Passed earlier today, so no idea year yet on actual mark or breakdown – probably for the best as I did find it tough, so I don’t think I cleared it by much.
Might have been my time management, or the length of some of the question (and answers), but even at 3 hours I had to speed up towards the end. That is a long time for full concentration which is needed as a lot of it is making sure you have understood the question properly. There were a number where there were missing a couple of non-technology words would have made me think through the question all wrong (least expensive, least disruptive, etc).
Primary source for study was the Cloud Guru course (no surprise there). I went through the white papers after completing the course. I hadn’t planned it, but as a lot of the white papers follow a similar format, reading them one after another I was able to get a lot of detail while reading quickly. Not sure it was anything clever like speed reading or skimming, but that was my experience.
Secondary source was Jayendra’s Blog his study note, specifically;
I wasn’t sure how well I was prepared, so I did get the Udemy practice tests as well (I got it for $12.99). I didn’t do them under test conditions, so didn’t know exactly how ready I was. This is as if I felt I didn’t the detail of the answers (even the ones I knew were wrong), then I’d pause the test and go over that subject. I never recall question detail after coming out of an exam, but this method certainly improved my understanding of areas like CloudFront and Cloud Formation which were key in the exam.
Security (IAM policies, roles, organizations)
Lots of needing to know best storage option, including storage gateway.
Options for hybrid / on-prem. I think this is one area where the course covered it very well.
Serverless – these are ones I took most time over, maybe due to me being more infrastructure focussed rather than app.
Having a broad knowledge of purpose of all the various AWS services. Just knowing what (for example) Kibana, Macie, Mechanical Turk, do were helpful in ruling in / out options when they were mentioned.
Congratulations!!! Thank you very much for sharing your inputs…. Had a couple of questions….
1. Which specific cloudguru’s course did you take? 2. I am assuming you cleared your AWS SA – Associate, how much time do you think one has to put in after completing associate to be in a decent shape for this exam
Once again Many Congratulations!!!!
Deepak how long would it take for someone who has cleared the Associate exam to prepare for the Professional exam
Congrats! I think jayendrapatil‘s blog is not updated yet. It is showing the domains for the old SAP-C00 exam. Anyways, you are an AWS Pro now!
thank you for sharing these tips and congratulations for passing the exam! There are a lot of practice tests in Udemy, which one did you used?