Memo of AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C00)

Memo of AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C00)

Takahiro Iwasa
(岩佐 孝浩)
Takahiro Iwasa (岩佐 孝浩)
3 min read
AWS Certification

I have successfully passed AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate (SAA-C00) exam. I will be sharing some tips on how to obtain this certification.

AWS Skill before Taking Exam

I had been using basic AWS services such as EC2, RDS, DynamoDB, S3, SNS and so on in my daily work before taking the exam.

Preparation

Schedule

As my company’s AWS partner status was about to expire, I created a study plan to pass with minimal effort.

Learning Materials

Amazon Web Services 実践入門 (Japanese)

I skipped to read topics related to AWS CLI because it seemed not to be covered by the exam.

合格対策 AWS認定ソリューションアーキテクト -アソシエイト (Japanese)

I used this as a reference material.

AWS Official Practice Test

To assess my knowledge by topic, I took the AWS official practice test.

Total score: 80%

Topic level score:
1.0 Designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems: 91%
2.0 Implementation/Deployment: 100%
3.0 Data Security: 75%
4.0 Troubleshooting: 0%

Timeline

I began the preparation on March 6th and passed the exam on March 19th. Total preparation time was about 250 minutes (4 hours and 10 minutes).

DateTimeMaterials
03/0620 min.Amazon Web Services実践入門
03/0710 min.Amazon Web Services実践入門
03/0820 min.Amazon Web Services実践入門
03/0940 min.Amazon Web Services実践入門
03/1010 min.Amazon Web Services実践入門
03/1130 min.Amazon Web Services実践入門
03/1230 min.合格対策 AWS認定ソリューションアーキテクト -アソシエイト
03/1730 min.合格対策 AWS認定ソリューションアーキテクト -アソシエイト
03/1830 min.合格対策 AWS認定ソリューションアーキテクト -アソシエイト
03/18-AWS Official Practice Test
03/1930 min.Final review

Result

Actual Score

Total score: 66%

Topic level score:
1.0 Designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems: 60%
2.0 Implementation/Deployment: 66%
3.0 Data Security: 90%
4.0 Troubleshooting: 50%

Passing Level

The passing score may vary depending on the correct answer rates of the exam. According to the following websites, it seems that around 65% is required to pass.

Total Cost

Total cost was 23,306 yen.

ItemsCosts
AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate16,200 yen
AWS Official Practice Test2,160 yen
Amazon Web Services実践入門2,786 yen
合格対策 AWS認定ソリューションアーキテクト -アソシエイト(Kindle版)2,160 yen

Conclusion

There were topics not covered by the learning materials. If you are not familiar with the topics, you may struggle to answer them. However, exam takers would pass successfully if they can answer basic questions.

Takahiro Iwasa
(岩佐 孝浩)

Takahiro Iwasa (岩佐 孝浩)

Software Developer at KAKEHASHI Inc.
Involved in the design, development, and operation of the prescription data collection platform