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davidbrotherton

4 years ago

Passed AWS CSA-Pro

Passed AWS certified Solutions Architect-Pro :)

It's a tough exam but if you know the LA material well then you have a pretty good shot. I feel this site was an immense help and I would have failed without it. It does a great job of covering the exam material.

Some general tips:

It's a long and tiring exam:
I highly recommend you take this exam when you are well rested. So not after work or after a day of study. It's 170 minutes of long questions and answers. It will test your comprehension skills as you are under pressure to read long and complicated questions. The last hour really tests your concentration.

TAKE THE AWS PRACTICE EXAM.
Yes it costs money but it's a lot cheaper compared to failing the real exam. Honestly this exam actually helped me a lot in the real exam. I only got 55% on my first try. I studied for a couple more weeks and then got 65%.
I got a much higher score on the real exam so do not let a score like my one put you off. Some of the practice questions are hard to understand but it was good practice.
The questions give you a good feel for the real exam. I found it helped me find my weaker areas. For example I got a 0% on cost when I first did this practice exam. I figured out I wasn't paying attention to context of the question and did much better the next time.
For example "recommend the most cost effective solution", I kept going for best design regardless of cost considerations. I think the EMR section on LA really drives this point across.

Learn STS well.
You need to know the STS steps very well. AssumerolewithSAML, AssumeRoleWithWebIdentity, custom ID brokers...etc. Know the high level steps and how it all fits together.

Learn not only VPC and BGP but AWS route propogation.
http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonVPC/latest/UserGuide/VPC_VPN.html#VPNRoutingTypes

Learn VPC CIDR IP rules. How many addresses AWS reserve per subnet.
https://aws.amazon.com/vpc/faqs/

Learn high level mobile push
http://docs.aws.amazon.com/sns/latest/dg/mobile-push-pseudo.html

Anyway those my general thoughts. Best of look to anyone studying for the exam.


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stephen
4 years ago
Congrats David!
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4 years ago
Congratulations!
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anthony
4 years ago
Congrats! And thank you for the kind words on the course!
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christophelimpalair
4 years ago
Great job David, and thanks for the excellent tips!
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derekdaz
4 years ago
Congrats! Curious, what is your Cert number (if you don't mind), wondering how many people have passed it so far.
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shaneliuyx
4 years ago
Congratulations!
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jaybrah
4 years ago
Big congrats !
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redcookie78
4 years ago
Congratulations! I have just started to study for this exam so your tips are helpful :)
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tmenjene
4 years ago
Thank you very much. Your review is a lot helpful.
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andrews.bain
4 years ago
Huge congratulations! Awesome.
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uddenhed
4 years ago
Congrats David.
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ankellef
4 years ago
Well done David!
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olarudan
4 years ago
Congrats!! would you mind sharing your score?
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ssarangkar@cseinsurance.com
4 years ago
Congrats David!!!
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anadi92
4 years ago
Congrats! :)
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kingfemi
4 years ago
Congrats!!!
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davidbrotherton
4 years ago
Thanks for all the Congrats :) To answer some of your questions: Cert number 1854 Score 83% After getting my 65% on the practice exam I did two more weeks of study before the real thing. I don't think those extra two weeks boosted my score much. I felt that AWS practice exam questions were harder than the real exam. They were just harder to understand. Another tip: In the associate exam you could normally rule out multiple answers as wrong very quickly. With this exam you will end up with lots of answers that are technically right..just choose what's "more right". This goes back to my tip of thinking about context.
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roman.kulesza
4 years ago
Congrats David.
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mattwilliams5
4 years ago
This is the most thorough explanation of an exam I have seen! This is why love this community everyone is supportive and believes in teamwork. Linux_Academy you have created a world-wide family that has one another's back! Its a beautify thing! I am proud to be part of this!
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tmenjene
4 years ago
Indeed Matt. I have the same feelings.
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ellejaclyn
4 years ago
Congratulations, David! And thank you for the tips!
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Danny
4 years ago
Congrats!!
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danolition
4 years ago
Congratulations David! with that certification you are indeed well prepared for everything that lies ahead of you. Have you found the labs here helpful? (not necessarily only for this certification)
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linuxguy57
4 years ago
congrats
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olarudan
4 years ago
You've listed these a couple of things like: STS, VPC and BGP but AWS route propogation, Learn high level mobile push 1- Learn STS well. You need to know the STS steps very well. AssumerolewithSAML, AssumeRoleWithWebIdentity, custom ID brokers...etc. Know the high level steps and how it all fits together. Are these just edge cases? I would assume that the exam is mainly on core services like ec2, vpc, rds, dynamodb to name a few
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olarudan
4 years ago
I also see that this was added recently (1 day ago): https://linuxacademy.com/cp/courses/lesson/course/488/lesson/6/module/45# it has to do with something that you mentioned: "Learn VPC CIDR IP rules. How many addresses AWS reserve per subnet. https://aws.amazon.com/vpc/faqs/"
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femisemowo
4 years ago
Congratulations.
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davidbrotherton
4 years ago
To answer the questions from Daniel: I have indeed found the labs useful including associate labs. The skills I have picked up through from LA I have used in the real world. To extend on this generally when I go through a course here I have two initial processes: 1. First time have the videos on one monitor and on a second monitor I follow along myself where possible. Just be careful not to launch anything expensive in your AWS account. So my first run through the videos is more about learning the concepts, doing hands on and using the labs. 2. I then go through the videos again to start studying the finer points to prep me for the exam itself. After that I just watch them as many times as I feel needed to understand the topics. I dont want to risk breaking any rules so I cannot give too much detail on what is and isn't an edge case so I will state some public facts. Look at the AWS exam blueprint: https://d0.awsstatic.com/training-and-certification/docs-sa-pro/AWS_certified_solutions_architect_professional_blueprint.pdf Security is the highest single topic of 19%. It states under security one of the sub topics are: 6.3 Design identity and access management controls STS falls under this topic. Security is an important topic according to AWS exam weights. Here are some STS links I used for study. Links: http://blogs.aws.amazon.com/security/post/Tx71TWXXJ3UI14/Enabling-Federation-to-AWS-using-Windows-Active-Directory-ADFS-and-SAML-2-0 http://docs.aws.amazon.com/IAM/latest/UserGuide/id_roles_providers_oidc_manual.html http://docs.aws.amazon.com/IAM/latest/UserGuide/id_roles_providers_oidc.html and lastly a blog post I found from someone else who got through the exam and their summary for a second perspective: http://www.ozaws.com/2015/09/17/aws-professional-solution-architect-certification-tips/
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frodorik
4 years ago
thanks for the info, it 's very usseful
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boringgeek
4 years ago
Congrats and thanks for all the info!!
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sathishkumarca
4 years ago
Congrats David !!!
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fabriciomariani@hotmail.com
4 years ago
Good job!
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billjorgensen
4 years ago
Very nice! Congratulations.
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khalidben
4 years ago
Congrats! very well done :)
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maverick72
4 years ago
Thanks for sharing. Those informations are much appreciated. Would you mind sharing your background and experience(and with AWS)? I've just starting the Associate AWS Architecte and find it very easy but i've got 15+ in IT production experience and a couple of year doing Devops. Of course i have only started to use AWS but my compagnie is investing pretty hard in AWS so i'm pretty sure by the end of the year we will have migrated a big chunk of our infrastructure to the cloud (we already have the corporate account with direct connect). I pretty much just want to evaluate how much time it will take me to jump on the pro certification wagon :) Thanks!