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AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam experience and study tips

So I have had my AWS solutions architect associate certificate last week, with a score of 939 out of 1000

Over the past 2 years, I’ve been dealing with AWS from time to time, but that has increased significantly in the past 5 months, When I started to do a lot of work related to s3, lambda, and step-functions.

On December I’ve decided to take the architect exam to sharpen aws/cloud skills. I prepared for it for less than a month. and took the exam on Mid January.

I’ve prepared for the exam from multiple resources, but I must say that the exam itself is harder than all the practice tests I’ve seen, there were some topics that never was mentioned in the materials I will mention below. but you just get them from your experience.

So first I’ve started with a monthly subscription in  acloud.guru course: aws certified solutions architect associate

One month subscription was enough to prepare for the exam, This is a great course, it goes through almost all the topics in the exam, the labs are very important to do by hand, especially the VPC one. If you can’t do it from memory, don’t do the exam.

Then I’ve purchased the practice tests from whizlabs: https://www.whizlabs.com/aws-solutions-architect-associate/

The explanation of the answers in whizlabs will help you a lot understand what is the best solution for the scenario in the questions, Most of the time there is more than one correct solution, but one of them is the right answer because of a certain requirement in the question. like cost, availability, or disaster recovery.

I’ve also gone to Jayendra Patil blog and read a lot of the pages in the aws solutions architect associate exam learning path 

Lastly, I purchased the practice exam from AWS, which I’ve seen most of the questions in it in acloud guru exam simulator, and whizlabs tests.

In summary, I think obtaining the certificate is a good addition for engineers who interact with aws services in their day to day work.

AWS Builders day 2018

AWS Builders day, December 2018, London

 

I’ve attended few AWS events in the last couple of years in different countries, yet the best experience I had was in the AWS builders day this December 2018 in London.

The difference is this time, is I aimed for the workshops, not the sessions. I went for the AI / ML workshops, and it was a good deviation from the type of technologies I use day to day.

The reason I like this experience is that it was some sort of hands-on training, I guess if I had that much information in a session it wouldn’t stick to my mind the way it did when I applied all the examples by hand.

You can find the materials for these workshops in this GitHub repo, https://github.com/me2resh/AI_ML_Workshops, unlike many tutorials these work as expected if you follow all the steps.

Going through the examples you will cover different aws tools like: aws rekognition, aws lexaws ec2, aws s3, amazon machine learning, aws sagemaker, deep learning AMI, apache MXNet, and Jupyter Notebook.

I hope you will find the material as enjoyable as I did, and if you have any similar resources, please share them in the comments.