By: Vikrant Saran
July 19, 2018
How to Prepare for the AWS-Certified Solutions Associate Certification
By: Vikrant Saran
July 19, 2018
Amazon Web Services dominates the cloud computing world today. Being a subsidiary of Amazon.com, it delivers cloud computing platforms for individuals, government, and companies on-demand for a paid subscription.
Today, AWS technology is implemented at server farms across the globe. In order to master AWS technology, it's necessary to get trained and obtain an AWS certification.
Among the various AWS certifications, AWS Certified Solutions Architect-Associate Certification validates your ability to architect and deploy secure and robust applications using AWS technologies.It enables you to
Use the architectural design principles as per the requirements of your customer[s].
Implement best practices throughout the project lifecycle in your organization.
This certification enables you to make the organization’s infrastructure more scalable, resilient, high-performing, and cost-effective. This has forced most organizations today to prefer hiring AWS-certified professionals.
Thus, this certification boosts the marketability of your repertoire and helps you to
Expand your knowledge of the AWS platform
Get recognized as a Certified Solutions Architect
Gain global recognition for your skills
Earn elevated status among peer groups
Get promoted from the existing position with a hike in salary
Gain access to better opportunities and challenges.
How to Prepare for the AWS Certified Solutions Associate CertificationIf you have decided to take this exam, ensure that you get registered for the new exam [Release February 2018] that covers the new services and best practices for architecture. [The current version remains valid until August 2018 only].The updated version is especially meant for Solution Architects and Solution Design Engineers.The AWS Certified Solutions Associate certification exam concepts include the following:
Ingress and egress of data to and from AWS
Design and deploy highly available, scalable, and fault-tolerant systems on AWS
Identify appropriate use of AWS architectural best practices
Select the appropriate AWS service[Based on data, database, compute, or security requirements]
Estimate AWS costs and identifying cost control mechanisms
Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures 34%
Domain 2: Define Performance Architectures 24%
Domain 3: Specify Secure Applications and Architectures 26%
Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures 10%
Domain 5: Define Operationally Excellent Architectures 6%
Use of computing, networking, storage, and database AWS services
AWS deployment and management services
AWS-based application requirements [technical]
Professionals must also have a basic understanding of
Building secure and reliable applications
AWS infrastructure [global]
AWS Network technologies
AWS on cloud architecture
Key Preparation ResourcesExam Guide: This exam guide is available on the AWS official website. It gives you the blueprint of the exam and other related details.The AWS Certified Solutions Associate exam structure will be as follows:
Exam Questions: Multiple Choice Questions
- Multiple choice with one correct response [¼]
- Multiple choice with two correct responses [⅖]
No. of Questions:
- 80 minutes
Available Languages: English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean
Practice Exam Fee:
- USD 20
- USD 150
- To pass the exam, you must earn a minimum passing score of 720. The results are reported using a scale of 100-1000.
AWS Training: Mercury Solutions Limited offers 3 days of extensive training on this course by experts. The training course enables you to design and deploy applications using AWS technologies.
AWS Practice Test: It is recommended to take practice questions directly from the AWS site. A few helpful links have been presented below for your reference.
- Architecting on AWS
- Exam Readiness Workshop
- Official Study Guide
- Sample Questions
- Practice Exam
AWS White Papers: Moreover, you may download the white papers for specific topics that will help you to prepare. A few of them are
Overview of Amazon Web Services
AWS Overview of Security Processes
AWS Risk and Compliance
AWS Storage Services Overview
Architecting for the Cloud: AWS Best Practices
With these tools, you will be able to architect and deploy secure and robust applications using AWS technologies.