nmvega

11 months ago

Passed - AWS Certified Developer - Associate Exam

I'd like to provide tips for others in bullet form:

  • Few of the questions were one-liners, maybe three out of the 65. Nearly all were wordy scenario-bases questions with wordy answers to read through. If you get one-liners, you're lucky. :)
  • When you take practice tests, prefer wordy ones that will take your timer down to the wire. I had 10-15 minutes left on my exam.
  • AWS Services with major emphasis: Elastic Beanstalk, CodeBuild, CodeDeploy, DynamoDB, s3, ElastiCache, ECS, RDS, AWS API, SNS, SQS. Know these inside and out and, better yet, how to combine them. Again, think scenarios. For example, CodeDeploy to update ECS; or how to get human approvals with CodePipeline. You'll also want to know the components of SQS messages.
  • They're  really looking for developer-like thinking, so you won't get too many simple questions like "What is the maximum message size for SQS?" LoL More like, performance, migrating from on-prem to a AWS equivalents and how you might re-factor your app, and things not working questions... and  then you have think about it as you mull the answers.
  • Don't fret though. Use process of elimination. That can help, but read carefully the answers, then re-read them before eliminating them. They can be sneaky.
  • Also, sometimes two answers are equally correct but you can only choose one. What to do! Well if you get those -- as I did where the solution could be either RDS or DynamoDB -- prefer the serverless option first! Next, the more secure option. Next, the cheapest or easiset option (i.e. fewest services).
  • Learn how to read a SAML XML document. A question came up on that and what it (the document) entitled the requesting app. SAML docs aren't huge and if you dissect one or two to learn the fields, you'll be fine. I didn't do that and I had to do it on the fly. (._.)
You can do this, just think scenarios (not one-line questions). I hope this help a little bit and good luck to the reader.

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don.dsouza
11 months ago
Congrats!! :)
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thomask
11 months ago
Thanks for the contributions and congratulations on your success!
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tiaaw
11 months ago
Great job! Congrats.
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craiga
11 months ago
Congrats, Noelle!
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mspearson
11 months ago
Thanks for the tips!! Congratulations!
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amy
11 months ago
Nice job!
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ellejaclyn
11 months ago
Congratulations and thank you for the tips! Way to go!
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jlowerynyc
11 months ago
Nice, Noelle! Congratulations!
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mmcclaren
11 months ago
Thanks for your insight and way to go!
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bsalmans
11 months ago
Thanks for the great feedback and congrats !
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johnnawallace
11 months ago
Really nice work, and thank you, so much, for your great feedback!
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khawton
11 months ago
AWSome job and congratulations on passing! Thank you for sharing your tips and experience :)
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dougriggs
11 months ago
Agree with my coworkers!  Congrats and thanks for the tips.  Others will truly benefit from them!
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bpalmer
11 months ago
Great Job, Thank you so much for your feedback
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scoldham
11 months ago
Awesome work!
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pzona
11 months ago
Nice job!!
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keiththomps
11 months ago
Congrats and thanks for the tips.
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wboyd
11 months ago
Great work, Noelle!!
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nynhex
11 months ago
This is great!
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tthomsen
11 months ago

You nailed it!

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seang
11 months ago
Wow!
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justinmitchell
11 months ago
Way to go, Noelle! Congrats! Great tips there, as well!
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mayoung8
11 months ago
Awesome job!
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abaliem
11 months ago
Great news, Noelle! Thanks for sharing your experience! 
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koufax
11 months ago
Great news, Noelle! Congratulations on your accomplishment and thank you for sharing your test-taking tips. :)
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fernandomc
11 months ago
Great suggestions and congrats Noelle! That's great feedback!
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nmvega
11 months ago
You're welcome and thank you Fernando and Roberto.

EDIT: I didn't see all of the other hidden congratulations (only the last two). So Thank You to everyone who took a moment to congratulate me. It is appreciated. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this. If I can help you I'm happy to.
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ermin
11 months ago
Well done!
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robmarti
11 months ago

Awesome job!

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efrick
11 months ago
Congrats, nice job!
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thebruce
11 months ago
Congrats!
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donna1596
11 months ago
Good work!  Thanks for sharing. 
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javh7117
11 months ago
Great job Noelle!
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kennyarmstrong
11 months ago
Well done, Noelle!
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mchristian
11 months ago
Well done - thanks for the tips!
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ellmarquez
11 months ago
Great job! 
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anthony
11 months ago

Congratulations Noelle!

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 

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trilliams
11 months ago
Congrats, Noelle!
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aschae
11 months ago
Well done, Noelle!  And thank you for the feedback!
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mheydt
11 months ago
Congrats!
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markrichman
11 months ago
Well done!
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ellejaclyn
11 months ago
Awesome work, Noelle! Thank you for sharing your experience!