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2 years ago

Passed AWS CSA-Associate!

I passed the exam two days ago! Thank you to Thomas and Anthony for a great course. Here's the breakdown of my results:

Overall Score: 68%

Topic Level Scoring:

1.0  Designing highly available, cost-efficient, fault-tolerant, scalable systems: 68%

2.0  Implementation/Deployment: 80%

3.0  Data Security: 66%

4.0  Troubleshooting: 60%

Although this was cutting it close, I was very happy with my results since I have no IT experience or background.

One thing I noticed about the exam is that it was 55 questions in 80 minutes instead of 60. I suppose they changed it recently.

The exam was pretty tough, but I used the knowledge learned here and from the AWS practice exam to knock it out. For those upcoming testers, I did not read the whitepapers (except the first two), but did study the flash cards and especially the orion papers.

Some hot topics that came up included:

-Networking and communication between instances (specific to AZ, region, subnet)

-Bastion Hosts and NAT gateways

-Protocols, Ports, Security Groups, NACLs (also S3 ACLs)


-RDS and how to make its instances highly scalable, available, etc.

-Know how to use ECS, not just what it is

-Know the basics of EFS

-CloudTrail, VPC and ELB Logging!

-CloudWatch and TrustedAdvisor monitoring

-What is ElastiCache

-A couple questions on API Gateway


-Autoscaling (Launch Configuration)

-Importing and Exporting Data

-Placement Groups

- Elastic IPs (be sure to experiment with these in the LA lab)


Thanks again to Linux Academy!

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2 years ago
Yeah! Way to go, Zachary!
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2 years ago
Awesome work Zachary! Congrats and thanks for sharing your experience so others can learn from it.
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2 years ago
Congrats, Zachary!
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2 years ago
Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your breakdown!
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2 years ago
Way to go!
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2 years ago
Congrats, Zachary!
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2 years ago
Great job, Zachary!
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2 years ago
Way to go!
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2 years ago
Awesome work, Zachary!
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2 years ago
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2 years ago
Great job, Zachary!
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2 years ago
Awesome!  Congrats, Zachary!
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2 years ago
Thanks for all the information Zachary! And congrats on passing!
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2 years ago
Great work, Zachary! It's always really cool to hear about someone without an "IT background" passing ther first exam - what do you have planned next?
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2 years ago
Great job on this achievement!
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2 years ago
Great story!  Good job.
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2 years ago

Congratulations Zachary! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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.



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