Thanks ACG! I passed the SAP-C01 on June 11th with a score of 867. My first attempt was in January and was not successful. I’ve been hyper focused since then on preparing for the exam and passing it. The first exam wasn’t as tough as this one—although it was still quite difficult. The exam I just passed was insane in-terms of the level of difficulty and the length of the questions and answers. I had approximately 20 question that literally filled the screen and I had to scroll to see the answers. This was the most difficult exam I’ve ever taken—bar none! The most intimidating aspect was that the long questions were in blocks of 3 to 5 questions back-to-back and I had very little mental relief during the exam. I answered the last question with 12 minutes to spare and had enough time to review the questions I had flagged.
My advice to everyone is to pay attention to the details others have posted on ACG and build your mental endurance to help you complete the exam with time to spare, so that you can review questions you we’re not sure about. Scott’s practice exam is long and very realistic in-terms of content and difficulty level, so it was great to have his course to prepare me for this exam.
In addition, I use Jon Bonso’s practice tests and they are also top notch and quite realistic in-terms of content, so definitely use those to your advantage. I want to give a shout-out to Ryan Kroonenburg as well, because taking his SAA course helped fill in some gaps that I really needed to get me to the next level.
As far as the types of questions I had see below:
Mechanical Turk – Know which services it supports SQS,SNS,SWF
Transit Gateways – multiple questions
Direct Connect – lots of these on cost efficiency, performance and HA with VPN
AWS Organizations – SCPs, member accounts, root account not affected by SCPs, invite member accounts
IAM – understand when and how roles are used
Snowball,Snowball Edge, Snowmobile – 50-80 TB vs 100 TB and usable space
DynamoDB – Global Tables, Lambda,DAX
API Gateway – Lambda, timeouts
Autoscaling Groups – EC2 vs. ELB
Cloudfront – Lambda@Edge, OAI
Route53 – AAAA records vs. CNAME vs. Alias records
RDS – Aurora and Aurora Serverless, MySQL and PostGreSQL
ElastiCache – know the differences in memcached and Redis
Tons of HA,fault tolerant, cost effective and easiest solution to implement
Systems Manager – Patch Manager, Run Command, Maintenance Windows
S3 – ACLs, bucket policies, signed urls, durable storage
ElasticBeanstalk – All at Once, Rolling with batch, immutable etc.
OpsWorks – stacks
EFS vs. GP2 and cost effectiveness
FsX and FsX for Lustre – enterprise workloads vs. high performance workloads
Migration from Oracle to RDS
Server Migration Service
For anyone preparing for this exam, again, pay attention to the posts here as they are quite realistic and this exam is no joke. Put in your time and learn the material; however, you have to practice taking the tests to make sure you build up your endurance for the barrage of difficult questions you will have to answer. Good luck and thanks again ACG!
Congratulations! Thanks for the detailed feedback.
Congrats Jad and thanks for the tips and write-up. Definitely will help future students!