AWS associate exam renewal questions

My AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate expires in November. Based on https://aws.amazon.com/certification/recertification/ I assume this means I will get an email in May inviting me to re-certify. Does anyone know:
1) Can I take the recertification exam as soon as I get the email, and if so, will I be certified until May 2020 or November 2020 ?
2) Any guesses on whether the official study guide will be re-issued this year? It's already 18 months out of date.
3) Is the recertification exam really shorter and cheaper than the initial exam ? Microsoft generally expect people to pass and pay for a full exam when recertifying.

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  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Posts: 2,013Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    I think you need to retake the same exam, or a higher level exam, in order to re-certify.
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  • thaslettthaslett Posts: 2Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    My AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate expires in November. Based on https://aws.amazon.com/certification/recertification/ I assume this means I will get an email in May inviting me to re-certify. Does anyone know:
    1) Can I take the recertification exam as soon as I get the email, and if so, will I be certified until May 2020 or November 2020 ?
    2) Any guesses on whether the official study guide will be re-issued this year? It's already 18 months out of date.
    3) Is the recertification exam really shorter and cheaper than the initial exam ? Microsoft generally expect people to pass and pay for a full exam when recertifying.

    Hey, Tom Haslett from Linux Academy here:
    1) You can take the recertification exam at any time you like (assuming you see it as schedulable on the AWS/PSI exam registration site.)
    2) No idea if AWS will publish a new (updated) book. You can always refer to an online training course at Linux Academy. People are using it to pass the CSA-A every day.
    3) The recertification exam is the same length, format, and cost at the initial exam.

    Good luck!
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