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How to Prepare for AWS Solution Architect Associate Certification (SAA-C03 & SAA-C02) Exam in 2023

This article will serve as your complete guide to become an AWS Certified Solution Architect in 2023 with links to resources and tips to score high on the exam.

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How to Prepare for AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate Exam

This blueprint will help you to get success in not just AWS certification but also in any IT certification, all you need to do is pick the right resources for each section. This article will help you choose the best online tutors for the AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate exam and choose the best book and Mock tests, and that’s where this article will help you.

In this article, we will share our resources, which will help you to pass the AWS Certified Solution Architect Associate exam with flying colors.

1. Join an Online course

The best way to kick start your AWS certification preparation is to join a quality course which will guide you end to end. While there are many courses on Udemy and skillshare, they lack a personal touch. They are like one sided monologues. Your doubts don't get cleared and even if you follow them step by step, you don't get the same results.

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Though, if you are looking for a book that still provides some value, then I suggest you go through the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Official Study Guide by Joe Baron, Hisham Baz, Tim Bixler, Biff Gaut, Kevin E. Kelly, Sean Senior, and John Stamper. The problem with books is that Amazon keeps changing AWS certification as well as AWS services and console itself frequently. That means any book will quickly become outdated with respect to consoles, functions, and services. This is the biggest issue for using any book for AWS certification.

This book was written for older AWS solution architect certification, but it also covers some of the fundamentals of AWS, which many online courses don’t cover. 

Btw, if you are looking for a more up-to-date book to prepare for AWS Certified Solution Arhicted Associate, then you can also check AWS Certified Solutions Architect Study Guide: Associate SAA-C01 Exam 2nd Edition by Ben Piper and David Clinton. The book also includes 2 Practice exams and 100 electronic flashcards for easy revision.

3. Solve Practice Tests

Also known as practice tests or exam simulators, this is the single biggest thing that can be the difference in just passing the exam or scoring well.

3.1 Udemy AWS Practice Tests

Along with online courses, Udemy also has some practice tests sold as online courses that you can use for preparing for the AWS solution architect exam. Out of many AWS SAA-C01 and AWS SAA-C02 Practice tests on Udemy, I recommend these two, both are the most up-to-date tests:

3.2 David Mayer’s AWS Dumps (987 questions)

This is another big list of AWS practice questions if you like to really go for those 900+ scores. This mock test has got 987 questions and 20 exam tests, which make it the mother of all AWS practice papers. You don’t need anything else after doing it.

3.3 WhizLabs (620 questions)

Includes 6 full-length mock exams and 620 unique questions for AWS Solution architect associate exam practice. It has both full tests as well as topic wise tests to improve your weak areas. On top of that explanation for every question is provided, which further helps in your learning.

4. Work on Hands-on AWS Labs

Practice inside the AWS console is very important if you aspire to work as a Solution Architect for AWS Cloud. In general, I advise students to join a course that also has practice labs and also opens an AWS free tier account.

  1. First time? Create an account. Otherwise, log in.
  2. Pick a free introductory lab and click Enroll

5. Read AWS White Papers

If you are someone who is not happy with 800+ core and want to go for a 900+ score, then I also suggest you read White Papers and Case studies provided by AWS. These are some of the most in-depth and practical content you will get anywhere on the internet.

If you want to go one step more, you can also read AWS documentation as it provides the most up-to-date information, which is undoubtedly an essential factor given AWS is still evolving, and there are hundreds of updates to catch up.

Alternatively, you can also signup for AWS weekly on ACloudGuru, which is a great way to keep up-to-date with new AWS changes. Here is the link to read AWS whitepapers

5 Tips to Pass AWS Certifications in First Attempt

Now that you are familiar with the process of preparing for AWS Solution Architect Certification, it's time to see some tips which can help you to pass this prestigious exam on your very first attempt. This means not only saving you time and money but also disappointment.

  1. How much time do you need to prepare for the AWS Solution Architect Associate exam? Well, preparation time mostly depends on experience level. If you have some AWS experience under your belt, then 2–3 weeks of preparation is enough, but if you are a complete beginner to AWS, then 4 to 6 weeks is a reasonable time.
  2. Hands-on lab exercises are a must if you don’t want to become a paper certified AWS developer or solution architect. All the things you will learn and earn via certification also need a backup of hands-on experience. It’s even more critical for people who are not actively working in AWS as part of their day job. In short, get a free AWS account open and try to break things and learned how to fix them.
  3. Join the courses which are most up-to-date and also include lab exercises for the reason I have mentioned above. Since AWS is still evolving and there is a new feature coming up daily, it’s essential to choose the course which is not most up-to-date, not just in terms of the certification syllabus and curriculum but also with AWS feature and how to do things in the best and latest way in AWS.
  4. Solve as many practice questions as possible. This is, by far, the most important tip from me. Since you are going to appear for an exam, where you need to solve questions in a limited time, you got to do practice to be able to read, understand, and solve those problems quickly. I know many people how have got 1o to 15 questions wrong just because of time pressure. Mock tests and practice questions also help to solidify your knowledge and highlight gaps in your learning. For example, you can use them to find your strong and weak areas and then cover them better before the real exam.