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1 year ago

Passed my AWS Certified Developer Course.

Hello Everyone,

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."

Philippians 4:13

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1 year ago
Congrats, Errol and thank you so much for the detailed feedback!
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1 year ago
Well done! That is a fast exam!
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1 year ago
Awesome job on the pass, congrats!
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1 year ago
Great scores, thanks for sharing your experience and congratulations!
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1 year ago
Great job Errol - very interesting to hear your comments regarding SA associate v's SysOps associate. It's a matter of personal skillset as well i think - a lot of people conceptually find architecture easier than the nuts and bolts of implementation. The same discussion happens at the PRO level - SA Pro vs DevOps.
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1 year ago
Way to go!
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1 year ago
Congrats, Errol! And wow, great feedback!
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1 year ago
Great Job, Errol!!
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1 year ago
Errol, I believe you will enjoy this passage,

"Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it."

(Habakkuk 2:2, NKJV)

Awesome job, keep moving.

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1 year ago
Phenominal work, Errol! And thank you for the detailed write-up!
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1 year ago
Congats, Errol!
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1 year ago
Way to go!! CONGRATS!
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1 year ago
Good job, Errol!
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1 year ago
Great work! Congratulations!!
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1 year ago
Great job! Congrats.
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1 year ago
Congrats Errol!
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1 year ago
Congrats Errol! I appreciate the scripture also :)
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1 year ago

Keep it up Errol!

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1 year ago
Nice work Errol! Congrats on passing and nice progress on those four certs! Good luck on number 5 whenever you get around to it! :D
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1 year ago
Way to go!
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1 year ago
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1 year ago
AWSome job, Errol!!! Thank you for sharing your experience and feedback. Congratulations!!!
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1 year ago
This is fantastic feedback! This is wonderful for all the students, but it's also so useful for us as we work to track and enhance our courses, and to know just where they are helping students and where they aren't. Congratulations on number 4 (holy cow, 4 in 4 months is an achievement!) Celebrate this, you've achieved a lot, Errol!
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1 year ago
Woohoo!  Congrats on passing the exam!  Also, thanks for all the great feedback.
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1 year ago
Way to go, Errol!
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1 year ago
Nice job, Errol! With a mindset like yours, you will do great things!!
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1 year ago
Well done Errol! We love having you here in the community!
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1 year ago
Great to hear, keep up the awesome work!
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1 year ago
Great work Errol!!
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1 year ago
Kudos to you, Errol. Great scripture reference.
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1 year ago
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1 year ago
Impressive!  Happy for you, Errol!
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1 year ago
Impressive work! And great feedback about the exams.
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1 year ago
Congratulations, Errol!  Thank you for your feedback and good luck in your job search!
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1 year ago
Great job Errol! I bet you'll find a position in the industry pretty quickly. Keep us posted for sure! Good luck.
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1 year ago

Congratulations Errol!

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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1 year ago

Hi Errol, Thanks for taking the time to provide such in-depth feedback, we truly appreciate it! It's amazing to hear that you refer to the AWS Certified Developer Course as the easiest exam you have taken. I think that speaks volumes about how well you have prepared. Congratulations!