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Tasha Penwell
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Tips for Passing AWS Certification

I had a couple of people ask me on tips to passing the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Practitioner exam so I made a little video on resources I used and tips I learned.

Resources like...
☁️ A Cloud Guru
☁️ AWS Whitepapers
☁️ AWS Certification courses

Tips like...
🤓 Write down (not type) your notes
🤓 Make your own flash cards
🤓 Read those Whitepapers!
🤓 Do those quizzes daily

There’s a new resource I learned about a week before my exam called ExamPro with Andrew Brown but didn’t get a chance to check it out before this past exam. I will when prepping for next one though!

I also have a couple of upcoming presentations discussing...

👩‍💻 Cloud Computing for Small Businesses (how can use the AWS Cloud)

👩‍💻 Looking Up Into the AWS Cloud (how can teach about the AWS Cloud)

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Andrew Brown 🇨🇦

💯 Excellent Tips Tasha.

Learn all the services

For CCP its good to learn as many services as possible. You don't need to know how to use them just know what they do as they can help eliminate the wrong choices. One of the recommended whitepapers is a glorified list of AWS services.

Unscored Questions

If you take your exam and you see questions on obscure services you didn't study for don't stress. AWS is always testing new questions which are not scored. So you can see 5 questions which you'll have no knowledge of and its likely these unscored questions.

Watch out for these

Business-centric services are starting to appear more such as QuickSight, Macie, Gaurd Duty, WAF, Amazon Connect so give them a learn. Every exam is different so if your friends had a wildly different experience this is not uncommon. Sometimes you'll be lucky and get lots of question you know and sometimes you'll be unlucky.

Study Material vs Exam

No matter what study provider you use, everyone in the market including ExamPro is a bit unaligned with the content since AWS shifted their exams questions from being factoidal to highly situational. Probably 6-9 months all the study content providers will adjust their content to be more in line.

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Tasha Penwell

I thought it was interesting the survey that we were asked to complete at end of exam. It was questions related to how much spent studying and what resources were used. It looks like they are collecting data for exams as everything changes so rapidly.

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Hand written notes are super underrated.

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Tasha Penwell

I agree!! I preached about how the act of thinking and writing pen to paper is such a different process to learn and improves retention. My traditional students aren’t buying it.

One day we were discussing the font Sans Forgettica and I was saying how much I hate it because of annoyance in reading it . One of my students stated the purpose of it was to make your brain work a little differently to retain what you’re reading and compared it to my stating benefits of note taking. I laughed and told him he was just using my words against me now. 😉