Preparing for AWS re:Invent 2019 – Linux Academy
Taking AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate, present and beta variations again to again
In the run-up to re:Invent, my colleague Mark Richman strongly inspired me to take a seat a minimum of one certification examination ahead of the convention. The number one reason why for doing so within the context of re:Invent is that preserving a number of AWS certifications unlocks get entry to to the Certification Lounge. The Lounge gives some additional sweets and offers some house to catch your breath from all of the actions which are going down during the day on the convention.
Before becoming a member of the staff at Linux Academy I labored for AWS Premium Support, and previous to that, I labored for an area college for nearly a decade. Part of my transition from academia to AWS was once learning for and sitting the AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate examination. I used the Linux Academy path -which was once then taught via our Founder and CEO, Anthony James. As I’d already handed the examination as soon as, and having spent a couple of years aiding other folks with AWS problems, I felt relatively assured in my skill to effectively sit down the present model of the examination. To get ready, I took the observe examination that’s recently to be had in our AWS Certified Solution Architect – Associate path and reviewed any products and services or options that I obviously didn’t perceive neatly sufficient, or had now not noticed ahead of.
Preparing to take a seat the checks
I paintings higher underneath a cut-off date, so ahead of I began making ready I headed over to the AWS Certification web page (https://aws.amazon.com/certification/) to time table my examination. I selected to time table with Pearson VUE as a result of that they had extra flexibility for scheduling, however the checking out middle I went to additionally products and services PSI, so in the long run at that checking out middle the revel in would were the similar. Then I gave myself 3 days to arrange; feeling relatively assured that this is able to be enough having sat the examination effectively ahead of, and dealing for AWS in the past in a task that applied lots of the wisdom being examined via the examination. In the method of scheduling for the present examination, I spotted that the SAA-C02 – AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Beta was once to be had. As we will be able to be updating our AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate path as briefly as conceivable when the brand new model of the examination is launched, including revel in and information of the beta to our inside knowledge could be very precious. With that during thoughts, I additionally scheduled to take a seat the beta model of the examination again to again with the present model.
With my checks scheduled I set to creating positive I’d have a superb opportunity of passing. This most commonly consisted of reviewing our present AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate path for any topics that I knew weren’t recent for me and taking the observe examination supplied on the finish of the path on the finish of every find out about consultation to steer day after today’s find out about.
Sitting AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C01)
The day ahead of sitting the checks, I made positive to have a just right dinner, did some gentle assessment, and went to mattress with plentiful time to let my thoughts wind the day down. On the checking out day, I didn’t contact any assessment subject material, I’ve discovered that doing this places that data in the leading edge and makes it tougher to keep in mind the rest now not reviewed the day of the examination. I did my customary morning regimen and headed to the checking out middle. There’s a few issues to do ahead of absolutely checking in to the examination middle: test to peer if you want a parking move (maximum checking out facilities will supply one if you want it), and use the restroom despite the fact that you don’t assume you want to. You can’t prevent the take a look at timer as soon as it’s began so whilst you’ll be able to take a spoil mid-exam to make use of the bathroom it could considerably hurt your probabilities of passing.
When you check-in you’ll be supplied with a locker for your own issues; the one merchandise you might be allowed to carry into the checking out setting is the important thing to this locker. With my non-public pieces saved, the take a look at middle workforce had me check in and took my image, and ahead of going into the room requested me to end up my wallet to turn that they had been empty. With the preliminaries out of the best way, I used to be led via a personnel member to a pc in a cubicle the place the personnel member logged in to begin the examination. A dry-erase notice board was once supplied along side over-ear and in-ear (new) earplugs had been to be had within the cubicle. The checking out setting was once most commonly quiet for my first examination so I didn’t make use of those.
As the stakes had been upper for the present model of the examination had been upper I felt extra power in this one, and I did flag a number of questions for assessment. Generally, the tactic of going thru all the questions at the examination answering them as briefly as conceivable and flagging any you aren’t positive of works neatly and can take away the anticipation of encountering exhausting questions when time begins operating down. You are in a position to freely transfer throughout the examination and alter any solutions you select inside the point in time, and you might be supplied with a chance to return to any flagged or unanswered questions while you achieve the top of the examination. This takes a large number of power off of having questions proper the primary time in comparison to different checks the place you will have a unmarried alternative to respond to every query. Sitting the present model took me kind of 55 mins, and I’m satisfied to mention I handed with a significantly better ranking than the primary time I sat the examination.
Sitting AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Beta (SA1-C02)
With the essential paintings of attaining a certification ahead of re:Invent 2019 out of the best way, I signed out of the take a look at middle, and instantly again in to take a seat the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Beta examination. This was once a a lot more comfortable revel in for me with the exception that the kid care middle subsequent door to the checking out middle began their late-morning recess. With earplugs in position, I fired up the examination and took my time to in reality ingest as a lot data from the examination as conceivable. Without violating the long non-disclosure agreements I signed so that you can sit down the examination, I will be able to say that a minimum of the beta model of the brand new examination isn’t as tricky if you recognize the fabric. The taste of the questions is other in a great way the place the target of the examination is extra aligned with the content material. There are a number of new products and services introduced and if I failed the beta examination it was once on account of those new products and services, as I necessarily sat this one chilly. Failing the examination for me was once a wholly appropriate end result as I used to be there for the revel in of sitting the examination.
See you at re:Invent!
This was once a very good problem and revel in for me. The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate was once my first revel in with Linux Academy and the way I began my adventure studying AWS. I think very blessed to now be capable of be a part of the Linux Academy staff serving to all of our superb rookies develop their technical wisdom, and this was once a strategy to carry that complete circle. If you are going to be attending re:Invent this yr please talk over with us at sales space 1837!