AWS Certified Solutions Architect Professional Exam


I need to write AWS CSA Professional exam in next 15 days. Unable to find any good book or training videos on the internet.

Could someone please advice what should I study and how to crack this exam.

Thanks in advance.
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Stuart ScottAWS Content Lead at Cloud AcademyCommented:

I would take your first visit at the AWS Certification site for the Pro exam:

Take the practise exam, and take a look at the sample questions.  Be sure to look at the exam guide and for any areas that you may be lacking some understanding then that would be a good place to focus your efforts on over the next 2 weeks.

Also look at the Deepdive videos that AWS have put on Youtube, there are some great videos here, most of them 45mins to 1 hour long that dig deeper in to the services providing a greater understanding about each of the services.

Check out the Whitepapers too:
There are some great scenarios within these whitepapers specfically around Hight Availability etc.

There aren't really many books dedicated to the Pro exam and I hear the best way to prepare is to have as much AWS experience as possible.

I wrote an article on preparing on AWS certifications, although this was based around my experience when achieving the Associate, however there maybe some links or information within it that you may find useful.

Good luck!


cloudtechnicianAuthor Commented:
Thanks Stuart
Stuart ScottAWS Content Lead at Cloud AcademyCommented:

I was at an AWS event last night and spoke to a few people undergoing some studying for this exam and to someone who had passed it.  

They explained that it would be a good idea to brush on topics such as Opsworks, Elastic Beanstalk and some of the lesser used services (I am sure this is probably covered in the exam blueprint though).  Also I heard that there are generally a couple of  answers that could be seen as correct on some questions, however one of them would be a better solution/answer than the other and its of course that one that will give you the correct answer.  

Other pointers were to look for key words and objectives in the question which would quickly rule out some of the answer options as a viable answer.  Sounds obvious but thought I'd mention anyway.

Apparently the sample questions on the AWS site are harder than the real exam, so if you are happy with those sample questions then that should give you some confidence!



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cloudtechnicianAuthor Commented:
Thanks Stuart for sharing the tips. I also spoke to one of my colleague who passed the exam last week and he mentioned the same things that in the exam they're touching on lesser used services like EMR, Direct Connect, OpsWork, RedShift, SQS and SWF. I've scheduled the exam for 27 but I'm not sure whether I'll be able to make it :(

Lets see I'll share my feedback about the exam with you.
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