Passing The AWS Professional Solutions Architect Exam

After passing all the AWS Associate certification exams and daily working with AWS technologies for over two years, I hesitated between the two Professional level exams; AWS DevOps engineer certification exam or AWS Professional Solutions Architect certification exam.

Finally, I passed both: AWS DevOps engineer certification exam was achieved at the end of 2017 and AWS Professional Solutions Architect certification was successfully completed few months ago.

In this post, I will share my experience with the last one in case anybody is planning for it.

Motivations

  • Daily work with AWS technologies within DevOps environment/processes for almost 2 years.

Challenges

  • No prior experience with Professional exams in architecture (.ie. TOGAF ): The AWS Professional Solutions architect exam is the first professional exam about architecture, and I am really glad to pass it since the first attempt.

Preparation

  • Re:Invent: Watch as many of the Re:Invent videos, specifically the deep dive ones; they actually contain information directly applicable to the exam.

Tips

General tips

  • Forget thinking about answers as right (“true”) or wrong (“false”). In this exam, you may choose between the better and the best. Or, you may prioritize the “worse” upon the worst. ⁽²⁾ “ليس العاقل الذي يعلم الخير من الشر، و إنما العاقل الذي يعلم خير الخيرين و شر الشرين.” : which means “The wise is not who differentiates between right and wrong. but the wise differentiates between the best and the better, and differentiates between the worst and the worse”.

Exam tips

  • EBS optimization, IOPS, Burstable credits.

Next

Ahead in the could.

References

⁽¹⁾: http://ozaws.com/2015/09/17/aws-professional-solution-architect-certification-tips/

⁽²⁾: Stated by Taqī ad-Dīn Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah before 700 years

Software engineer, Cloud Architect, 5/5 AWS|GCP|PSM Certified, Owner of kubernetes.tn

Software engineer, Cloud Architect, 5/5 AWS|GCP|PSM Certified, Owner of kubernetes.tn