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Stephane Maarek | AWS Certified Solutions Architect & Developer Associate

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r/AWSCertifications • comment
2 points • Just_came_for_snacks

here you go! this one is for the Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2020. He has many others on there, depending on what interests you. Have fun!

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6 points • satelite_
Passed SAA-C02

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.


  1. Stephane Maarek's Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2020( .
  2. Adrian Cantrill's AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C02)
  3. Jon Bonso's Practice Tests & Cheatsheets
  4. AWS Free Tier Practice, White Papers & Google
  5. Youtube videos listening while driving, cooking, sleeping and in restroom.

Resource Review:

-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.

Actual Exam:

  1. Got 4 policy reading JSON questions which i was expecting may be one.
  2. EC2, VPC, SQS, FSx, Kinesis stream.
  3. Exam was tougher than i was expecting.
  4. 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.

r/AWSCertifications • comment
1 points • GoAWS2020


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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) (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
  • 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 :-)

r/AWSCertifications • comment
1 points • IndianGuy79

This is the course - https://www.udemy.com/course/aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-saa-c02/

I purchased it in 2019, but Stephane keeps it up to date and even added SCA-002 material to same course.

r/ITCareerQuestions • comment
1 points • IntellectualKittens


Do you mean that course?

r/recruitinghell • comment
1 points • Nocturnus_Stefanus

AWS and container tech is SUPER useful!! It's a shame that many places think Docker/K8s is a given on an entry level job req though. Still, that stuff is next on my list. I really want to get into cloud technology, tbh, which is why I started the CCNA (also on Udemy). I feel like learning CCNA will give me more value in the eyes of businesses, and on the side may help me branch into the IoT world within embedded systems.

Is this the AWS course? -> "Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate 2020" ... This one sounds good. Might enroll.

Lol, thanks for the compliment but there isn't much to be jealous of. I do appreciate having the (somewhat) deep knowledge of comp architecture, but once you go any higher up than embedded, and even some places within embedded, there is no use for that knowledge. OS is the deepest any SWE should have to know. But if you want to learn, there are plenty of good blogs/vlogs that can explain a lot of the hardware efficiently!

We've both got good things coming, I feel it. Keep focused :)

r/AWSCertifications • comment
1 points • AWS_2019


I passed the CCP recently too. When you take the next Maarek course, you'll find some overlap and will be able to take the SAA very soon.

Here it is with a coupon applied.

r/AWSCertifications • post
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 https://www.udemy.com/course/aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-amazon-practice-exams-saa-c02/

neals course https://www.udemy.com/course/aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-practice-tests-k/

stephane course https://www.udemy.com/course/aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-saa-c02/

r/AWSCertifications • comment
2 points • tisoy_



Best of luck!

r/AWSCertifications • comment
2 points • thegoodfool

To elaborate on this, use this link (Datacumulus is Stephanes website):


which is ultimately a redirect to:


r/learnprogramming • comment
1 points • Kropius

I was simply asking for an opinion on what are the best resources to learn AWS. Usually when I want to learn something new i find some playlists on youtube, and then make my own project.
Done my research already on AWS, found something which looks good on udemy:


but there are some othere resources like:

linux academy
and there was another resources but i am having a lapsus right now on it.

r/AWSCertifications • comment
1 points • imgowtham

You will find a dedicated section allotted for these kind of real life implementation in the course which I shared to you. Kindly purchase it and you will find it useful.

Purchase it here.


r/AWSCertifications • comment
1 points • mrsfelgal

Stephane Maareck's SAA Course

Jon Bonso's SAA Exams


Thank you and good luck!

r/QualityAssurance • comment
1 points • kspsksps

Sure :)

There is one called Cloud Practitioner, it is like an entrypoint for AWS World. However, this one is very simple since all knowledge for that is covered in SAA and DA.

SAA: Solution Architect Associate -> Focused on designing product solutions in AWS using AWS Tools. That is good for QA because, since you have a good overview experience in different products, you can grow your career to work as a Software Architect in the future. After that, you can study for SAP (Solution Architect Professional), that it is a complete and powerful experience for your career in relation to AWS.

DA: Developer Associate -> Good for SW developers to understand in a deeper way how some of those tools work. That is ok for a QA to try this, but mostly recommeded for SW Developers. The next stage is DEP (Devops Engineer Professional) - I don't understand too much about this one, but it is more focused on the tools as well.

