Category Archive : AWS

Passing AWS SysOps Admin Associate on the First Try!

I took the AWS SysOps Admin Associate exam this week and passed, thankfully! I found the exam to actually be harder than the Solutions Architect Associate exam. It was a bit odd though, some questions were super hard and others were much easier. I am required to have certifications for my role so I ended up doing the Cloud Practitioner and the SysOps admin within two weeks of each other to fulfill my goals.

The exam is 130 minutes long and mine was 65 questions. I finished with about 45 minutes left then spent another 15 minutes reviewing my flagged questions. With 30 minutes left I clicked submit, answered the silly survey, and was shown “Congratulations! You passed.” There was a weight lifted and I could relax!

The most challenging topics on the exam for me were the questions that required you to look at a JSON policy for either S3 or IAM and figure out what the issue was and how to fix it based on the what the question was asking.

If you want to watch my more detailed description of my study techniques and types of questions that came up, here is my video. Also consider subscribing to the Cajoling Technologies YouTube channel!

How I passed the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner on the first try!

In my latest YouTube video on the Cajoling Technologies channel, I detail how I studied for the exam and passed on the first try. I also give some study tools my peers have shared with me. I found the exam to be challenging but not impossible as long as you take the time to study.

The 4 domains to study are:

1) Cloud Concepts
2) Security and Compliance
3) Technology
4) Billing and Pricing

Here is a grouping of links to that will help you study. You won’t need to use all of these, but choose what is the best fit for your style:

AWS Certification Main Page:

Exam Guide and Sample Questions:

AWS Management Console:

Official Study Guide:

Study Sites:

A Cloud Guru:
Linux Academy:

White Papers:
Overview of Amazon Web Services:
Architecting for the Cloud:
How AWS Pricing Works:

Support Plans:

AWS Cost Management FAQ:

For more information, watch my video here: