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jimripper

2 years ago

Passed the AWS CSA - Associate Exam

I finally passed the Solutions Architect Associate exam.  It was much harder than I thought it would be and I did worse on it than I thought I did.  This was my second attempt at the exam (my first attempt was December 2015, so I've been a little gunshy in taking it again until I thought I was ready). I definitely could not have passed the exam without the great course that was given by Thomas Haslett.  Having the pictorial refences in Project Orion was also very helpful in understanding networking and how all of the pieces in AWS fit together.  Not having a networking background really hindered me, but along the way, I picked up a lot of networking knowledge as a result of LinuxAcademy's excellent instruction.


Just for context, when I failed the exam in 2015, my test score was 49%.  This time it was 60%.  I would have thought that wasn't enough to pass, but I understand that AWS used propietary algorithms to determine the test score and so another person's 60% may not be enough to pass.

The one thing that would have improved my test score would have been to do more hands-on playing around in AWS  but without any guidance.  Walking through the hands-on lab in the course was very helpful, but I found that I didn't really pay attention to the specific drop downs and why I was clicking the buttons that Thomas was directing me to do.  This was all on me, and I wish I had done that for at least a month prior to the exam.

Other than the LinuxAcademy training course and practice exams, another thing that helped me was the AWS CSA Architect Official Study Guide put out by Amazon.  In that book, each chapter has a lab section where it tells you what to do, but doesn't give you all of the steps to do it.  I should have spent more time on those labs to really cement my understanding of the AWS platform.  I did think that the exams in each chapter (and on-line at Sybex - links are given in the book) was also worthwhile.

I am now working on the Certified SysOps examination.  I'll let you know when I pass that  :-).

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amy
2 years ago
Well done and good luck on the next one!
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seang
2 years ago
Hooray !
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keiththomps
2 years ago
Way to give this exam another shot. Congrats on the pass.
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drumpat01
2 years ago
Congrats!!
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wayde
2 years ago
Great job!
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koufax
2 years ago
So happy for you, Jim! Best of luck on the SysOps exam!
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tthomsen
2 years ago

Hats off to you Jim!

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braun0
2 years ago
Awesome!  Congrats, Jim - and thanks for the great recap.
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twillied
2 years ago
Thanks for sharing your experience and congratulations.  I'm currently studying for the same exam.
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jlowerynyc
2 years ago
Thanks for all the great feedback - and congratulations, Jim!
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sgutierrez1124
2 years ago
Well done, Jim!
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davidcoy
2 years ago
Congrats, Jim!
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ellejaclyn
2 years ago
Great work, Jim! Thank you for sharing your experience -- getting hands-on is so important.
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scoldham
2 years ago
I have found that hands on experience is always the best teacher.  Glad you passed!
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pzona
2 years ago
Congrats, Jim! Totally agree that hands-on is a great way to learn, and that's something we want to continue to focus on building. Best of luck on your SysOps exam!
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latrejas
2 years ago
Great work! Glad you found the diagrams useful, I agree with you that it is a nice way to understand the architecture and material.
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kennyarmstrong
2 years ago
Well done, and excellent feedback!
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mayoung8
2 years ago
Nice work!
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wboyd
2 years ago
Congratulations!!
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robmarti
2 years ago
Good job passing the exam and good luck on your next one!
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tthomsen
2 years ago
Great job Jim!
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fernandomc
2 years ago
It's a tough exam! Great job on passing and good luck on the SysOps exam!
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khawton
2 years ago
Congratulations and best of luck on SysOps next!
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trilliams
2 years ago
Congratulations!
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acostanzo
2 years ago
Congrats!
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efrick
2 years ago
Congrats, nice job!
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anthony
2 years ago

Congratulations Jim!

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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aschae
2 years ago
Jim, you did it!  Congratulations and good luck on the next exam!
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klewis
2 years ago
Very impressive. Keep up the good work.
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shyamsundarrss
2 years ago
Congrats!!
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sowhelmed
2 years ago
Congrats on passing! Also, that's some great feedback on non-guided labs! :)

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here2learnaws
2 years ago

What a great story you have presented here and clearly something that we can all  gain helpful insight from. I will be getting the AWS CSA Architect Official Study Guide and taking your advice about the non-guided labs so thank you for sharing that. Your persistance paid off and I am extremely happy for your accomplishment and quite proud of you! High five!!!

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davisengeler
2 years ago
Your perseverance paid off! That's so great to hear. Thank you for your extra tips, too. Keep at it!
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donna1596
2 years ago
Way to stick with it.  Keep up your hard work and good luck moving foward...you can do it!!
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craiga
2 years ago
Congrats!
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here2learnaws
2 years ago
No one likes to fail an exam and it certainly is not a good feeling. I think the most important lesson we can all learn from your story is do not ever give or quit! Your persistance shows not only that you are not a quitter, but that no matter what happens you will persist and overcome what most would perceive as failure. Failure is success turned inside out and you obvisouly learned from this experience and were able to move on and get right back up and try again. Your story can be used as an inspiration to all those who are in doubt of their abilities and I want to say to you great job in following through and not giving up!!