I got a 66%. When I hit the submit button I thought...there is no way I passed this. Then I saw "you passed". Relieved yes, but wish I knew specifically what I got wrong (a 65% is minimum for passing).
I believe the the LA course only covers about 50-60% of what you need to know. Even the whitepapers and FAQ's which I read both of didnt seem to help. I took the LA final test about 5 times, the last 3 got mid to upper 90's. I took the quizzes as I went and always got 100% or one off of 100% on the first go. I did the official flash cards more than once. I took extensive notes in One Note (which will always be valuable beyond the cert) for each and every service.
I've been in IT (web, mobile, full stack dev, linux system admin for 20 years). I think that helped me out for only about 10-20%. The questions I did not know the answer to I just flat out couldnt even do process of elimination. I started the LA course about 2-3 weeks ago and sat the formal 3 day AWS SA training course at Amazon her in Seattle. I've only had about 1 month of AWS experience at work, mostly with Cognito and Federated Identities/SAML (none of which was on the test).
If I were to do it again, I would get that official AWS book on Amazon that came out this year on Solution Architecture, the training course instructor from Amazon recommended it. Also, I think I would of played around more with AWS itself....but I like doing that in the developer context so I'm looking forward to that next with LA. I would also re-take all the quizzes here on LA and re-do all the labs probably multiple times in the days leading up to the test vs. wasting my time with the whitepapers.
I'm still happy with the results, the goal was to help out my team at work as we transition to AWS and I thought there was no way better than to dive head first and require myself to get certified SA to get the breadth required to make good decisions at work.
Know the difference between Application Load Balancers and Classic Load Balancers
Know S3 security/permissions very well
Know STS very well
Know ACL/Security Groups of course, but more so when they are combined and in the context inbound vs. outbound troubleshooting
Know how/when/restrictions for EBS encryption and what happens when you do so.
Know all the auto scaling stuff....that goes without saying, that part I did well on.
Know Route 53 better than you think you should and what restrictions exist there.