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AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate Notes 2018

Curated documentation/study notes on going through the Udemy, Certified Solutions Archictect - Associate 2018 course. These notes are to help myself, as well as, anyone else going through this same course study and prepare for the exam. Thanks!

My Study Practice

While planning out my study schedule, I felt it would be necessary to watch one section a week, starting with Section 2: 1000 ft overview, followed up by 6 days of review (1 - 2 hours a day) solidifying everything I learned. This seems to work for me but might be either too slow or fast for someone else. That's OK! Learn at your own pace until you feel comfortable with the concepts, practices and information given!

The Exam Blueprint

AWS has recently released the updated/new version of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate exam (released February 2018). The old associate exam will no longer be available starting August 12, 2018.

Let's have a look at the details of the exam...

New Exam

Generally easier than previous exam. Across 5 different domains.

Objective Weighting
Design Resilient Architectures 34%
Define Performant Architectures 24%
Specify Secure Applications and Architectures 26%
Design Cost-Optimized Architectures 10%
Define Operationally-Excellent Architectures 6%

Details about this exam:

  • 130 minutes in length
  • 65 questions
  • $150 USD
  • Multiple choice
  • Pass mass based on bell curve
  • Aim for 70%
  • Qualification is valid for 2 years
  • Scenario based questions

Have a look at the Certified Solutions Architect - Associate homepage to get an in-depth look at what to expect for your exam!

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