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    How to prepare for Amazon AWS Solution Architect Associate exam

    Going to appear soon for the Amazon AWS Solution Architect Associate exam? Know from experts here the best way to prepare for this exam.

    I am searching study material for my AWS Solution Architect Associate exam. I am taking this exam in 2 weeks and want to pass it. Kindly if anyone has the best suggestions on how to prepare for it, then share the information please.
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  • A duration of 2 weeks is very short for AWS certification preparation if you do not have experience working on AWS. However, I can tell the preparation steps which I collected from various source and following to clear this certification. Get the course "AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate 2018" by Ryan Kroonenburg from Udemy. This is a very good course for the certification preparation. Given the shorter time duration, you would need to spend full time learning this course if you have not started it yet. There is a practice test as well at the end from which you can check your knowledge on this topic.

    There is also another course on Udemy which I found very useful for practicing the questions. The course name is "AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Practice Exams" by Jon Bonso. There are about 6 set of full practice test questions for testing our knowledge. After the test, you have the option to review your answers and retake again. There are very good explanations given after each question. I found this practice test as very helpful but try to score 85% above in practice tests then only you can be confident during the certification exam.


  • The AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide for the Associate exam will be very useful for preparation. This book will give you very good insights regarding the subject through expert content, real-world knowledge, key exam essentials, chapter review questions, access to Sybex's interactive online learning environment and so on so forth. This official study guide covers exam concepts and provides a key review on exam topics. This guide covers the following topics.
    Mapping Multi-Tier Architectures to AWS Services
    Understanding managed RDBMS through AWS RDS (MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Postgres, Aurora)
    Understanding Loose Coupling and Stateless Systems
    Comparing Different Consistency Models in AWS Services
    Understanding how AWS CloudFront can make your application more cost-efficient, faster and secure
    Implementing Route tables, Access Control Lists, Firewalls, NAT, and DNS
    Applying AWS Security Features along with traditional Information and Application Security
    Architecting Large Scale Distributed Systems
    Understanding of Elasticity and Scalability Concepts
    Understanding of Network Technologies Relating to AWS
    Deploying and Managing Services with tools such as CloudFormation, OpsWorks and Elastic Beanstalk.
    At the time you have is very less, I feel you can follow this book and you will go through the subjects and then I hope you will be successful.

    always confident

  • If one is interested in getting certification from Amazon Web Services then AWS Solution Architect Associate certification is the right thing for the beginner. As the time mentioned by you is too little it may not be possible to practice the model questions and problems thouroghly in such a short span but the effort will be useful for a subsequent attempt. Please take your own time and prepare thoroughly with patience. It is a big area and haste will not be of much use.

    The material for preparation is available on some platforms like Coursera, Udemy, Microsoft Virtual Academy, Youtube (for AWS channel), AWS free tier etc. They will charge for the usage for learning the AWS things and out of all the above Udemy is the cheapest.

    AWS free tier is a place to learn about AWS and it gives up to 750 hours of processing or capacity limits per month and if you exceed this limit you will be charged for that. One can learn a lot of things here related to AWS architecture.

    You can meanwhile learn more about cloud computing, storage and content delivery, databases, networking, security and identity, analytics, deployment and management and enterprise IT applications. With all this preparation along with solving practice questions at Udemy as mentioned by other members also, you can successfully complete this certification if not immediately but at an appropriate time later.

    This is a prestigious qualification and it is valuable in terms of getting better remuneration in the cloud computing IT industry.

    So, I will advise you to take it seriously and methodically.

    Knowledge is power.

  • Visit the website of AWS they provide introductory videos on each topic and each service on their website. There are some online academies such as linuxacademy. com, acloud. guru by which you can learn about AWS but you have to pay money to watch the recorded videos. It will charged around $30 to $50. You can also learn from youtube, blogspot and from AWS website which is freely available. You can download AWS Frequently Asked Questions and Developer Guides for overall self-study and efficiency in the subject.

    Hands-on practice is really important for AWS certifications. Not only it helps you to remind what you learned, but also it helps you to score high. Amazon offers free tier account to play around for 12 months But make sure you do not outreach the usage limits.

    Plan 100 hours of study time for any of your affiliate level exam. Spend equal amount of time between study materials, labs and FAQs. Before taking the certification exam, try practice exams from AWS website, and see if you can score more than 90 percent.

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