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Passed AWS CSA Assoc

I made it! After being certain I flunked it (because the question were so different from the course material/practise exams), I actually ended up with an 85%.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing the course videos. Even less the practise exams - it's not that surprising they aren't an exact replica of the real exam. They did help by sheer repetition (I lost count how many I did For Practise and can't be bothered to look up how many I did For Real), but I believe what really got me over the line were flashcard decks. Over and over. And the advice to read the whitepapers.

Interestingly enough I got a mere 40% in one area, balanced by a 97% and 100% in two others. That was enough, together with the fourth area, to secure the decent overall score, likely due to the higher weighting of the ones I did well on.

So, my summary for others:

- do the practise exams until you want to scream, not just the 3 required times. Do them until you consistently score >90% every time, no exceptions, no outliers.
- flashcards, flashcards, flashcards.
- for heaven's sake, read those AWS whitepapers. All Of Them! There are nuggets in there that will promptly pop up in the exam. Out of the way details that can't and aren't being covered in the course. They *will* pop up like an inverted rake you left on the lawn and which you will promptly step on.
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    David C
    05-04-2018

    Congrats, Michael and your feedback is great!

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    Craig A
    05-04-2018

    Great job, Michael. And great feedback!

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    Kenneth A
    05-04-2018

    Good job, Michael!

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    Trey H
    05-04-2018

    Great work, Michael! Thanks for the feedback.

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    Elle K
    05-04-2018

    Congratulations, Michael!

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    Andru E
    05-04-2018

    Great job, and great advice! Congrats on your pass!

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    Keith T
    05-04-2018

    Congratulations Michael! Thanks for the advice.

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    Scott T
    05-04-2018

    Heh, I'm digging your metaphors, Michael. :-) Thanks for passing on  the tips, and congrats on passing!

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    Wayde G
    05-04-2018

    Great job! Congrats!

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    Winnie G
    05-04-2018

    Hard work pays off - congrats on the achievement, Michael! And thank you for the tips for future test-takers! 

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    Chad M
    05-04-2018

    High five!

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    Joseph L
    05-04-2018

    Great advice, Michael! Congratulations for pulling it all together :)

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    Kim H
    05-04-2018

    AWSome job and cngratulations Michael! Thank you for sharing your feedback and experience!

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    Trent H
    05-04-2018

    Nice work, Michael! Congrats!

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    Sean G
    05-04-2018

    What a rockstar ! Did you take the updated version maybe? Our course is still set for the prior version which is available until August. We're working on updates to match the new objectives.

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    Roberto V
    05-04-2018

    Congratulations, Michael! Love the rake analogy that you used there at the end. Good luck on your next journey!

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    Will B
    05-04-2018

    Great work, Michael!

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    Fernando M
    05-04-2018

    Awesome work Michael! Congrats on passing - sounds like your hard work paid off! 

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    Travis T
    05-04-2018

    Your hard work paid off Michael! What’s next for you?

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    Amy M
    05-04-2018

    Congrats!

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    Matthew P
    05-04-2018

    What a great feeling! Congrats!

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    Karen L
    05-04-2018

    Great job, Michael!

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    Patrick S
    05-04-2018

    Congrats!!

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    James H
    05-04-2018

    Congrats Michael! So glad to be a part of your journey! " They *will* pop up like an inverted rake you left on the lawn and which you will promptly step on." Has me giggling.

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    Davis E
    05-04-2018

    Congrats! It always feels good to see a good result after thinking you did poorly. Is this your first certification? That's some awesome advice, too. 

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    Tony C
    05-04-2018

    Great job!

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    Angie B
    05-04-2018

    Nice work! Congratulations on such great success!

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    Treva W
    05-04-2018

    Congratulations, Michael!

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    Shawna R
    05-05-2018

    Congratulations Michael...and thank you for sharing the details of your "learning" and "testing" experiences...great advice!

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    Predrag D
    05-05-2018

    CONGRATULATIONS

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    Kayur S
    05-05-2018

    Congrats Michael!  did you take the new version (2018) or the old version of the SA test?

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    Michael H
    05-05-2018

     @shahkayur I played it safe and chose the old version as it matched the current LA course.

    It seems there may be a similar transition for the Developer Associate, so it will be interesting how quickly LA adjust their course.

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    Thomas H
    05-06-2018

    Woohoo!  Congrats, Michael!

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    Anthony S
    05-07-2018

    AWSome, Michael!  You did it!

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    Shirley M
    05-08-2018

    Great score!  Congrats to you and thanks for the helpful advice to students.

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    Anthony J
    05-16-2018

    Congratulations Micheal!

    I’d love to endorse/recommend you on LinkedIn if you want. All you have to do is add me as a connection and add Linux Academy as your school. Once you do that, post a picture of your cert about passing in your feed and reference 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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