AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Practice Exams
FULLY UPDATED to the new SAA-C02 - AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam version.
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Jon Bonso | AWS Certified Solutions Architect & Developer Associate
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57 points • dwillowtree
Passed in 7 Days - AWS Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-01) - How to Prepare for the Exam
Since many of us have a surplus of free-time at home recently, I thought what better way to spend it than to self-study for some aws certs by applying some Deep Work.
It took me a total of \~22 hours of studying over 7 days using the plan I laid out below. I found the best way to do this was using the Pomodoro Technique: 25 minutes of pure, unadulterated, focused studying, then a 5 minute break to do whatever you want. A great way to track your time here.
I divided studying into two phases:
- Watch the A Cloud Guru Course
- you can watch the videos at 1.5.-1.75 speed
- Read the Solutions Architect Study Guide cover to cover
- Read the Tutorials Dojo Cheat Sheets (these are freaking great!)
- I know a lot of people recommend reading the AWS FAQs but I found these to be just as good if not better
- Jon Bonso Practice Exams (6 exams)
- Whiz Labs Practice Exams (8 exams)
- AWS Official $20 Practice Exam
- Tutorials Dojo Cheat Sheets (again!)
Overall, I found the Jon Bonso practice exams to be more difficult than the actual exam, so don't stress if you're having a hard time with those. However, if you're doing well, you'll knock it out of the park. I can't stress enough how much the Deep Work technique helped, just make sure to follow the cycles and don't look at your phone! I also know this may not be entirely practical as a lot of us are on-call in this industry ;)
Study smarter not harder!
Some Extra Tips:
- get a hard copy of any of the study guide books and underline while you're reading. I find using this tactile method engages your mind much more than using just your eyes- give it a try
- similarly, write your notes by hand instead of typing- anything you find important read and write it (much more cognitively demanding than watching or listening to a video)
- use the deep work timer I mentioned above, you'll find yourself wanting to keep that streak going and its motivating to see how much time you're spending studying
4 points • checkoutchannelnine
6 points • satelite_
Passed my CCP on April 27th and started preparing for SAA-C02 and passed it yesterday May 15th.
Starting with CCP helped me a lot for SAA.
- Stephane Maarek's Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2020( .
- Adrian Cantrill's AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02)
- Jon Bonso's Practice Tests & Cheatsheets
- AWS Free Tier Practice, White Papers & Google
- Youtube videos listening while driving, cooking, sleeping and in restroom.
-Stephane's course is great. Covers most of the topic on exam, to the point, sometime feels rushed.
-Adrian Course is very detailed but due to average long videos, it was hard to keep focus sometime but overall great course and his explanations are gold.
-Jon Bonso's tests are diamond. I couldn't have passed without those. I learnt more from his test question explanations. Very detailed. Highly recommend to purchase from tutirioldojo site instead of udemy.
- Got 4 policy reading JSON questions which i was expecting may be one.
- EC2, VPC, SQS, FSx, Kinesis stream.
- Exam was tougher than i was expecting.
- Only 2 minute was remaining when i finished the test, because all questions were scenario based and i had to think like 'what i would do ?' in this situation to address this issue, which helped.
My goal is to eventually become DevOps engineer. Hopefully by end of this year or may be next.
1 points • cgoble1
just the practice exams
1 points • digiplay
Is there any way to apply this service to this practice test? I assume it’s only based on instructor so no. But I figured I’d ask. I’m not sure I see practice tests go on sale.
7 points • nileshsoni75
Free resources for passing Solution Architect Associate certification (SAA-C02)
I am planning to appear for SAA-C02 test within next 3 weeks. I am studying since last 4-5 weeks and finished following free courses till now.
- LinuxAcademy - Project Omega/AWS Essentials course + practice on AWS (with Free tier account)
- AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials (Second Edition) (aws.training course)
- Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (Digital) (aws.training course)
- Couple of free online tests (filled the gap wherever i was lagging after the test)
Next, I am planning to read/appear for the following:
- White papers
- More free online tests
- Are these resources sufficient or I am missing something very important?
- Do I need to use paid resources like course from Stephane Maarek and practice test by Jon Bonso?
