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How to prepare for AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification exam?

     -     Nov 29th, 2016   -     AWS Certifications   -     16 Comments

Whizlabs proud to launch it’s first AWS certification (AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate) mock simulator with 420+ questions. It is one of the most demaned and valuable certification for AWS developers. According to the latest survey, this certification leads the highest paid industry certifications.

In this article, we are writing the step-by-step guide for preparing for this certification and how to pass the exam in first attempt.

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How to get started?

You have start from Amazon’s official site for certification. That is the best place for you to start knowing about the various certification exams offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Here is the official site for AWS Certification Exams.

AWS Certification Exams

There are five certifications are offered by Amazon Web services (AWS). This is divided into Associate Level and Professional Level certifications. Associate level is the entry point and Professional level is the advanced certifications. Here is the list of certifications:
Associate Certifications

  • Solutions Architect Associate
  • Developer Associate
  • SysOps Administrator Associate

Professional Certifications

  • Solutions Architect Professional
  • DevOps Engineer Professional

Speciality Certifications
These certifications currently in the beta versions.

  • Security Specialty
  • Advanced Networking Specialty
  • Big Data Specialty

AWS CertificationsHere is the representation of info-graphics for the list of AWS certifications:

AWS Certifications

Solutions Architect Associate Exam


AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam is the basic level certification exam conducted by Amazon. If you are planning start your career with AWS technology, then this certification is the ideal place to start your preparation. When you complete this certification exam, you will have sufficient knowledge to work on all the services.

Summary of exam details for Solutions Architect Associate certification exam.

  • Number of Questions: 60 Multiple Choice Questions (Amazon keeps changing the number of questions)
  • Duration : 80 Minutes
  • Passing Score: 65% (Amazon keeps changing the passing score)
  • Exam Cost: $150 (The price is common across all the countries)

Note: Amazon request every exam takers to sign up for the Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before writing the exam. The exam takers are not allowed to disclose any of the exam details like questions, number of questions, passing score, etc. If they do it publicly, Amazon will cancel their certification.

Sign-Up for Free Tier Account

AWS free tier is the free web services environment offered by Amazon for it’s first time users. If you are new to the cloud computing world, then you must be aware that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the leading cloud platform across the world. It has weak challenges from Microsoft and Google. So, there is great amount of opportunities for career if you have good knowledge on AWS and prepare for the AWS certifications.

Signing up to the free tier is ideal way to start making your hands dirty. There is no short cut, you have to get your hands dirty by exploring the AWS console once you have signed up for the free tier.

Please visit the site Sign-up for AWS Free Tier Account. This is the entry point for signing up to the free account.

AWS Console

AWS Preparation White Papers

AWS’s official certification site itself providing lots of study materials that will be very helpful for you to prepare for the Solutions Architect Associate certification exam.

  • Official Preparation Site – Just browse the official certification page for any information about the exams, white papers, FAQs , etc. that can be used for the preparation.
  • Exam Blue Print – Exam blue print is the exam objectives. This details out what are the things thate are covered in the exam.


  • Sample Exam Questions – There is set of 5 questions available in the official website. This questions can be reviewed by you to understand what type of questions are asked in the exam. Essentially this would help you to get an basic idea about the multiple choice questions. More than that it would not help you much. But, it is worth reading once as a first step before you start the preparation for the certification exam.


  • Hands-on Practice – This is one of the important part of preparation techniques. As we have explained earlier, once you are registered with the free tier account, you can start exploring the services available in the AWS console. This will give you very good idea on how to use them. Most of the questions asked in the exam is scenario based questions which expect you to choose based on a certain scenarios. Unless you have the experience, you will not be able to answer them properly.
  • FAQ – Every services have it’s own FAQs section. This section would provide very good clarity on the services. Essentially, these sections explains the do’s and dont’s of each services. That will be very helpful for the exam preparation.
  • Practice Exam – The practice exam cost you $20. But, there is only 20 questions for you. We would suggest that there is not much value spending $20 for just 20 questions. You can purchase any of the good exam simulators like Whizlabs for the most effective preparation.
  • White Papers – It is most recommended to read the white papers. Atleast reading few important white papers would help you to get good idea on the services. Some of the important white papers are Overview of Security Processes ,Storage Options in the Cloud ,Defining Fault Tolerant Applications in the AWS Cloud ,Overview of Amazon Web Services ,Compliance Whitepaper and Architecting for the AWS Cloud.

Recommended Books

There are only one book available in the market for the Solutions Architect Associate certification exam. That is official guide for this exam. You can read that book for the preparation. But, that itself would not be sufficient. You have to definitely read the white papers provided by Amazon for each services. The most important one if the security.

Commercial Practice Questions

There are few commercial mock exam simulators are in the market. You can buy any one of them to prepare for the solutions architect associate certification exam.


We hope that this article would be very helpful for preparing for the solutions architect certification exam. In Whizlabs, we are creating practice questions and training resources with maximum dedication to cover all the exam objectives and help the students to pass the exam in the first attempt. Our exam simulator have very detailed explanation for each questions. This will be them to understand why each option is correct or wrong.

If you have any questions about the AWS certifications, please call us and send mail to our support. We are happy to answer your queries related to AWS certification exams.

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There are 16 comments

  • 11 months ago

    shyam   /   Reply

    nice useful and must check .

  • 10 months ago

    viswanathan   /   Reply

    pretty good article

  • 10 months ago

    Suneet Kumar Tatikonda   /   Reply

    Very good article and pretty informative

  • 10 months ago

    babu   /   Reply

    nice and useful information

  • 9 months ago

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  • 9 months ago

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  • 8 months ago

    karthik   /   Reply

    Good Information

  • 7 months ago

    Mayank   /   Reply

    I have passed my first AWS Solutions Architect – Associate with 80%. Thanks! Whizlabs.
    Question bank is too good.

    Overall Score: 80%

    Topic Level Scoring:
    1.0 Designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems: 69%
    2.0 Implementation/Deployment: 100%
    3.0 Security: 90%
    4.0 Troubleshooting: 100%

    • 7 months ago

      Joseph Laraia   /   Reply

      Hello Mayank,

      Thank you for the feedback. It is great to know that our exam questions have helped you.

    • 7 months ago

      Ankit   /   Reply

      Hey Mayank,
      Congrations !! 🙂 🙂 .. I need to appear for the certification in next few days due to some compliance thing @ work. Do you have any pointers that could help me prepare for the battle? 😛

    • 6 months ago

      sahana   /   Reply

      Hi Mayank

      can yu help me with the practice questions please.
      my mail id is :muttal.me@gmail.com

      let me know, so that it would be of great help.

  • 7 months ago

    Amarbir   /   Reply

    Great site for preparation!

  • 6 months ago

    jaya naga raja   /   Reply

    Link for the question is not working. Could you please share it.


  • 6 months ago

    Satyakam Rath   /   Reply

    I have bought the exam prep already from Whizlabs. Can I get a 25% discount as money back if I tweet this link ?

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