Thursday, September 19, 2019

My First AWS Exam

Recently I took AWS Solution Architect Associate exam. It was one of my oldest dreams and somehow a personal challenge. I have been involved at some point in my career with integrating vRealize Automation and AWS. So I got a bit of experience working with EC2 instances, VPCs, ELBs. But then I changed project and position and I did not touch AWS for a while. Recently I've restarted to work with AWS but this time more with S3, IAM and Lambda functions. So I've decided to give it a try and get certified.

I've prepared for the exam taking acloud.guru training course. The course is well structured and educative. I have enjoyed the hands on labs (especially the Alexa skill building one). Practice tests will come in handy, but the course feels a bit insufficient on these. So if you choose to go through more practice tests, whizlabs can be one option. It's not a brain dump and the questions will help you get more knowledge about AWS services as well as get used to the scenario based type of questions.  Another step is read the FAQ for the services in the exam blueprint. And lastly you need to have hands-on experience - so get your hands dirty.

The exam was tougher than I expected. At some point I was thinking that I will not pass (yes, I did pass). Previous IT experience helps in choosing the right answer when you actually don't know it. You also need to read very carefully the question, which being a scenario based question can be harder to understand for English speakers like me. That's why I prefer to read it out loud (it helps being alone in the exam room).

All in all, it was a good experience and I am interested in trying my forces with another AWS exam.