After 3 hours exausting exam, finally I managed pass AWS Solution Architect Professional Exam with 87.5% this Monday, and it is my 1st AWS certificate.
I have been working in IT for 20+ years with very limited AWS experience. Initially I planned to start with SA associate, but later decided to jump to SA Pro (to save some exam fee).
Stephane Maarek : AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional 2021
practise: braincert, Jon Bonso
white papers listed on SA pro exam. read once – twice, as they are easy to me.
deep dive – none. most are good to learn but irrelevant to test.
many tutorial to understand how AWS works.
300-350 hours. 2 hours per weekday; 4-6 hours on Saturday/Sunday.
watched Stephane’s video twice
deck : 5+ times. key slide – 10 times. it is extremely condensed, each line/work/diagram is important.
- I finished Braincert(7 test) and Jon Bonso(4 test) pratice twice.
1st round score:
Jon Bonso: 70-75
2nd round score:
Jon Bonso: 80-88
Braincert and Jon Bonso has some overlapping questions, and they have different answer on 3~5 questions. Fortunately those questions didn’t show up in my test.
Braincert: overall good with a few caveat:
more typo. answers may not be convincing enough. question can be vague.
format is slightly different from real test.
Jon Bonso: better.
No typo. answers are more convincing.
format is quite close to real test.
all questions are crystal clear. and choices have differences, and answers are 100% certain.
not ridiculously long, all fit in 1 screen.
there will be something unknown. stay calm.
I don’t recall any questions on exact command or parameters.
Some said real test is easier, it is NOT:
question/answers cover same level of knowledge (more and/or higher!).
questions/answers are just clearer than practise.
You can still score higher, because the score is measured very differently from praticse:
Real test score is weighted score by comparing your result to others. Pracice score is absolute score.
Most question/answers take whole screen. many questions are like below:
A1 (1 word difference from A)
B1 (1 word difference from B)
I am not native English speakers, but I didn’t 30 take minutes of accommodation, since 3 hours are long enough.
Initial run took 2.5 hours or so with 25% questions marked for review.
In the middle of the test, I felt strongly I might be failing, since I encountered quite a few questions which I had no idea at all:
AWS RDS proxy vs connection pool?
couple of questions on private host zone / DNS setting.
add 1 more subnet to existing VPC. long question/answer.
7~10 questions are direct copy from braincert/Jon Bonso, so you shouldn’t make mistake with those questions.
You must understand the key word/concept to answer it correctly.
I learned a lot from Justin Wheeler and Mukul Gopal’s post. Special thanks for their sharing.