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AWS Certification uses beta exams to test new exam questions before they are used in a live exam. An exam goes through the beta process before the exam is launched for the first time. AWS Certification also completes a beta process when an exam outline changes. Beta exams are offered at a 50% discount from standard exam pricing.

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AWS Certified Developer – Associate beta exam

This beta exam validates a candidate’s understanding of core AWS services, uses, and basic AWS architecture best practices. It also validates proficiency in developing, deploying, and debugging cloud-based applications using AWS. Learn more >>

  • Price: 75 USD
  • Registration opens: February 12, 2018
  • First exam delivery: February 19, 2018
  • Last exam delivery: March 16, 2018

Beta exam space is limited and registration will close when capacity is reached. Anyone who has already registered will have the opportunity to complete their beta exam as scheduled.

 

AWS Certified Security - Specialty beta exam

This exam will certify that the successful candidate can effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to secure the AWS platform. Learn more >>

  • Price: 150 USD
  • Registration opens: January 9, 2018
  • First exam delivery: January 15, 2018
  • Last exam delivery: March 2, 2018

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This AWS Certified Developer - Associate beta examination is intended for individuals who perform a Developer role.

It validates an examinee’s ability to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of core AWS services, uses, and basic AWS architecture best practices.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in developing, deploying, and debugging cloud-based applications using AWS.
  • One or more years of hands-on experience developing and maintaining an AWS-based application
  • In-depth knowledge of at least one high-level programming language
  • Understanding of core AWS services, uses, and basic AWS architecture best practices
  • Proficiency in developing, deploying, and debugging cloud-based applications using AWS
  • Ability to use the AWS service APIs, AWS CLI, and SDKs to write applications
  • Ability to identify key features of AWS services
  • Understanding of the AWS shared responsibility model
  • Understanding of application lifecycle management
  • Ability to use a CI/CD pipeline to deploy applications on AWS
  • Ability to use or interact with AWS services
  • Ability to apply a basic understanding of cloud-native applications to write code
  • Ability to write code using AWS security best practices (e.g., not using secret and access keys in the code, instead using IAM roles)
  • Ability to author, maintain, and debug code modules on AWS
  • Proficiency writing code for serverless applications
  • Understanding of the use of containers in the development process

For more detail, please see our Exam Guide.

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The AWS Certified Security - Specialty beta examination is intended for individuals who perform a security role. Individuals who hold any associate level certification or the Cloud Practitioner certification are eligible for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty beta exam. This exam will certify that the successful candidate can effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to secure the AWS platform.

It validates an examinee’s ability to demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with regional- and country-specific security and compliance regulations and meta issues that these regulations embody.
  • An understanding of specialized data classifications and AWS data protection mechanisms.
  • An understanding of data encryption methods and AWS mechanisms to implement them.
  • An understanding of secure Internet protocols and AWS mechanisms to implement them.
  • A working knowledge of AWS security services and features of services to provide a secure production environment.
  • Competency gained from two or more years of production deployment experience using AWS security services and features.
  • Ability to make tradeoff decisions with regard to cost, security, and deployment complexity given a set of application requirements.
  • An understanding of security operations and risk.
  • A minimum of five years of IT security experience, designing and implementing security solutions.
  • At least two years of hands-on experience securing AWS workloads.
  • Security controls for workloads on AWS.

For more detail, please see our Security Beta Exam Guide.

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Q: What is a beta exam?
AWS Certification uses beta exams to test new exam questions before they are used in a live exam. An exam goes through the beta process before the exam is launched for the first time. AWS Certification also completes a beta process when an exam outline changes.

Q: What is the benefit of taking a beta exam?
Beta candidates have the opportunity to take the newest exams first. If the beta is successful, candidates who pass the exam will be among the first to hold the new certification. In addition, beta exams are typically offered at 50% off standard exam pricing.

Q: When will I get my beta exam results?
Beta exam results are typically available 90 days (13 weeks) or less from the close of the beta exam.

Q: What happens if I pass the beta?
If the beta exam is successful and a full version of the exam is released, candidates who passed the beta exam will be awarded the AWS Certification. Your certification will be valid for two (2) years after you pass the beta exam.

Q: What happens if I do not pass the beta exam?
Individuals who participate in beta exams but do not pass are eligible to receive a voucher to retake the exam at no cost once it is released.

Q: Why is there a beta exam for an existing AWS Certification exam?
We develop new exam outlines to maintain the currency of our certification exams. We offer a beta version of the new exam in order to gather statistical information about new questions that fit the new outline. After the beta process is complete, the exam will be republished and map to the new exam outline.

Q: Where do I take the beta exam?
Beta exams are delivered by our testing partner, PSI. PSI has testing centers in hundreds of locations across the globe. You can access a list of the available testing centers in your area with available dates and times during the exam scheduling process.

Q: How do I register for a beta exam?
Here are the steps to register:

  • Go to: https://www.aws.training/
  • Click “Sign In” to sign in or create an account
    • APN Partners should sign in using their APN Portal credentials
    • If this is your first time signing in, update your demographic information
  • Once you are signed in, click the “Certification” Tab
  • Click “AWS Certification Account”
    • If this is your first time signing in, follow the prompts to create a new AWS Certification Account
  • From your AWS Certification Account, click “Schedule New Exam”
  • You will be directed to our testing vendor, PSI, to find and schedule an exam
  • Select the beta exam and follow the prompts to complete your registration

Please contact us if you have questions about exam registration.

Q: Why is beta registration limited?
We are offering a beta version of the new exam in order to gather statistical information about new questions that fit the new outline. Once we reach our capacity for this statistical analysis, we may close registration for the beta exam. Anyone who has already registered will have the opportunity to complete their beta exam as scheduled.  

Q: What languages are beta exams available in?
Beta exams are available in English. We anticipate more languages will be available once the exam is released in full.

Q: I took the 2016 Security beta exam. How do I get my voucher to take this updated beta exam?
Vouchers for the new beta exam were sent to everyone who participated in the first version of the beta via email. Be sure to check the email associated with your AWS Certification Account for the voucher. If you took the exam in 2016 and did not receive a voucher, please contact us.