Passed the AWS Solutions Architect Professional Course thanks to LA! Course and slides were a huge help! I commented earlier on another thread wondering if the SA Pro test was going to be updated since it seemed a little dated, but it is indeed still very relevant and covers what you need to fill in the gaps of your knowledge! I am also working with AWS every day so that helped as well.
Some tips for exam takers:
1. READ ALL THE FAQs. How many times have we said this :)
2. READ ALL THE RECOMMENED WHITE PAPERS - again, its been said
3. Learn about what services are used for what, when, in what circumstances, and how they can be used. The above two will really help with this. You are going to have to know how the services flow together, unlike in the associate exam where you had to know facts about the service (such as "how many days does X service retain Y item by default"). You still need to know this as it may influence your answer, but you wont be asked it directly.
4. Understand what the question is really asking. This is a big one. Look for keywords in the question, and filter out the noise. You really have to get good at reading a paragraph, discerning what the question is really getting at, and then moving to the answers. Most of the time I found, you could eliminate at least 2 answers by doing this. The test enjoyed giving a lot of information (either in the answers or in the questions) that had little to nothing to do about what they were actually asking. But its up to you to recognize the subtle differences between services to eliminate those wrong answers. My strategy for this was to quickly read the paragraph to get an overall sense of what the question was asking, then re-read the question to look for specific information regarding the overall subject of the question.
Linux Academy has helped me get the SysOps Administrator, Advanced Networking Specialty, and GCP Architect certifications as well. Really glad I decided to pick up my Linux Academy subscription