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Time
19 hours 19 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
20
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>> Everyone, let's go ahead and dive into this lesson,
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so you can go ahead and schedule your exam.
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Just to quickly [LAUGHTER] recap
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on what we're doing here.
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The learning objectives for
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this lesson are going to be to
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demonstrate how you can sign up for your AWS exam,
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how quick and easy it is.
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AWS makes it so simple,
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and it's going to be a real breeze.
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I think you'll have your exam scheduled in no time.
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Let's go ahead and jump over to
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my screen and you can watch me do this.
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Here we are. I went to Google,
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and I typed in aws cloud practitioner exam.
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I'm going to go and select this link right here.
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I'm looking for the ad links.
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I want to skip down and just select this one here,
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and it takes me to AWS's homepage
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for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner.
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I'm going to just double-check.
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This is the badge you will receive when you
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pass your exam, which is really cool.
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You can put that on your LinkedIn
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profile and your resume.
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Let's go ahead and select this orange button
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, "Schedule an exam".
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Once we click that link,
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it takes you to this page,
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which is the aws.training website.
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Now if you just type into your browser,
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aws.training, it'll take you straight here.
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We're going to scroll down and we're going
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to press this button here.
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Sign in to your AWS training and certification account.
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Now you may not have an account, and that's okay.
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We're just going to go ahead and press "SIGN IN" again.
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Once you press that link,
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it's going to take you here to this sign-in page.
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Now you can use
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your Amazon account if you have one, most people do.
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But if you do not have an Amazon account,
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you're going to select this button here
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and walk through this process of setting up your account.
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Once you've done that,
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go ahead and go back and sign in to
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that form for the AWS.testing account.
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Then we're going to actually take a pause here.
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I'm going to login to mine,
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and then we're going to pick up from
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that dashboard. I'll see you there.
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Once you have set up your account and signed in,
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you're going to go and press this "GO TO YOUR ACCOUNT".
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This is going to navigate to certain metrics,
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which is the company that handles all of
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the scheduling and the configurations
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for your exam taking.
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As you can see, I've logged into mine.
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This is a little splash screen,
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so it wants me to go ahead and agree to
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the certification program agreement.
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Let's go ahead and scroll down and accept that, submit.
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If I want to schedule an exam,
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I'm going to navigate over to Upcoming Exams.
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What we're going to do is we're going to, let's see.
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You have two options. You have managed PSI exams,
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and you have managed Pearson VUE exam.
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If you've already scheduled your exams,
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you can manage them here,
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like rescheduling or
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canceling, or whatever you need to do.
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If you need to schedule,
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we're going to select "Schedule Practice Exam
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with PSI" or "Pearson VUE".
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But these are two different vendors,
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and depending on where you are in the world,
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you're going to want to
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check with either one of these vendors
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to make sure that they have a testing
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center that can accommodate you.
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This is for you if you want to take
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this exam in a testing center.
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We're going to go ahead and navigate over
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to here where we can select
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"Manage Pearson VUE Exams" or "Manage PSI Exams".
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If you need to schedule a practice exam,
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you can select either of
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these links and they'll help you out with that.
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But for scheduling your exam,
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you select either one of these.
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Now PSI and Pearson VUE
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are two different testing vendors,
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and depending on where you are in the world
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one or the other may be best to choose
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from because they may have
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testing centers near you if you want to
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take a test at a testing center.
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I know that with Pearson VUE, I think with PSI as well,
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but I know for a fact with Pearson VUE,
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you can take your exam at
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home as well and they'll proctor you.
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I'm going to go and select "Manage my Pearson VUE Exam",
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and it's going to redirect me over to
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Pearson VUE system to schedule.
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Since we're taking the AWS
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Certified Cloud practitioner exam,
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I'm going to select this one. Here we are.
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It says, "Where do you want to take your exam?"
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You can take it at a testing center,
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or you can do it online with OnVUE.
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I'm going to select online.
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It says to prepare for your exam,
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you got to make sure we run a system test,
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we make sure that we're in
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a distraction-free private place to take our exams.
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We want to make sure we have a testing space
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to take it at.
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You're going to need to have
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your photo ID ready for review.
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This is just to make sure that you
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are who you say you are,
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and that you indeed are the person truly
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taking the exam and that you're not
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having somebody else take it for you,
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and you're going to want to make sure that you have
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at least 30 minutes before
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your appointment time for the exam,
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to go through the checks and balances that are necessary.
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You're going to have a proctor confirm
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that you are who you say you are.
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You're going to want to run a test on
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your personal computer to make sure
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you have good connection to the Internet,
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and that your webcam and your mic are working just fine.
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That's what that 30 minutes
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is going to be allocated for,
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plus the proctor has to make
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sure that they do everything on their end to
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secure your computer so
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there's no cheating or anything like that.
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They have a short video that walks you
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through the process that you're
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familiar with what they're
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going to be doing on your system.
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Let's go ahead and select "Next".
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We got to agree to some terms and agreements here,
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so let's go ahead and do that.
