So I finally got around to sitting the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam, aka
This certification validates the ability to design and implement distributed systems on AWS.
Basically, it says you have a clue of what to do with AWS. That’s not to say it’s easy; AWS has many, many services and you’re expected to be able to answer some pretty specific questions about more than just a few of them. A lot of them you’re not going to run into in simple day-to-day use cases, so for me at least, there was some study required.
Anyway, I did alright in the exam, though it’s not like there’s bonus points for anything better than passing. Out of a possible scaled score from 100-1000 points, you need at least 720. I got 956, so I’m pretty happy with that.
Aside from using AWS, I leaned on following resources for exam preparation.
- Whizlabs practice exams: I wouldn’t recommend these. The quality just isn’t there in relation to the next resource.
- DigitalCloud practice exams: Well written questions that actually represent what you’re going to see in the exam.
- https://karansingh.gitbook.io/aws-saa-c02/: This was handy as a bit of a cheat-sheet, easy reading and not overly verbose. It’s not perfect but it’s good.