First of all, take a deep breath in, you gave the exam your best shot, where to go from here?
Well, I personally have failed all of the AWS Examinations before Passing them and I think there is no argument across the board that having failed first made me a better Engineer. Here are some steps that will help you on your road to becoming a Successful Cloud Engineer.
1.) **Chin up , and do not feel inadequate for failing, the worst thing we do as a community is comparing, never compare yourself to anyone else, we are all unique, in the way we learn, the same in our tastes with food or clothing, that is what makes us who we are. So the important thing here is to dust yourself off and prepare for your next attempt.
2.) AWS designs these exams for individuals that have working knowledge of the technology and not just the theory / subject matter. There is a great deal of practicality in these exams. Your exam experience is going to be much different to that a colleague or friend that’s written the exam. Once you have passed the exam AWS Accredits and Validates your have the knowledge and practicality thereof to show potential / current employees you can be entrusted with specific responsibilities. That is why these exams are not made easy, so remember when you are taking an exam that is globally weighted there is a lot more than just book study required.
3.) Take your Exam Results Seriously
Use these results as reference and go back to your Practice Exams and do a deep dive on just that specific Domain that you need improvement in, what my approach is, I typically recreate the question provided to me, in a Lab Environment, this helps me not only understand why it’s the right answer, however when you apply it practically, the brain has a way of actually interpreting the requirement or solution for a given scenario.
4.) Stay consistent, try and be as consistent as possible to the number of hours you study a day or week, as most of the time its easy to forget a topic because you took too long to get back to it and then you have to revise the entire domain all over again. So, Consistency is key. Make sure you give yourself a dedicated number of hours to study and more especially so time to relax as well, try not to over study and then not absorb the knowledge you are taking in.
5.) Re-Book that Exam, once you are feeling confident again, I suggest try using as many practice exams that you can get your hands on, Udemy (Stephen Maarek, Neal Davis, Jon Bonso), acloud guru, Whizlabs & Tutorials Dojo. What’s important here is that you are not memorizing the same questions from the practice exams you are re-doing, if you have an HR department that can pay for these, I suggest you reach out, also the practice exams are typically quite cheap and there are typically promotions run, I remember I paid $10 for my SysOps Administrator Associate Exam with Practice Labs from Tutorial Dojo. It was amazing. I must stress here, there are many actually quite literally Hundreds of people to do date who write these exams and pass by studying and labbing and following the above methods, its my plea that you are not persuaded by anyone to purchase what are referred to DUMPS or documents that may or may not have the questions of the exam on them. Not only are your discrediting the certification that we spend many hours, months and years working to obtain, you are cheating your own future. Lets remember the certification is only the key to the interview, if you get to an interview without the real knowledge that the certification carries, that HR Agent may blacklist you against not only jobs with them but with their partner company’s as well, whats worse is that all your examinations can be revoked and you will be fined or even face imprisonment, save yourself such despair and put the hard work into completing your studies the right way.
When you Pass Nothing will feel more amazing knowing that you ROCK! Well Done, Never Give up!!!