AWS Certification Exam Tips

Speed Reading

  • Long questions and answers appears very occasionally in Associate exams, but very frequently in advanced exams, you need to read them quickly
  • Questions usually include non-essential details like company name, etc., and with essential keywords like service names and service relationships, try to focus on the keywords and get the idea of the architecture quickly
  • Optimization questions will ask you to optimize for one pillar (least overhead, most cost effective, most secure, etc.), usually in the last part of the question, look carefully for them
  • Do not be intimidated by five long answers that overflow the first screen, 90% of them should be highly “templatized”, read the first answer and note the components, then use it as a template to speed read the rest for deltas (differences)
  • Eliminate impossible answers as early as possible; if you see an answer so wrong that it could have been put there just to make up the numbers, then skip it unless all others seem suspicious as well

Non-English Speaker

  • For non-English speaker, there is an accommodation option called English as Second Language, apply for it BEFORE scheduling an exam
    • In AWS Certification website > Request exam accommodation
  • (Not verified) If you are not an English speaker and an exam is available in your language, take it, you will be able to switch back to English when in doubt during the exam