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AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate – Study Tips and Experience

AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate – Study Tips and Experience

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about  my AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate exam experience. Although I had experience with managing AWS in the past, it was my first AWS certification and first time I’ve touched AWS in a few years. Continuing down the AWS certification path, I choose to do the SysOps Administrator test as my second exam.

Exam Experience:

This exam, just like the last, was a mixture of multiple choice and multi-select questions. Compared to the Solutions Architect test, it took me considerably longer to complete the test. I believe I knocked out the Solutions Architect test in 23 mins yet it took me about 45 mins to complete this one, mostly due to the longer questions, most of them situational. Additionally, the SysOps test was only comprised of 55 questions where the Solutions Architect test had 60. I did, however, score higher on this test.

Outside of that, everything else was identical to the previous test, including immediate notification of results and an email providing additional information and your certificate in PDF format.

Study Tips:

If you’re going to tackle the SysOps Administrator test I, like many others, really recommend doing the Solutions Architect test first. Additionally, I recommend scheduling the SysOps exam in close proximity to utilize the knowledge you’ve committed to memory for the Solutions Architect test. When comparing the exam blueprints, you’ll notice that there is considerable overlap between the Associate exams, with all of them pointing to the same whitepapers for study material, so be sure to take advantage of that.

For this test, I only used the A Cloud Guru course to study alongside the knowledge gained from the Solutions Architect test. I’d recommend reviewing your notes for the SA test before heading into the exam room.

Personally, I’m still deciding whether I’m going to take the Developer test or not but I’ll probably do it to have all 3 Associate certifications. Then I’ll start to focus on the Professional exams which I hear are considerably harder.

About The Author

Bryan Krausen

Bryan Krausen is currently working as a Sr. Solutions Architect with experience in a vast number of platforms, specializing in AWS and HashiCorp tools.


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    AWS Certifications are in high demand as the platform becomes more popular and is improved each day. Many students are looking to get the certifications as these are a great career choice. The tips here will be extremely helpful for the students who are looking to attempt this examination.

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    Great tips for studying to pass the AWS Certified SysOps Admin certification!


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