Passed AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner to close out 2020
JDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSOM GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,666 Admin
edited December 2020 in Amazon Web Services (AWS)
I passed the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam yesterday with a score of 905/1000. It took me 32 minutes to make a first pass through the exam and another five minutes review a few of my answers. (This exam has a high likelihood of giving clues about how to answer some exam items from the information in other exams items, so the extra time spent may be worth it to you.)
The wording of the item stems is simple; even the scenario narratives are not very complex. (It is a fundamentals exam after all.) I didn't notice any nonsensical or fictitious information--although I did see one answer option that used the word "authentication" instead of the correct term "verification." If you know about AWS services, Cloud concepts, AWS Well-Architected Framework and AWS best practices then you can pretty much nail this exam. (Don't kid yourself; it's a LOT of information to ingest.)
For AWS CCP exam training, I noodled my way around several free training videos on YouTube and the free 6-hour course in AWS Training. I found many of these offerings to be more into entertainment and production values and less about presenting information in a succinct, palatable way--at least for my tastes.
I settled on $20 Black Friday special from Digital Cloud Training of six, 65-item AWS CCP practice exams and a 200-page study guide. I saw the DCT videos on YouTube and the material looked straight-forward, detailed, and with no extraneous glitz. Both the practice exams and guide contain material useful in many AWS exams. I will be referring back to this material when I tackle other AWS exams next year.
The DCT practice exams are very accurate to the form and function of the AWS CCP exam itself, but much more detailed and information-rich. In fact, I was rather concerned going into the CCP exam because I was only scoring in the low-70's on the DCT practice exams. However, only a few items into the actual CCP exam, I realized how much more challenging the DCT material was and forced me to study harder than I otherwise might have. The CCP exam itself actually seemed anti-climatic in comparison.
When you finish your AWS exam, you are presented with a PASS or FAIL but no score. Your score report is created after a back-office review of your exam results for fraud, to collect metrics, etc. You see your score, get your certificate, logo, etc. in the AWS Training and Certification Portal within five business days after your exam. (Mine appeared in less than a day.) There are also some additional perks to being an AWS certification holder that you will find in the portal and be emailed about too.
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