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Tips and tricks to get certified: links to tutorials, videos, practice exams.

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Overview

This page covers preparation for certification exams by several dimensions:

NOTE: Content here are my personal opinions, and not intended to represent any employer (past or present). “PROTIP:” here highlight information I haven’t seen elsewhere on the internet because it is hard-won, little-know but significant facts based on my personal research and experience.


Type of AWS Service

  • Security, Identity, and Compliance (Organizations, Users, Permissions security, AWS Config, Inspector, Security Hub)
  • Management, Monitoring, and Governance (CloudWatch, X-Ray)
  • Application Integration (Config, SQS, SNS, EventBridge)
  • AWS Cost Management:
  • Networking and Content Delivery (Regions, AZs, VPNs, DNS, Route 53, IPs, CIDR, DMZ, VPCs, Peering, Gateway, NAT, SGs, NACL, ENIs, ELB, WAF, CDN, ASG)
  • aws-Architecture (Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity, ASG, Snapshots, Log shipping)
  • Compute (AMI, Server Types, CPUs, AWS Batch)
  • Storage (EBS volumes, EFS, Snow)
  • Databases (RDS, Athena, Elastic)
  • Analytics: Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES)
  • Migrations

Covered only in specialty exams:

  • Machine Learning (Polly, Rekognition, Amazon ML, Greengrass, Deep Learning AMIs (DLAMI) )
  • DevOps (Cloud9, CodeBuild, CodeCommit, CodeDeploy, CodeStar)
  • Mobile Hub, SDK
  • IoT

Not covered:

  • Amazon Chime, SES (Simple Email Service)
  • Amazon CloudSearch
  • Amazon Connect

AWS Exams

Official info on AWS exams: PDFs lists the services tested:

Associate level exams:

Professional level exams:

Specialty exams:

Design and deploy dynamically scalable, highly available, fault-tolerant, and reliable applications on AWS.

The “and deploy” applies to Professional. Associate has just “design”.

Social

https://www.reddit.com/r/AWSCertifications

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FREE AWS Training Resources

For-fee Training resources

CloudAcademy.com provides hands-on lab instances with their tutorials.

Practice exams

CloudAcademy has practice exam for each AWS exam actual length.

Each retake shows more questions from a large pool.

Because a minimum score of 35 percent is needed on each exam domain, Pearson Practice tests at OReilly has a “study mode” which allow you to provide answers after every question from across 4 complete exams.

PROTIP: If you have an OReilly.com subscription (to Pearson) you can also filter to focus questions by exam domain!

Other Practice Tests


AWS Practioner


AWS Associate

the “AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate” exam (PDF)


AWS Professional

12.5% Design for Organizational Complexity
31% Design for New Solutions
15% Migration Planning
12.5% Cost Control
29% Continuous Improvement for Existing Solutions

References

https://www.gliffy.com/blog/aws-architecture-diagram-examples

https://online.visual-paradigm.com/drive/#diagramlist:proj=0&new=AWSDiagram

https://warren2lynch.medium.com/aws-architecture-diagram-with-2019-new-icons-over-50-examples-d401a76c6d5c

https://www.diagrams.net/blog/aws-diagrams

https://www.conceptdraw.com/How-To-Guide/aws-icons-2

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