Abstract: In order to meet the demand from the company and of personal career development, I chose to take the AWS solution architect associate exam recently. The whole process is quite difficult, but I’ve got a lot of experience. Here I’d like to share my experience with you. I hope it will help you. There are 5 people who have obtained the certification (2 professional solution architects and 3 assistant solution architects), so I have accumulated some experience in preparing AWS certification.
Only the certified who have got assistant solution architects can they be qualified to participate in the professional AWS certification exam of corresponding categories. Overall, assistant level is relatively easy, while professional level is quite difficult. (My number after the examination is close to 1200, but the number of a colleague of mine passed in June last year was just more than 500. So there were only over 600 people passed the exam in more than a year. And a considerable number of AWS own employees are included in all certified). Because it is difficult, it is said that there are also training courses. Fortunately, both before and now companies use AWS, and they still have a lot of practice and experience. After centralized self-study before the exam, they finally passed the professional certification exam of Solutions Architect. Through this process, we can say that on the one hand, we are officially recognized by Amazon AWS which can help us gain more opportunities in our career. On the other hand, more importantly, this process can greatly improve our ability, enhance our understanding about architecture design, AWS services and cloud computing. Therefore, the preparations and efforts in this process are absolute worthy.
The above are the introduction and my personal views about AWS certification. Then, take Solutions Architect professional certification as an example, I will introduce the content, difficulties and test preparation experience.
We can say that the whole exam focuses on one problem, that is, how to use AWS cloud computing technology to better solve the problems encountered by enterprises in various application practice.
The following characteristics are found in the content, and these characteristics also determine the value and threshold of AWS certification test. Currently, the language we can use in this test are only English and Japanese. And we can only choose English. The most basic problem to solve is to quickly understand the questions and finally can basically finish them. The whole examination time is 170 minutes. The number of questions is 80, and the average time you do each question is 2 minutes. Including the content of the options, the length of each question is between 150 and 350 words, and most of the questions are more than half screen in the computer test, which requires a high speed of reading comprehension and the ability to obtain information quickly and accurately. We can say that the whole process of the examination is highly tense nearly three hours.
There is another difficulty. We are not familiar with many scenes involved in the examination, and the content is also not familiar to us. We need to make decisions on the spot, and it is in a highly tense process, which tests our usual accumulation, ability and psychological quality. Therefore, English is a barrier for us, in which we are likely to stuck. For this, the short-term improvement can be achieved by reading more English documents and blog articles of AWS, and getting familiar with the content of sample questions and practice exam topics, so as to quickly extract the design requirements from the topics and get familiar with various statements.
From the basic principle of meeting the enterprise IT system requirements and architecture design, it is to ensure the quality of product services on the basis of ensuring product functions, that is, high availability, high performance, safety, reliability, flexibility, scalability, easy deployment and management, low cost, etc. The difference is that AWS provides a flexible and on-demand programmable basic platform, which is the shoulder of a giant. We need to combine with AWS to provide and manage enterprise IT systems and business systems in a more efficient way, with lower cost, faster speed and more reliable architecture.
The most intuitive thing is that there will be a lot of questions in the exam, which will appear in a real problem scenario. We need to use common architecture design experience and AWS service knowledge to solve the problem and make a quick judgment. Therefore, to a certain extent, the exam investigates our usual accumulation and consciousness. The process of AWS certification exam(spoto saa) is too long, arduous and tense due to the large number of questions, wide range of contents, so here are some advice:
Prepare Functional Beverage
Question after question, one by one longer, 3 hours 80 questions. The whole process is very energy consuming.
Chose A Proper Test Site
AWS provides many exam sites around the country. You had better get some knowledge about your test site. Try to choose a quiet test site with good network conditions. In addition, you can prepare a pair of earplugs just in case of noise.
Arrange Your Pace Wisely
The pace of the process of exam needs to be well controlled. For certain questions, we must be determined to do the next one immediately, and no longer confirm it. This will buy time for some questions and the final completion. If you plan to spend equal time on each question, it is almost an ideal.
Learn To Give Up
According to your individual psychological quality, learn to give up some questions properly. If some questions are too long to understand, don’t be stuck in them. Choose one first, record it on the paper, and look back when you have time (although it’s hard to have time to look back).
Easy Questions First
It’s better to keep at least two or three questions ahead of the total time of the examination process, especially for the students with not good psychological quality. When you are finishing the last 10 questions, choose easier questions first. Finish questions with less content and less difficulty. Record the questions you haven’t finished yet, then come back and try to solve them. Spend more time on questions that you have confidence to choose the right answer. If you don’t have confidence in some questions, decisively pick one.