Get Ready for the AWS Solutions Architect
Where the associate tier helps build your knowledge of the AWS platform, the AWS professional level certifications are not only good for your career, they are an essential step in taking your knowledge and confidence in building things on AWS to the next level.
A few months ago, Cloud Academy instructor Andrew Larkin shared his strategy to get ready for the AWS Solutions Architecthttps://goo.gl/YvWjdu Professional certification exam in a new webinar. Today, we’ll be sharing some of Andrew’s secrets in this excerpt from “How to study for the AWS Solutions Architect Professional Certification.” We’ll talk about some of the myths and misconceptions that you may have heard, and we’ll cover some of the main areas that you’ll want to focus on when preparing for this exam.
Debunking the myths
You’ve probably heard some of the myths about taking the leap from AWS Certified Solutions Architect associate to professional, so let’s start by addressing a few of these.
It’s too difficult to pass. This is a really tough exam, there’s no hiding that. It is designed to test your ability to design and deploy AWS solutions, so you really need to be confident in this area. In addition to your hands on experience, if you prepare properly and take the time to actually learn the foundational information, you will find the questions less challenging.
The exam scenarios are really tricky. Yeah, they are. The scenarios are very elaborate. They are designed to test your ability to identify requirements, evaluate potential services, and then to choose the service that is the best match for the requirements in the context of the question.
In the exam, you’ve got around 80 questions and you’re working in a three-hour timeframe. You will want to leave some time at the end to check your answers, etc., which really leaves you with around two minutes per question. This is where preparation is really important. Having a solid baseline of subject matter expertise will help you process the information and start to evaluate the options. Someone who walks in unprepared will find these scenarios incredibly difficult over someone who is prepared and who is ready to start to think through the best AWS way of doing this.