AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Practice Exams

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Jon Bonso | AWS Solutions Architect,AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner


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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:

Phase 1:

Phase 2:

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

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4 points • checkoutchannelnine
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5 points • Fawkzzz
Pass my SAA-C02 exam tonight! Bridge curriculum to DevOps Associate?

I'm super stoked to say I passed my SAA-C02 exam tonight. I had the exam scheduled for tomorrow and got antsy and rescheduled it for this evening. I read somewhere that the jump from SAA to the DevOps exam is minimal. Can anyone please share their experience going from SAA -> DevOps?

My study included:

  • Stephane Maarek's Udemy Course:
  • Jon Bonso's 6 practice exams through Tutorials Dojo:

I had some hands-on learned experience in Azure prior to studying AWS, but it was minimal. I completed Stephane's course, and it was great. I went through and re-did all of the quizzes in his course the day of the exam for light practice. I paid for Jon Bonso's practice exams and realized I was underprepared. I read through every question and the answers, with a lot of focus on why the wrong answers were wrong. I'm reiterating what a lot of folks share on the sub. Stephane and Jon are both fantastic at what they do.

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1 points • cgoble1

just the practice exams

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1 points • admiralsj

I highly recommend the Jon Bonso practice exams on Udemy. When you review the questions after the exam you get detailed explanations, diagrams and links to the relevant docs for each question.

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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.

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7 points • nileshsoni75
Free resources for passing Solution Architect Associate certification (SAA-C02)

Hello Folks,

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) ( course)
  • Exam Readiness: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (Digital) ( 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
  • FAQs
  • More free online tests

My queries:

  1. Are these resources sufficient or I am missing something very important?
  2. Do I need to use paid resources like course from Stephane Maarek and practice test by Jon Bonso?

Your responses will be greatly appreciated :-)

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7 points • cscquser


Official AWS Solutions Architect Guide

In-depth practice exams with full explanations as to why answers are right and wrong:
Jon Bonso Exams

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4 points • upbeat_table

Udemy courses:

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9 points • cpoosapathi
Passed SAA co1

Hi everyone,

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.

Test Observations

· 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.


jons course

neals course

stephane course

r/AWSCertifications • comment
2 points • tisoy_

Best of luck!

r/devops • comment
2 points • gordonv


Start with the AWS Solutions Architect Associates Cert.


I started in November 2019 from 20 years of IT, web/LAMP, Sysadmin experience, programming. But zero cloud, zero Python.

This is going to intro you to the way AWS works. It's different. And this doesn't even cover most of it. Just the basics like what an S3 is.

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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. (

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1 points • Alverting


I used Jon Bonso's practice exams from Udemy:


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.

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1 points • AWS_2019


I found this low price for the Jon Bonso tests if others are interested. This is a good page for lower prices on udemy.

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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

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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.

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1 points • rishabkumar7

I went with Whizlabs, but will highly recommend Jon Bonso's practice exams.

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1 points • mrsfelgal

Stephane Maareck's SAA Course

Jon Bonso's SAA Exams


Thank you and good luck!

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1 points • classicrock40

You and I come from similar backgrounds. I've been working in the cloud space for a while now. Surprise! They are all based on the same high level primitives and have many of the same services.

For SAA, I recommend Udemy/Stefane Maarek . Great, methodical overviews and hands on labs too. Practice test at the end but if you want more go for the Jon Bonso course

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2 points • Then-Nefariousness-1

congrats bro - any advise - my exam will be on 18th which is next 4 days

i also attend udemy - stephane marek


and the practice exam from jhon bonso


any suggestion how should i prepare 3 days before this exam ? seems thiss one is my first attempt and i hope can pass this Thanks

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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.

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1 points • kenneth-samonte

Oh, really? Udemy doesn't show it on search? :(
here's our Associate course:
the Professional course:


Better yet, bookmark the Jon Bonso page, so you can view all his courses on udemy:


Kenneth (Tutorials Dojo)

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-1 points • cmann321

There is just a couple new topics between the updated C01 and C02 but the following link outlines the blueprint change as well as what you need to know

In my experience ACG were not sufficient enough to pass the course, the practice papers at the end had a number of mistakes in them and course resource alone was not good enough for me to pass the exam. When doing more research, there were a number of people that felt the same or had a similar experience.

I would advise Stephane Maareks udemy course which ill link below and the Jon Bonzo practice exams. Both update their content to adapt to new technologies and or changes relevant to the exam. I currently use these for the next cert I am studying for.

This is not to say ACG are useless, because they are not. It's still a good way to get exposure to AWS and the information is relevant. I personally felt it was just lacking in some parts and felt let down by the practice papers at the end when I compared it to my actual exam. But hey, that was my experience.

This youtube channel has great content for a number of exams. However, the free course he provides is for the old exam.

Advised course and practice paper links
lengthy message but I hope it helps