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Just saying that you're going to abide by the rules,
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and all is well. Let's agree.
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Now here you get to select your preferred language,
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and they have simplified Chinese,
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they have English, French, German,
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Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean,
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Portuguese, and Brazilian, and then Spanish-modern.
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That's really great. I'm going to select
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English. Lots of good options.
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I like that. Here we go.
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For $100, you're going to be able to schedule your exam,
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which is a really good price.
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Let's go ahead and select "Next".
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Just want to make sure we review our settings.
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What is the language you prefer the proctor speak?
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I prefer that he or she speak English.
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Let's see here. Processing,
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let's just hold on.
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I'm going to close the screen
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or that little window there.
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Now we get to find an appointment,
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and as you can see,
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today is actually August 3rd for me,
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and as I'm recording this,
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[LAUGHTER] and we have
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test dates or test time available today.
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That's great. They have a lot of
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accessibility for finding a time,
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and it looks like, yes,
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I want the 12-hour.
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Look at all these testing times.
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That is great.
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They really do accommodate you.
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It is currently 6:28 AM,
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and they have slots available within the hour,
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just about for me to take my exam,
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if I wanted to take it in the morning.
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There you have it folks.
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If you need to find a test time and a test date,
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there's tons [LAUGHTER] available.
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Be sure to take
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advantage of this if you want to take it at home.
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If you want to take it in-person,
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may not be so available,
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because you're going to be working around the time of
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the testing center. Just keep that in mind.
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But if you're wanting to take this at home,
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which I recommend and I enjoy it,
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because I get to do it on my own convenience,
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it really is convenient
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to you because there's so many times available,
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so be sure to leverage that.
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We're going to go ahead and select this time,
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just as this demo.
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There we go. Now we get to check out if we want.
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I'm not going to because I'm not
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scheduling my exam at this time.
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But as you can see this,
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this whole process has been
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completely simplistic, very easy,
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very quick, and within a few minutes,
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you have your entire exam scheduled and ready to go.
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Now I do recommend that you
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review everything we talked about.
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Review your notes, review the white papers,
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and take that practice exam so that you are ready to go.
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My favorite threshold for
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all certification exams and I've
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taken quite a few [LAUGHTER],
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is 85 percent on the practice exam.
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If you can score a passing score of
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85 percent on the practice exam,
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typically that's a good indicator
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that you're ready for the real exam.
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I usually like to believe
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that the real exam is going to be a little bit harder.
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May not always be,
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but slightly harder than a practice exam,
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and so I usually account for five or 10 percent dip,
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or a difference between the practice and the real exam.
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Usually, that threshold has always worked for me,
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not to say that I always score 70s,
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[LAUGHTER] but if you are scoring an
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85 or higher on the practice exam,
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that's a good indicator that
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you're ready for the real exam,
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and you should be able to meet that passing threshold of,
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I think this one is 720 out of 1,000,
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or 72 percent or so.
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If you're hitting a B or an A,
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typically that's a good sign that you're
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ready to pass this exam.
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Anyways, I hope this was helpful.
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Good luck on your exam,
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and make sure to post it on LinkedIn.
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Once you've passed your certification exam,
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post your credential on LinkedIn,
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and make sure to tag me.
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My name is Nicholas Moy.
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You can find my LinkedIn profile
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in the very beginning of this course,
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on the very first lesson,
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where we're introducing me
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as the instructor in this course.
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Make sure to reach out to me,
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let me know that you passed this exam.
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I want to hear about how this course
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was helpful for you, or if it wasn't,
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or if you found things on the exam
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that were not listed in this course,
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because I'm constantly looking to improve this course.
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Make sure to reach out, say hello,
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and let me know that this course was helpful and that you
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were successful in passing your certification exam.
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That being said, let's go ahead
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and wrap this whole entire course up,
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and I'll see you in the next lesson.
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Now that you guys have gone ahead and set up
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your AWS training account,
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and you've gone ahead and signed up for your exam,
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I want to wish you best of luck.
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I know you're going to do well.
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If you have any questions about preparing for your exam,
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or any questions about the technical material we've
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covered so far on this course,
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in this journey, feel free to reach out to me on
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LinkedIn, or on Twitter.
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I'm active on both of those areas
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and my profiles are both there.
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Happy to hear from you.
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Sometimes I get messages from students,
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and I love to listen
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to the story and what everyone's going through.
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We'd love to hear from you.
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Make sure to drop a post on LinkedIn tagging me,
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letting me know that you have passed
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your Solution Architect Associate
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certification exam when you do.
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I love seeing the messages,
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I love seeing the feedback.
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If you guys have any valuable feedback,
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if you happen to find any test questions
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and content that were not on this course.
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AWS is constantly changing their exams,
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so it's always good to hear from the students like
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you if you guys catch anything that
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we need to add to
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this course or things that we need to change.
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Thank you in advance,
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please be sure to reach out to me,
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and let me know when you've passed,
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and best of luck.
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