Passed the AWS Developer Associate with 96% - My experience

Hi All,

I passed my certification today so things are still fresh in mind. Thanks to Linux Academy and our mentor Fernando Medina.

I would like to share my journey to the first step into AWS world, it may help someone. 
As many others I used the Dev Associate Course on LA and ACG both. For mock tests I used Whizlabs and Udemy prep questions (Later found out that both were copy of each other so either one will be good). I also spent good amount of time on the documentation of key topics like S3, DynamoDB, Elastic Beanstalk, Lambda, API Gateway, and basics of CloudFormation + ECS. Given I have experience with AWS, especially ECS/ECR/EC2 so that helped a lot.

For people who are looking for score, mock tests will only cover 20-25% of similar questions which will appear in the exam. Both of these courses will give you a good base to reach to the level of 60-70%. Rest is all on you. You should have practical experience or hands on knowledge to confidently sit there and complete the exam. I have seen people who have never worked on AWS but still have scored good marks to clear the certification, but they were all not confident enough during the exam.

What was covered:
As I am bound with the legal clauses so cannot disclose any content directly. But i found that more than 25% of questions were real world scenario based problems and they were tricky. Though there were minor hints which you will be able to find if you have good understanding. I got good number of questions on S3/DynamoDB/API Gateway and Lambdas as expected.
I also got some questions on EC2 instance types and their pricing which was not expected much. There were few on Kinesis Streams too, so be prepared with those, i did not cover them in depth but having its understanding will be brownie points. No questions on XRay/CloudTrail were seen.

Whats next, I have already covered lot of SAA topics, but with today's experience i feel i need to spend more time on core concepts as I felt that I was not 100% sure about few questions. I might be going for it in another 2-3 weeks time.

Wish other aspiring members good luck for their exams. All the best.

Regards
Sorabh
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    Michael C
    10-15-2018

    Well done, Sorabh!!!  Thanks for the information!

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    Thomas H
    10-15-2018

    Woohoo!  Congrats!

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    Ermin K
    10-15-2018

    First! Thank you! So much for the long and detailed post, we appreciate your time and effort.
    Second: WAY TO GO!!!

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    Michael M
    10-15-2018

    AWSome!

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    Stosh O
    10-15-2018

    Way to go!

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    Myles Y
    10-15-2018

    Awesome job and great feedback!

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    Doug R
    10-15-2018

    Congrats!  And thanks for the reminder that "real world" experience is so necessary.  I hope we helped you on that part.

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    Keith T
    10-15-2018

    Congratulations!

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    Broadus P
    10-15-2018

    Congrats!!!

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    James J
    10-15-2018

    So awesome!

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    Brandon B
    10-15-2018

    Thanks for the excellent story and congrats!

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    Justin M
    10-15-2018

    Well done, Sorabh! Congrats! And we truly appreciate the feedback!

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    Travis T
    10-15-2018

    Nice going Sorabh!

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    Amy M
    10-15-2018

    Congrats and thanks for the feedback 

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    Paul S
    10-15-2018

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing.  Way to pay it forward!

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    Roberto V
    10-15-2018

    Congratulations on your high score, Sorabh! Thank you so much for your extensive feedback as well.

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    Craig A
    10-15-2018

    Congrats, great score!

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    Scott T
    10-15-2018

    Thanks so much for the feedback; and above all, this is exactly the attitude you need to get through these exams with such a high score. Study study study, practice practice practice. And always be hungry to learn a little more; it won't just help you in the exam, it'll be invaluable in your career.


    Big congrats on this win; you've earned it!

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    Will B
    10-15-2018

    Great work!! Thanks for sharing!

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    ragibbs9
    10-15-2018

    Wonderful job!

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    Jose B
    10-15-2018

    Awesome job!! thanks for sharing and best of luck on the next cert.

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    Tia W
    10-15-2018

    Great job!  Congrats.

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    Sean G
    10-15-2018

    Wowzers!  Thanks for the thorough review and great job!

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    Steven G
    10-15-2018

    Well done and thank you so much for the detailed feedback! 

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    Kimmy H
    10-15-2018

    AWSome job and congratulations, Sorabh!! Thank you for sharing your feedback!

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    James J H
    10-15-2018

    Great work! Thanks for being part of our community.

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    Joseph L
    10-15-2018

    Super, Sorabh! Congratulations!

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    Chad C
    10-15-2018

    Congratulations! Thanks for your feedback and thoughts! 

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    Angelia B
    10-15-2018

    Congratulations! Best of luck as you continue your learning journey!

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    nmagera07
    10-15-2018

    Congratulations! Thanks for the info!

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    Elle K
    10-15-2018

    Check out that score! Phenominal job, Sorabh!

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    Megan T
    10-15-2018

    Wow! Nice work!

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    Rob M
    10-15-2018

    Great job!

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    Treva W
    10-15-2018

    Congratulations, Sorabh!

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    Bob S
    10-16-2018

    Excellent work and thanks for the awesome feedback!

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    Tony S
    10-16-2018

    Well done, Sorabh!  Thank you for your feedback!

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    Angelo M
    10-16-2018

    Congrats!

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    Matthew P
    10-16-2018

    Congratulations!!! Thanks for the excellent information!

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    Johnna W
    10-16-2018

    Wow, that is awesome feedback!  Congrats and good luck on the next one!

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    Patrick S
    10-16-2018

    Great feedback and great work on passing your exam!

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    Fernando M
    10-16-2018

    Awesome work ! Congrats on passing  @sorabhm ! Thanks so much for the feedback and information and I'm happy we could help you pass the exam! Congrats on the super great score too!

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    Donna J
    10-16-2018

    Impressive score, congratulations!

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    Michael H
    10-17-2018

    Congrats!

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    sorabhm
    10-18-2018

    Thanks all for your wishes and remarks. 

    Yes, I have already started working on the Solution Arch and SysOps Associate exams, which I am planning to cover off together in coming month.

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    Bob S
    10-18-2018

    Thank you for the great feedback and congrats Sorabh!

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    John M
    10-18-2018

    Great work, and great input.

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    Anthony J
    10-18-2018

    Congratulations Sorabh!

    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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    Ell M
    10-19-2018

    Woohoo! Congratulations 

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    Javier V
    10-19-2018

    Great job!!

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    Patrick S
    10-22-2018

    That's some great advice! Thanks for sharing!

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