real time streaming and analytics, parallel outputs, and stores data up to 12 hours by default
    I think it’s 24 hours.

    Thank you very much for your blog. I’m gonna sit the PRO exam soon and your blog would be the best source for me.

    1. Associate exam are relatively simpler if you are well prepared. Just make sure you go through the preparation blog post to cover the right topics, whitepapers and you should sail through.

    2. Hi Sanjay,
      I took the CSA exam in Jan and scored 90%. From a difficulty position, this is what is see:

      Developers Associate > Architect Associate > Sysops Assocciate

      I used Ryan Kroonenberg CSA course and also prepared via Cloudacademy android app for exam simulation. You need to cover only important topics as Jayendra says and prep with sample exams questions to ace the exam.

  6. Hi, Could anyone please let me know how will I implement the below real-time scenario:

    “OIM will integrate a Web Service hosted on AWS”

  7. Hello Jayendra,

    Amazing stuff, congrads!

    Any thoughts / blogs on Associate Solution Architect exam ?

    Cheers
    Prakash

  8. Congrats!!!Awsome!!!Jayendra!!! What you have achieved is amazing. You also helped the community to pass the exams through this blog. That shows you are wonderful human being. Thanks a lot!!.

  9. Thanks Jayendra. This is really big achievement.
    You are doing really good job in helping others to get in-depth knowledge on this. Person like me who is a bit lazy need such help 🙂 :).

  10. Whizlab is not good , take free partice exam n see what explaination they give in answers . I took one for pro exam n found it unworthy to pay for others.

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