Your responses will be greatly appreciated :-)
9 points • cpoosapathi
Passed SAA co1
I took the SAA exam a few days back and passed with a score of 913. I want to thank all of you for sharing your hurdles, experience, and getting me through this journey so I want to share my experience with my fellow aspirants who are planning to take SAA.
I have a fair amount of aws experience along with network administration from my previous workplace. I was working at a co-op(intern) position which definitely help me understand the cloud environment and the importance of certifications in the industry. so, after my co-op term ended, I started preparing for SAA, it took about a month, dedicating anywhere from 1 to 8 hours a day (an average of around 4 hours, I would say). I started with Stephane's course watched all the videos in 4-5 days, took 2/6 of jons bonso practice test scored 76, 72 I barely passed I knew I wasn’t able to retain all of Stephane content since I played them super fast, so this time I watched and followed his hands-on which took about a week more to complete, but this time I was pretty confident and took all the other tests from jons course and scored 82,79,86,90. I wanted to schedule the test but was hesitant so took neal's course since I was able to memorize all the answers from jons course there was no point in retaking those tests. I did all of neals practice tests with scores around 75-85. I went through all the tests, reviewed my mistakes watched some YouTube videos and whitepapers on topics I felt I was weak and re-toke neals and jons tests scored around 90-95 in all, was pretty confident by now, scheduled the test for the next day and whoaalaaa PASSS
The actual test was pretty easy compared to the practice tests they are a very good way to test ourselves, I feel the best way to succeed is to test ourselves with multiple new practice test since there are a lot of em available online.
· Lots and lots of questions regarding load balancers
· Awful lot of questions(atleast 5) about DynamoDB math and selection which was super weird, like for a while I felt like I was sitting for the dev test I was lucky that I went through some YouTube videos before
· Aurora reader/writer endpoints
· Redshift cross region snapshot for DR
· Usual RDS MultiAZ questions
· Lots of various ec2 combinations
· VPC security questions, like default NACLs, security group questions
· 3-5 from SQS, SNS, Cognito
· Usual lambda questions (remember the max 15 mins execution time)
· Cloudtrail vs S3 access logs
· Selection criteria for various storage tiers form S3, EFS, EBS
· Didn’t get many encryption questions like other here
· Selection between beanstalk and cloudformation
Everyone on Reddit knows that stephanes with jons course is the best combo but I would like to add neals course to the package. Finally if students are able to score above 80% in all the tests I would say they are ready for the test no need to overprepare.
A special thanks for jon, neal and stephane for putting so much time and effort in making such materials for us students. I am also thankful for all the guidance and resources I received here on the Reddit, couldn't have done without you guys.
2 points • tisoy_
Best of luck!
1 points • IndianGuy79
Note that, when I purchased, SAA-C02 material was not in it, but both instructors do fantastic job at keeping it up to date.
1 points • rishabkumar7
1 points • TirEoghainAbu
The practice exams are on udemy - you have to purchase those
CO1 and CO2 content is mostly the same, the only difference is the high performance computing aspect and a few new services
If you understand the core aspects of the services you'll be okay. Jon's practice tests are very tough, they're the closest thing you'll get to the exam questions so I'd advise buying now and doing as many tests as you can. Take notes on the areas you're always having issues with. And also, always take time to read the question, you'd be surprised how many times the question points you to the answer
1 points • Alverting
I used Jon Bonso's practice exams from Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/course/aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-amazon-practice-exams-saa-c02/
Once I finished Acloud guru's course, I wanted another course to fill in the gap. I found Adrian's course, but I didn't complete it (Only completed about 70% of the course).
Many people recommend Stephane Mareek's Udemy course as well, but by the time I found out about his course, I was already deep into Adrian's course.
1 points • tha_sauce
>I alsoo have my exam scheduled for 21st March and I have done Pearson VUE practice tests. Could you share Jon Bonso's practice test with me? I will like to also make
Think you might be able to get the course on Udemy for less than $20. (https://www.udemy.com/course/aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-amazon-practice-exams-saa-c02/)
1 points • AWS_2019
1 points • mrsfelgal
3 points • sakkie69
1 points • dhubach
I believe this is for the new test.
These are the practice test.
All the information / material to pass the test can be found in these two courses. Wait a little for them to be on sale and you can get them for very cheap.