Passed AWS CSA Assoc


I jam through the course in 4 days  with Linuxacademy, barely passed it above 72%.  I haven't taking a cert or back in school study format since 2001.   I mainly rely on my past IT domain experience, free tier and linuxacademy course/labs/quize/exam/reading materials, as I don't have any existing company/clients with AWS production environment.    I'm taking this course so I can market myself to clients with AWS footprints or planning to be on cloud.  

If you're in my boat, I recommend don't to rush it,  take 2-4 weeks to really prepare, 2-3 hours a day instead of 8-10 hour study days.  Conception retention isn't as good.  During study 4 days, I failed on the first final practice test on linuxacademy course, don't want to throw away $150 and wait 2 more weeks for retake.  Then I went back to orion papers and clicked on every essentials, pointers, and how those relates to exam questions, read white papers. Topics linuxacademy is about 95% spot on, but the actual testing questions throws some twists added options, or some really not covered like elistic ip charge or opswork topic.  But you only need 70% to guarantee a pass as I found out, some can go as lows  68% I'm guessing. 

e.g. For bastion host, they'll throw in windows destop instead of linux, but same idea.  S3 storage encryption at rest policy from customer, select  3 out of 7.  sse, customer own keys, ssl at transit, s3 policy, etc.  Throws you off if you dont know the in/out security options in S3 and definition of at rest encryption.

Within 80 min, I finished it in 35 minutes for 60 questions.  You have to put in the time and get your mind back test oriented state, deductive reasoning, connecting the keywords from selections to the questions.  Good luck with next hopeful to pass AWS.  This is not a brain dump or memorization test, you actually need to get familiar with AWS service, and it's in/out concepts/definitions/rule s.  

Now that I get my associate cert, I hope to land a client with AWS and maybe go for the Pro when the time comes, or go for the dev track.  Big thanks to Linuxacademy on creative follow along course/labs. 

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    Thomas H
    05-17-2017

    Woohoo!  Congrats, Yao.  As you noted, I would not recomend anyone cram for the test in four days - but well done nonetheless. 

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    Tony R
    05-17-2017

    Well done Yao!

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    Phil Z
    05-17-2017

    Congrats, Yao! 

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    Doug V
    05-17-2017

    A pass is a pass, Yao! Like you noted, it's not at all uncommon for students to fail an exam the first time out, even if they are very well prepared, if they have been out of the testing mindset for a while.  That was certainly the case for me. Thanks for sharing your story!


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    David C
    05-17-2017

    Congrats, Yao!

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    Treva W
    05-17-2017

    Thanks for sharing Yao, & congratulations!

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    Elle K
    05-17-2017

    Congratulations, Yao! Thank you for sharing your experience and study suggestions. :D

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    Sean G
    05-17-2017

    Congrats! Great write up!

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    Amy M
    05-17-2017

    Nice job!

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    Emily M
    05-17-2017

    Congratulations, Yao, that's great! 

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    Brandon M
    05-17-2017

    Great work! Thanks so much for sharing your story, and best of luck to you!

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    Terrence C
    05-17-2017

    Thanks for the details and congratulations on your success!

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    Travis T
    05-17-2017

    Congrats Yao!

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    Anthony J
    05-17-2017

    This is fantastic! Great work on your studies! Keep it up!


    I'd love to endorse/recommend you on Linkedin if you want. All you have to do is add me a connection, add Linux Academy as your school. Once you do this post a picture of your cert about passing in your feed and ref me within the original post. Once I see this I'll be able to recommend you for your hard work on your LinkedIn profile.

    Thanks,

    Anthony

    Founder/CEO LinuxAcademy.com | CloudAssessments.com


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    Hunter F
    05-17-2017

    Congratulations! 

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    Kevin J
    05-20-2017

    Well done.

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    Manisha S
    05-21-2017

    Congrats yao! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    Shahan K
    05-22-2017

    Nice post on your experiences with the exam! Congratulations on the pass!

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    Shirley M
    05-22-2017

    Great post on your experience and way to go for passing this!

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    Justin O
    05-22-2017

    Thank you so much for the time you have taken to write the information. Congrats on your achievement.

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