I passed my AWS CSA (Associate) exam on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Here are some tips:
– Just reading the official study guide is not enough – max 50% of the exam was based on the book’s reading material.
– Make sure to at least do the exercises in the book – believe me, some of the minute details (such as route 53 allows which type of record to have a TTL value? — This you can only get if you did the hands-on exercises).
– The book (2016 edition) does not talk about ECS yet it appears on the exam – what type of Load balancer allows for dynamic port mapping when used with ECS?
– Take additional time to study – don’t rush it. I literally crammed the book from start to finish in 7 days … DO NOT do this!
– I would strongly, strongly suggest doing hands-on exercises (if possible, by doing both from book and from linux academy). Just knowing the theory won’t help you pass.
– I just read the book and the only thing that helped me pass was my work experience with AWS. Therefore … do the exercises!!!
– Topics to focus on: autoscaling, VPC, networking, security groups, NACL, s3, cloudtrail, vpc flow logs, kinesis, cloud front, autoscaling groups.
– There were 55 questions and 80 min.
I would strongly recommend everybody who works with AWS (even if you don’t code) to get this certification. This cert. has given me understanding at higher level how services in AWS are connected to each other and now at least I can think in terms of AWS services when architecting a complexsolution.
Finally, this cert. allows me to talk and understand about AWS on any given topic.