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The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level exam

Introduction to The AWS Certified Solutions Architect  

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level exam is intended for individuals who perform a Solutions

Architect role. This exam validates an examinee’s ability to:

  • Identify and gather requirements in order to define a solution to be built using architecture best practices
  • Be capable of providing guidance on architectural best practices to developers and system administrators throughout the lifecycle of the project

The knowledge and skills required at this level should include all of the following areas and objective components below. The knowledge level can be defined as having the majority of following:

How to Enrol for the Exam?

Schedule Your Certification Exam

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Is there a registration fee for exams?

Yes, the registration fee for an All Associate Exam is USD 150. All The Professional Exam is USD 300.

What score is required to pass an AWS Certification exam?

AWS Certification passing scores are set by using statistical analysis and are subject to change. AWS does not publish exam passing scores because exam questions and passing scores are subject to change without notice.

When will I get my exam results?

You will receive your exam results on-screen immediately after completing your exam.

If I fail the exam can I retake it?

If you fail the exam, you can retake the exam subject to the following conditions:

  • You must wait 30 days from the day you fail to take the exam again.
  • You can take the exam up to three times in one year from the date of your first attempt.
  • You must pay the full exam fee each time you retake the exam.

Can I get a detailed report of my exam answers?

In order to maintain the integrity of the exam, the answers to the test questions are not provided to the test taker. Some high-level feedback is provided to help you understand how you scored in various sections of the exam.

What do I do if I need to cancel or reschedule my exam appointment?

If you wish to reschedule or cancel your exam, you must log into your account at Once you’re logged in, click the “Reschedule/Cancel” button next to the exam you wish to change. Canceling or rescheduling within 72 hours will result in a USD 75 fee. Candidates who miss their scheduled exam appointment will forfeit the exam fee and are not eligible for a refund. You will be able to register again for the exam 24 hours after your missed exam time. Missing the exam does not result in a ‘fail’ status.

What is the refund policy?

A full refund is granted by our exam delivery partner, Kryterion, when you cancel your exam with a 72-hour notice. If you wish to cancel your exam, you must log into your account at

Do you have more question?

Go to AWS Official site to see full list of FAQ :

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4) Exam Reschedules/Cancellations: I understand that rescheduling or cancelling my exam with less than 72 hours’ notice WILL result in a USD 75 fee.

AWS Knowledge

Hands-on experience using compute, networking, storage, and database AWS services

Professional experience architecting large scale distributed systems

Understanding of Elasticity and Scalability concepts

Understanding of network technologies as they relate to AWS

A good understanding of all security features and tools that AWS provides and how they relate to traditional services

A strong understanding on how to interact with AWS (AWS SDK, AWS API, Command Line Interface, AWS CloudFormation)

Hands-on experience with AWS deployment and management services

General IT Knowledge

Excellent understanding of typical multi-tier architectures: web servers (Apache, nginx, IIS), caching, application servers, and load balancers

RDBMS (MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server), NoSQL

Knowledge of message queuing and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)

Familiarity with loose coupling and stateless systems

Understanding of different consistency models in distributed systems

Experience with CDN, and performance concepts

Network experience with route tables, access control lists, firewalls, NAT, HTTP, DNS, IP and OSI Network

Knowledge of RESTful Web Services, XML, JSON

Familiarity with the software development lifecycle

Work experience with information and application security including public key encryption, SSH, access credentials, and X.509 certificates

These training courses or other equivalent methodologies will assist in exam preparation:

Architecting on AWS (

In-depth knowledge or training in at least one high-level programming language

AWS Cloud Computing Whitepapers ( o Overview of Amazon Web Services

o Overview of Security Processes

o AWS Risk & Compliance Whitepaper o Storage Options in the Cloud

o Architecting for the AWS Cloud: Best Practices

Experience deploying hybrid systems with on-premise and AWS components

Utilization of the AWS Architecture Center website (

Note: This examination blueprint includes weighting, test objectives, and example content. Example topics and concepts are included to clarify the test objectives; they should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of all of the content of this examination.

The table below lists the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented.


% of Examination

 Serial #


Designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant,

scalable systems






Data Security







Response Limits

The examinee selects from four (4) or more response options the option(s) that best completes the statement or answers the question. Distracters or wrong answers are response options that examinees with incomplete knowledge or skill would likely choose, but are generally plausible responses fitting into the content area defined by the test objective.

Test item formats used in this examination are:

Multiple-choice: examinee selects one option that best answers the question or completes a statement. The option can be embedded in a graphic where the examinee “points and clicks” on their selection choice to complete the test item.

Multiple-response: examinee selects more than one option that best answers the question or completes a statement.

Sample Directions: Read the statement or question and from the response options, select only the option(s) that represent the most correct or best answer(s) given the information.

Content Limits

1 Domain 1.0: Designing highly available, cost efficient, fault tolerant, scalable systems

1.1Identify and recognize cloud architecture considerations, such as fundamental components and effective designs.

Content may include the following:

How to design cloud services

Planning and design


Familiarity with:

Best practices

Developing to Client Specifications including pricing/cost (e.g., on Demand vs. Reserved vs. Spot, RTO and RPO DR Design)

Architectural trade-off decisions (high availability vs. cost, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) vs. installing your own database on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2))

Integrating with existing development environments and building scalable architecture

Elasticity and scalability

2 Domain 2.0: Implementation/Deployment

2.1Identify the appropriate techniques and methods using Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Elastic Beanstalk, CloudFormation, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to code and implement a cloud solution.

Content may include the following:

  • Configure an Amazon Machine Image (AMI)
  • Operate and extend service management in the private cloud
  • Configure compliance in the private and public cloud
  • Launching instances in a variety of geographical regions

3 Domain 3.0: Data Security

3.1 Recognize and implement secure procedures for optimum cloud deployment and maintenance. Content may include the following:

Cloud Security Best Practices

  •  How to build and use a threat model
  • How to build and use a data flow diagram for risk management

 Use cases

  • Abuse Cases (Negative use cases)
  •  Security Architecture with AWS

oShared Security Responsibility Model

oAWS Platform Compliance

oAWS security attributes (customer workloads down to physical layer)

oSecurity Services

oAWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)

oAmazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)

oCIA and AAA models, ingress vs. egress filtering, and which AWS services and features fit

o“Core” Amazon EC2 and S3 security feature sets

oIncorporating common conventional security products (Firewall, IDS:HIDS/NIDS, SIEM, VPN)

oDesign Patterns

oDDOS mitigation

oEncryption solutions

oComplex access controls (building sophisticated security groups, ACLs, etc.)

oAmazon CloudWatch for the security architect

3.2Recognize critical disaster recovery techniques and their implementation. Content may include the following:

  • Disaster Recovery

oRecovery time objective

o Recovery point objective

oAmazon Elastic Block Store

  • AWS Import/Export
  • AWS Storage Gateway
  • Amazon Route53
  • Testing the recovered data
  • 4Domain 4.0: Troubleshooting
  • Content may include the following:
  • General troubleshooting information and questions
March 11, 2016

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