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Passed - AWS Certified Developer - Associate Exam

I'd like to provide tips for others in bullet form:

  • Few of the questions were one-liners, maybe three out of the 65. Nearly all were wordy scenario-bases questions with wordy answers to read through. If you get one-liners, you're lucky. :)
  • When you take practice tests, prefer wordy ones that will take your timer down to the wire. I had 10-15 minutes left on my exam.
  • AWS Services with major emphasis: Elastic Beanstalk, CodeBuild, CodeDeploy, DynamoDB, s3, ElastiCache, ECS, RDS, AWS API, SNS, SQS. Know these inside and out and, better yet, how to combine them. Again, think scenarios. For example, CodeDeploy to update ECS; or how to get human approvals with CodePipeline. You'll also want to know the components of SQS messages.
  • They're  really looking for developer-like thinking, so you won't get too many simple questions like "What is the maximum message size for SQS?" LoL More like, performance, migrating from on-prem to a AWS equivalents and how you might re-factor your app, and things not working questions... and  then you have think about it as you mull the answers.
  • Don't fret though. Use process of elimination. That can help, but read carefully the answers, then re-read them before eliminating them. They can be sneaky.
  • Also, sometimes two answers are equally correct but you can only choose one. What to do! Well if you get those -- as I did where the solution could be either RDS or DynamoDB -- prefer the serverless option first! Next, the more secure option. Next, the cheapest or easiset option (i.e. fewest services).
  • Learn how to read a SAML XML document. A question came up on that and what it (the document) entitled the requesting app. SAML docs aren't huge and if you dissect one or two to learn the fields, you'll be fine. I didn't do that and I had to do it on the fly. (._.)
You can do this, just think scenarios (not one-line questions). I hope this help a little bit and good luck to the reader.
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    Don D
    09-26-2018

    Congrats!! :)

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    Thomas K
    09-26-2018

    Thanks for the contributions and congratulations on your success!

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    Tia W
    09-26-2018

    Great job! Congrats.

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    Craig A
    09-26-2018

    Congrats, Noelle!

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    Matthew P
    09-26-2018

    Thanks for the tips!! Congratulations!

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    Amy M
    09-26-2018

    Nice job!

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    Elle K
    09-26-2018

    Congratulations and thank you for the tips! Way to go!

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    Joseph L
    09-26-2018

    Nice, Noelle! Congratulations!

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    Michael M
    09-26-2018

    Thanks for your insight and way to go!

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    Bob S
    09-26-2018

    Thanks for the great feedback and congrats !

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    Johnna W
    09-26-2018

    Really nice work, and thank you, so much, for your great feedback!

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    Kim H
    09-26-2018

    AWSome job and congratulations on passing! Thank you for sharing your tips and experience :)

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    Doug R
    09-26-2018

    Agree with my coworkers!  Congrats and thanks for the tips.  Others will truly benefit from them!

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    Broadus P
    09-26-2018

    Great Job, Thank you so much for your feedback

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    Stosh O
    09-26-2018

    Awesome work!

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    Phil Z
    09-26-2018

    Nice job!!

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    Keith T
    09-26-2018

    Congrats and thanks for the tips.

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    Will B
    09-26-2018

    Great work, Noelle!!

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    James J
    09-26-2018

    This is great!

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    Travis T
    09-26-2018

    You nailed it!

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    Sean G
    09-26-2018

    Wow!

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    Justin M
    09-26-2018

    Way to go, Noelle! Congrats! Great tips there, as well!

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    Myles Y
    09-26-2018

    Awesome job!

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    Angie B
    09-26-2018

    Great news, Noelle! Thanks for sharing your experience! 

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    Roberto V
    09-26-2018

    Great news, Noelle! Congratulations on your accomplishment and thank you for sharing your test-taking tips. :)

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    Fernando M
    09-26-2018

    Great suggestions and congrats Noelle! That's great feedback!

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    Noelle Milton V
    09-26-2018

    You're welcome and thank you Fernando and Roberto.


    EDIT: I didn't see all of the other hidden congratulations (only the last two). So Thank You to everyone who took a moment to congratulate me. It is appreciated. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this. If I can help you I'm happy to.

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    Ermin K
    09-26-2018

    Well done!

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    Rob M
    09-26-2018

    Awesome job!

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    Eric F
    09-26-2018

    Congrats, nice job!

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    Brandon B
    09-26-2018

    Congrats!

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    Donna J
    09-27-2018

    Good work!  Thanks for sharing. 

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    Javier V
    09-27-2018

    Great job Noelle!

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    Kenneth A
    09-28-2018

    Well done, Noelle!

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    Michael C
    09-28-2018

    Well done - thanks for the tips!

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    Ell M
    09-28-2018

    Great job! 

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    Anthony J
    09-30-2018

    Congratulations Noelle!

    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 

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    Treva W
    10-01-2018

    Congrats, Noelle!

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    Anthony S
    10-03-2018

    Well done, Noelle!  And thank you for the feedback!

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    Michael H
    10-03-2018

    Congrats!

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    Mark R
    10-04-2018

    Well done!

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    Elle K
    10-04-2018

    Awesome work, Noelle! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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