Passed, but scheduled it much sooner than I wanted to. (Company bonus opportunity ends tomorrow.) Passed the Associate level on March 15 and then went thru my company provided SkillPort training for the Professional side. (Dan Lechance narrates all those.) Didn't feel ready so signed up for Cloud Academy (which is preferred by my company) and ran thru that. Reviewed the 7 or 8 sample questions on the AWS site and barely came up with answers for 1/2 and no clue on the rest. LA seemed to be the preferred trainer from the blog posts I randomly found on the web so signed up here on 4/20 and brutally powered thru all 40hrs of the material (no labs). Took the sample exam from LA and scored failed. Went over all the material I missed until I understood the why for each answer. Took it again and still failed (but got significantly more correct.) Felt good. Paid my 40$ for the AWS practice exam on Sunday night. That was an eye opener. Scored a 42%! Took every minute to complete it. Went back over all those questions until I felt I knew the material again when I could on Monday. Up til 1am doing that. Back up at 6 to drive to testing site 2 hrs away.
77 questions. First 20 questions I felt solid. About 10 or so in the middle were shaky. The last 15 just felt like guesses (likely just fatigue). Only finished with 3 minutes left. Scored a not proud, but passing 69. (I console myself with this: What do you call the medical student who graduates last in their class? Doctor.)
Cert # 1995 for those interested.
I didn't like the tight and painfully aggressive timeline, but since my company way paying the fees and a bonus if done before tomorrow I didn't have anything to lose.
LA is definitely my new primary training resource moving forward. Anything I missed was my fault for not paying closer attention to, not due to not being covered. (Easily found and understood once I knew I didn't know it yet.)