As a QA, focusing on learning SW Architectures makes a lot of difference. You can have a wide vision about how the SW works and since you already have a quality vision, you can prevent more issues. Developers usually are focused on the specific details, and not on the integration.

I was working for SAA but I needed to stop due to family issues. But I intend to try this one until the end of this year. I was studying using this course from Udemy:


Stay safe! Greetings from Brazil :)

r/AWSCertifications • comment
1 points • classicrock40

I passed recently and I used the Stephane Marek videos + sample test and the bonso sample tests. I'd say the bonso ones cover some extra topics and are more complex than the exam. I took the stephane test until I got 90+ and bonso until 80+.

For me, you start at the top, write down all the basic services and acronyms then a quick definition. Then its scenarios for availability and cost.

Anyway, these videos were great and have notes on which is the 02 material (I have no connection or interest, I just found this to a good study material)


r/AWSCertifications • comment
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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2 points • lastusrnameonearth
Passed AWS SAA C01 this afternoon

Did the At-Home Online Proctored exam. You must take a picture of yourself, your ID and your workstation setup (front, back, and both sides) The registration and setup took about 5 minutes from the time I hit "Begin"

I haven't received my score but the final screen showed "PASS". Looks like it could take up to 5 days to post the results, unsure if anyone else has done an Online Proctored but I'd like to know how long it took for the results to post.

Study time:

About 1 month, maybe less. I started everything June 6th.

Study Materials:



  • https://tutorialsdojo.com/aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-saa-c02/
  • These will get you into the mindset; everyone knows this and these questions are SPOT on
  • NO this is not a DUMP of exact questions - that's unethical
  • BUT these questions are very similar to help you understand how to think through a question, use the things u/stephanemaarek talked about needing to remember in how to think like an architect and the simple understanding of the services in the ExamPro

My experience :

15 years in IT - help desk, level 2 desktop support. Admin for Linux, Windows, SCCM, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, F5 LTM, GTM, WAF, SSL/TLS certificate management, Windows Security


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2 points • rmathisen
SA - which resource would you say is best to study?

I'm looking for resources to study for the SAA....I just passed the CCP yesterday, but overall, I wouldn't consider myself to have the most in depth understanding of a lot of IT concepts, so I'd want an ELI5 teaching approach that really breaks down the fundamentals...That being said, ....

It seems like most people are agreeing that Jon Bonso's exams are the best ( Home - Tutorials Dojo )

.....or, Stephane Maarek's ( Practice Exams | AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate | Udemy )


But, what study material do you think is the best?...Which gives you the most practice, rather than just video watching?


Adrian Cantill ( Homepage | learn.cantrill.io )

Stephane Maarek ( Ultimate AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (SAA) | Udemy )

A Cloud Guru ( Dashboard - A Cloud Guru )

freeCodeCamp ( AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate 2020 (PASS THE EXAM!) - YouTube )

Udacity ( AWS Cloud Architect Online Course (udacity.com) )

CBT Nuggets ( AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate - SAA-C01 - SAA-C02 - AWS Certification Training | CBT Nuggets )

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2 points • ronmis
Passed SAA-C01 with a score of 977/1000

I passed the SAA-C01 a couple of days back. Test was much easier than I thought it would be.

I used the following to prepare

  1. Stephane Maarek's Udemy Course - https://www.udemy.com/course/aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-saa-c02/
  2. Jon Bonso's Practice Tests - https://portal.tutorialsdojo.com/product/aws-certified-solutions-architect-associate-practice-exams-2020/

I also used the following cheat sheets prepared by this awesome community

  1. https://github.com/undergroundwires/AWS-in-bullet-points
  2. https://github.com/alozano-77/AWS-SAA-C02-Course
  3. https://digitalcloud.training/certification-training/aws-solutions-architect-associate/

I studied for about 6 weeks, 2 hours a day. Once I finished with the Udemy course I spent a couple of weeks on the Bonso tests, the first 3 tests I took, I failed, then I went back to the Udemy course, reviewed the services I was weak in and then took the Bonso tests again scored around 90-95% this time.

Took the exam at 1AM, test began on time and I completed answering all questions in about 20 minutes, then spent the next 40 minutes reviewing all the answers, changed one of my answers before ending the exam in an hour. I was confident I'll pass but was very pleased to see the high score.

Let me know if y'all have questions.

Big thank you to this community who directed me towards the right course/practice tests/cheat sheets

I bought Stephen + Jon's developer associate course/tests and hope to give the exam in a month