Today, I passed my AWS Certified Developer exam. I completed it in only 33 minutes! This was by far the easiest exam I have taken, and it completes 4 AWS certifications in 4 months.
First, here is my feed back on the Developer Exam (I gave feedback on the Solutions Architect and Sysops in earlier posts). This exam had only 1 calculation for write capacity for DynamoDB. The questions were pretty simple. If you have passed the Solutions Architect or Sysops, all you really need to do to pass this exam is to Study DynamoDB, CloudFormation, dig into some details on SQS and SNS and you're good to go. No to be clear: I took the old exam. I know someone who works at AWS who has told me that the NEW Developer exam is said to be the hardest of all the Associate exams. In my preperation for the exam I took, I watch the videos on DynamoDB, CloudFormation, dig into some details on SQS and SNS in the Linux Academy course... I didn't go through the other sections. HOWEVER, there is a LOT of good material in there, that I do intend to go back through. And remember, the Linux Academy Developer Course is set to prepare you for the harder new exam. If you are going to take the new exam, make sure you carefully go through the whole course. If you take the old exam, at some point still go back... just to sharpen your knowledge.
Next, my feedback on the Associate exams as a whole. Below are the exams, what I scored and how long I prepared for them:
AWS Cloud Practitioner: 5 weeks recieved 86%
AWS Solutions Architect 2 Months 77%
AWS Sysops Administrator 4 weeks 91%
AWS Developer 8 days 94%
I honestly feel like the solutions architect is the hardest, though many say the Sysops is the hardest of the associate exams. I think the Sysops' domains that are covered on the exam are more focused, allowing you to really dig in and master those concepts. On the other hand, I think the Solution Architect is more broad and spread out, you're not really sure what will be on the exam.
My next goal before any other certifications is to get a job in the field. I will be working on my resume, go through several of the labs again until I can do them without notes or following along in the videos. I would caution others to do the same. Passing an exam is one thing, but if many of these labs are not second nature to you, then you could become what they call a paper architect... one that can pass exams, but not have any real knowledge on how to do the job, even at base levels.
All that said, I'm not saying goodbye to Linux Academy. I will drill down on labs I've done and labs I skipped, and even consider some of the deep dive courses into certain AWS services. I'd like to thank Linux Academy for great course materials and for stepping up to provide training for the new AWS exams that are out there. I don't think any other training services have courses for the new solutions architect and developer exams.
I would also encourage other students out there, every journey begins with a first step... nobody ever finished something that they never started... and nobody ever finished a race without effort. When I started four months ago, I decided, I would spend minimum of 1 hour a night studying. Sometimes you just have to push yourself and say... Just do it!
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."