AWS SA - Associate

To help with my new job, I’ll be taking a few AWS certifications. First on that list is the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification exam which I passed yesterday.

As a reminder, this is my personal blog and whatever you read here are my personal views and not those of any past, current or future employer!

The AWS SA Associate exam tests foundational knowledge AWS services and the ability to use them to solve requirements with secure & robust solutions. The exam’s duration is 130 minutes & it consists of 65 multiple choice questions with either one or two right answers.


These are the resources that I used to prepare for the exam:

The exam

I took the exam at a PSI center instead of at home. The exam interface is quite straight forward and allows you to navigate between questions as well as flag questions for review later. The count down clock is always visible on the top right and gives a five minute warning as well. I had sufficient time to complete all the questions and then review about 30-odd questions again, before running out of time.

I was informed of the result (pass!) as soon as the exam ended. The screen also informed me that I’ll receive an email within five business days with the score. However, when I logged on to the AWS training website later in the night, the score certificate was already available.

One weird trick

If you are Singaporean, you can use your SkillsFuture credits towards Stephane’s Udemy courses. I did just that for this course and plan to buy his other courses as well for the next certification exam that I attempt.

Good luck if you are planning to take the exam as well!