Motivation For the CCPs
Before diving into the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner or CCPs, let me tell you more about why “the cloud” excites me.
As you can see “the cloud” is everywhere around us. We can see that GitHub is a cloud repository for our code and services such as MongoDB Atlas or Heroku are helping you host your applications on the cloud. It’s easy to take for granted that we can very easily host those applications on storage that we do not own.
“The cloud” also provides companies many advantages such as trading capital costs for operational costs, scalability, agility to focus on applications instead of server/database overheads, and offloading the risks and maintenance of their current on-premise databases.
As a result, huge companies like Amazon, offer their cloud computing services, attracting many companies to sign up with them. Economies of scale allows them to provide these at competitive prices.
The CCPs are for individuals who want to demonstrate their competence in using AWS cloud which represents the entirety of cloud computing services that Amazon has to offer.
After understanding what the CCPs are, my curiosity for figuring out how cloud technology works(at least with AWS) led me to taking the exam and learning for it.
My learning approach was very simple. It took a video and two sets of practice exams for preparations. See below for the resources:
- AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Training 2020 — Full Course
- AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner 500 Practice Exam Questions
- AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Practice Exams
In total, there were 11 practice exams. I finished them with an average score of 72% and an average of 37 minutes taken. For more practice, I did all 11 tests again a second time and my average score improved to 88% with an average time taken of 22 minutes.
As for how I managed my time, I spent an hour or two each day for 4 days on the video. I would watch the content, take notes and research on topics I wanted to know in more details either through the AWS site or by using the whitepapers. The next 2 days were spent drilling myself on the practice exams and understanding what my mistakes were.
My exam was taken online through Pearson VUE Exams. The exam had 65 questions which were either multiple choice or multiple answers(Choose 2s) and had a time limit of 90 minutes. Most of the questions and theory were very similar to what I got from the video and practice exams. I was able to breeze through the exam in about 25 minutes.
Immediately after submitting my answers, I received confirmation that I passed the exam. The detailed score report was delivered to me within a few days. From the report, I managed to score 929/1000 points (Only 700 points is needed to pass).
Overall, I found the certificate really helpful in building a foundational knowledge of the AWS ecosystem and would recommend to anyone who wants to know more about cloud computing.
As for studying for only 6 days, it was a bit too rushed for my liking. If I could have changed that, I would have taken a few more days so that I would be able to learn at a nice pace.
My next step is to host a Full-Stack application with an EC2 instance hooked to a cloud database with security measures in place. The goal is also to try and accomplish all of this with only the free tier.
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