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How I passed the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam (with no prior AWS knowledge)!

Priya Vaidya
Detailed-oriented, responsible and committed student working towards becoming a full-stack software engineer
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Some overview of the exam:

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam is intended for individuals who can demonstrate an overall understanding of the AWS Cloud. The exam can be taken at a testing center or from home as an online proctored exam. I took the exam at home, it is a proctored exam and I was required to pass a verification to prove I wasn't cheating or using resources during the exam.

Resources I used to prepare:

I started off with this video from FreeCodeCamp:

It's a 4 hour video but it highlights all of the topics that are included in the exam. Keep in mind that I started with no prior AWS knowledge so this video was a great starting point for me. I highly recommend doing the follow-along in the video, because there is no better preparation than hands-on experience. This resource was the most helpful for me. I did however watch it a couple times to solidify topics. I made flashcards after going through the video with definitions of highlighted topics/cloud concepts. There are a lot of abbreviations used instead of the full form of certain technologies within AWS so the flashcards were a huge help.

Walk-through videos of sample exam questions:

It was helpful to watch the walk-through of the sample questions to learn the different strategies that could be used to figure out some of the exam questions.

Amazon Web Services Whitepapers:

AWS Overview
AWS Pricing Overview
AWS Support Plans Overview

Now, I know that it's not fun to read these, but personally it was helpful to skim through these for review. You don't need to know everything in the whitepapers line by line. Just an overview will suffice.

There are lots of paid resources and classes for this exam but after using these I don't think those are necessary at all.
Everything that was asked in the exam was covered by most of the resources that I listed above. If you have any other questions, leave a comment!

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