A real candidate's experience of preparing and passing AWS SAA

2021-06-11 16:48:52 SPOTO Club AWS 383

Wondering how do other people prepare their AWS Certification exam? Read this article and find out!

Because I have encountered many troubles during studying and preparing for the exam, I hope to share some of my experience to help more students pass the exam successfully.


I prepared for the exam in two stages: study and preparation. The intermediate span between these two stages is as long as one year, so that I will introduce them separately.


The learning stage is mainly to participate in the learning and training organized by my company. The form is that everyone watches video courses after work every week, learns one topic each week, and then shares our idea and discusses them at a fixed time. It takes about two months to get all knowledge of AWS SAA.


Every time I see the Exam Tips, I will save them and practice myself. Then, when all the content of a section is finished, I will organize all the tips and then start to review them; I took notes simultaneously and organized the key points.


In addition to the knowledge points mentioned, I will also open the AWS official page of the related service, mainly to look at the overview, functions, and joint problems of the service. Furthermore, I will also look through the development documents for some of the more important points. In the process of viewing these contents, important information is also recorded in the notes.




Because the company requires everyone who participates in the training to share what they have learned, the way is that everyone writes their notes on the blackboard, and then takes turns to introduce their notes to everyone, and can ask questions and exchanges during the process.


The most significant advantage of this format is that it allows you to consolidate the knowledge you have learned through output, and you will think further in the process of speaking. At the same time, by listening to the sharing of other people, you can also learn knowledge points that you do not understand.


Taking Test


After the weekly sharing is completed, the person in charge of training will sort out some sample questions of relevant knowledge for on-site testing, answer questions, and test the effect of learning.


This is how my study phase was completed. At this stage, I think the most crucial gain is the notes that I organize. All relevant knowledge points are recorded in written form. You only need to review the messages when preparing for the test. After that, I need to watch the video again.


The plan this year was to take the test after the Chinese New Year, but due to the epidemic, the test plan was put on hold. For some personal reasons, I didn't start preparing for the test until October. Here is also a reminder that it is best to take the exam as soon as possible after completing it. Otherwise, it will be more troublesome to pick it up after the interruption.


Reviewing (1 week)


Because I have already studied before, I skipped the step of studying again in the preparation stage and went directly to the review. Therefore, the resource for the review is the notes organized before.


To enhance the review effect, I didn't just read the notes. At this time, I was doing the migration work (from Youdaoyun Note to Evernote). I copied and pasted notes during the migration process. While reviewing the text, make sure that you have carefully read the content of each message to help you recall relevant knowledge points as soon as possible. I have to say that the effect of this method is pronounced. After all the notes have been migrated, I have returned to the state I had just finished studying at that time.


Solving questions (2 weeks)


After finishing the review, I started to solve the questions over and over again. The question came from SPOTO. This question was bought by a colleague of the company and shared within the company. SAA has eight sets of questions, seven sets of comprehensive test questions, and 1 set of pre-exam test questions. The number and difficulty of the questions are comparable to those of the formal exam.


The way I solve the questions is relatively simple, that is, do the questions and check the correct answers, first follow the complete test process to do a set of questions (65 questions take about one and a half hours), and then start to compare and analyze, and go through all the questions. Why do you have to pass all the questions is because this process is a process of learning. There are some knowledge points that I didn't learn in the learning stage before. Through the analysis of each question, when I encounter a knowledge point that I have not seen before, I will add it to the notes while learning it, so every time I complete For a set of questions, some content will be added to my notes, and the knowledge points recorded before will be updated.


I have an inconspicuous but beneficial technique when reviewing questions. After completing a set of questions, I will review all my notes. For example, after completing eight sets of questions, I added eight notes and reviewed eight thoroughly. Notes all over. This has played a significant role in strengthening my memory in a short period because after reviewing repeatedly, many concepts were remembered more and more clearly, and I finally passed the exam. So the order in which I spend time doing a set of questions is: review notes> check> doing the questions. Although it takes a lot of time, it is beneficial. I recommend that everyone can do the same.


When I finished reading the questions and felt that I was almost ready, I started to schedule the exam. I also want to say more here. I suggest you make an appointment as soon as possible. Because preparing for the exam outside of work is very energy-consuming and time-consuming, it is best not to delay. The longer you wait, the more tossing, and the knowledge is easy to forget, so you feel that Take the exam as soon as possible after the status is ok.


The appointments for exams are all officially conducted from AWS. There are two platforms to choose from. I finally decided on Pearson VUE, mainly because this institution has many test centers, and the test time is more flexible. After I finished the last set of questions on Sunday, I made an appointment for the test on Wednesday morning of the second week to delay it too long.


Bring your ID card and passport to the test center on the day of the test, starting at 10 o'clock. Because I signed up for the Chinese trial, the questions and options are all in Chinese. In addition to the tension, I was very uncomfortable at the beginning. Because I watched videos and brush questions in English, I didn't recognize many concepts after I changed them to Chinese. Although the test system has the English translation, it was still a little messy at the beginning. Later, after doing a few more questions, I gradually found the feeling. At the same time, I also changed to look at the English test questions directly, compare the Chinese when I couldn't understand, and finally complete the exam. After the end, I saw the system prompt "pass" the exam; I was thrilled and felt that the hard work of the last half month was finally not in vain.


I received the email the day after I finished the exam. This is the last certificate I got:


The above are some of my experience sharing in taking the AWS SAA exam. Because it summarizes my own exam experience, I did not introduce too much information related to the exam. I mainly share my methods and experience in the early exam process, hoping to prepare for the exam. Some help from classmates.


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