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I sat an AWS Certification exam online - here's what happened

helenanders26 profile image Helen Anderson Originally published at helenanderson.co.nz ・4 min read

I sat the Cloud Practitioner exam online which meant I could take the exam in a meeting room at work on my own laptop instead of having to travel to a testing centre.


What does the exam cover?
Preparing for the exam
Scheduling
Getting set up and checked out
The exam
The results


What does the exam cover?

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner is a foundation level certification that tests knowledge of core AWS services, security, cost optimisation, and support plans. It isn't designed to test in-depth knowledge of AWS services and requires high-level knowledge of Cloud Computing.

Domain 1: Cloud Concepts - 28%
Domain 2: Security - 24%
Domain 3: Technology - 36%
Domain 4: Billing and Pricing - 12%

If you're studying toward the Solutions Architect or Developer Associate exams you'll probably have the Technology domain covered but will need to make sure you have enough knowledge of the Billing and Pricing domain.


Preparing for the exam

I've only recently made the move to the tech world so it's been a long journey to get here. I signed up for the AWS Free Tier back in August 2018 and signed up for the AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials course to get started.

The resources I used to cover all the material needed to pass were:


Scheduling

Scheduling the exam was pretty straightforward. The Training and Certification site has all the instructions you need to create an account, fill in your details and schedule a Pearson Vue exam.

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Getting set up and checked out

The instructions recommend that you download the software used to conduct the exam in advance to check that it recognises your microphone and webcam in advance. Even though I did this a few days before I still needed to go through the process again on the day.

I needed to receive a text message which took me to a site to take a picture of my ID, a selfie, and my desk. This was a little tricky due to my choice of room. The desk is built into the walls so when I had to take a picture of the left, right, front and back of the desk it was a bit of a squeeze. I'm glad the proctor wasn't watching me at this point.
Once that was all done on my phone I then had to put my phone beyond arm's length for the rest of the exam time.

The proctor then appeared via a chat window to do some more checks. I had to put my wrists up to the screen to show I wasn't wearing a watch, and do a SLOW 360-degree spin in my office chair to verify I had taken photos of the same room. Hopefully, I didn't make the proctor too dizzy.


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The Exam

After the checks were done the exam was released. The chat window vanished and I was presented with multichoice and multianswer questions. There was a checkbox to flag any questions I wanted to come back to, and a button if I needed to check in with the proctor at any stage.

When I was ready to finish there were another set of questions about how I found the exam and then the final splash page with my results straight away.


The results

The splash screen said I had passed. Yay! And that my results would be emailed within five working days. This arrived the day after so I didn't have to wait long to see get my certificate and official results.

All-in-all it was a straightforward process and made it much easier than having to schedule a time at a training centre to do an exam that was all over in about 45 minutes.

If you're doing the Cloud Practitioner exam soon I'd recommend giving it a go.


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This post originally appeared on helenanderson.co.nz

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Jenna

Hey Helen, did you need to keep your cam on all the way through the exam?

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Helen Anderson Author

Sure did. The camera had to be on the whole time which felt a bit weird for a couple of minutes, but once you're into the exam you forget about it.

There's more info on system requirements on the Pearson Vue FAQ page.

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lee

Ooo wow, what happens if you need to get up to use the bathroom or answer the door etc?

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Helen Anderson Author

There can be no distractions or noise detected. I had to lock the door, put a sign up with ‘exam in progress’, keep my phone across the room, and stay put for the duration of the exam

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Helen Anderson Author

Sounds like my experience was pretty smooth compared to others - lastweekinaws.com/blog/a-ceos-expe...

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Jenna

🙈

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lee

That's an interesting read, sounds like there are still a few issues to iron out, still great that you can take them at home though. Surely there must be a way to do the systems test upfront though?