AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate: My Journey, My Perspective
Recently I cleared the AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate exam. While the memory is still fresh, I would like to share my journey.
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Who am I?
I am a software engineer. My primary tool is Node.js. Along with Node.js, In my tool-belt, I carry React.js, Angular, Feathers JS, MongoDB, Bloickchain, and now obviously AWS.
I had a little experience on AWS like managing the VPS with application layer and database layer, configuring the security group, Route53 and S3.
I cleared the exam on December 11, 2020 on my first attempt.
You should know…
Keep couple of things in your mind if you plan for the certification:
A certificate is nothing but a paper, the hands on experience is the keys here. So even though in many cases it is not necessary, do the hands on as much as possible.
In exam, sometimes AWS acts like a salesman. They are not just testing your knowledge, also try to tell you all the goodies they are providing.
My Exam Feedback
10–15 questions were from hybrid architecture, specially focused on storage solution. Since It was my weak point, these questions are still on my mind.
Exam duration was 2 hours 10 minutes. For me It took 1.30 hours to complete the exam.
Then I went through the flagged question one more time.
I took Person with Vue format. The exam-center experience was quite frustrating. The person who handle these arrangement examination was late 30 minutes. Computer monitor crashed in the middle of the exam and no one there to fix it immediately. I reported these incident after the exam.
I decided to prepare for this certification almost a year ago (December 2019). I considered both the Solution Architect Associate and Developer Associate.
I took the slow and steady process. Look at the theory and do the hands on as much as possible.
Sometimes I even got out of the syllabus and exploring the services.
It took almost a year, although with consistency, I think 4 months can cover the content for this exam.
I used to take notes for almost everything I was taught during video content or practice exam. I used to write them in markdown format. Recently wrote a blog engine to make them publish like a blog.
Contents I Used For The Exam
My primary video content was Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.
For practice question I brought AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Practice Exams and AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.
Along with them I also purchase couple of courses in Udemy, I will list them below.
Pet Project I Did During Preparation
B2B Market Place (Amplify Platform, SAM, Lambda, AppSync, API Gateway, SES, S3, DynamoDB, AWS Managed Elastic Search, Route53)
Todo App: Amplify Note Taker (Amplify Platform, AppSync, Cognito User Pool, DynamoDB, S3, Route53)
Notes I taken and use AWS to host them (S3, EC2, Route53)
Host a Community Application API and Admin Panel in AWS (S3, EC2, Route53)
All The Courses I Followed
**Stephane Maarek video content and [Tutorial Dojo](tutorialsdojo.com/)** practice questions and some hands on practice is enough for the certification. Although I purchased and completed the following courses.
Ultimate AWS Certified Developer Associate, since I was also preparing for the developer associate
AWS Certified Solutions Architect — Associate, good for quick review. Exam tips after each section is great.
Serverless React with AWS Amplify — The Complete Guide, as a developer can not ignore the awesome server less platform.
Amazon EC2 Master Class (with Auto Scaling & Load Balancer), during practice exam, was confused about the ASG and ALB. Almost all the contents are covered in the main course I suggested.
Cheat Sheets Found Fascinating
Blogs I Found Motivational and Helpful
Git Repositories I Found Helpful
Tools I Found (An Android App)
Use while you are in the waiting room to visit your doctor(LOL)
Docs I Found Helpful
Question Banks I Found (Both Free and Premium)
FAQ I Read (At Least Tried and Being Suggested)
White Paper I Read(At Least Tried and Being Suggested)
Reddit Post I Read (Need Some Motivation??? Check the first one.)
AWS Re:Invent I Watched (Again Tried and Being Suggested)
I would say It was great to learn all these cloud tools.
Leave a comment if there’s any query or suggestion.