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The AWS Certification team is hosting a beta for an updated version of our Solutions Architect – Associate exam. This exam is intended for individuals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to design distributed systems on AWS. This exam validates an examinee’s ability to:

  • Define a solution using architectural design principles based on customer requirements.
  • Provide implementation guidance based on best practices to the organization throughout the lifecycle of the project

Participants in this beta will be the first to take the new exam, which features questions reflecting current AWS features, services, and best practices. The beta exam is offered at a 50% discount for 75 USD.

This opportunity is open to anyone interested in taking the AWS Certified – Solutions Architect exam. Be sure to select the “beta” exam during registration to participate. Individuals who participate in the beta exam will be notified about their results within 3 months.

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  • One year of hands-on experience designing large, cost efficient, fault tolerant, and scalable distributed systems on AWS
  • Hands-on experience using compute, networking, storage, and database AWS services
  • Hands-on experience with AWS deployment and management services
  • Ability to identify and define technical requirements for an AWS-based application
  • Ability to identify which AWS services meet a given technical requirement
  • Knowledge of recommended best practices for building secure and reliable applications on the AWS platform
  • An understanding of the basic architectural principles of building on the AWS cloud
  • Understanding of the AWS global infrastructure
  • 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

For more detail, please see our Beta Exam Blueprint.

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’s outline changes.

Q: Why is there a beta exam for the existing AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification?
To maintain the currency of the certification, AWS Certification has developed a new exam outline for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam. We are offering 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 AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam will be republished and will then map to the new exam outline.

Q: Who should take the beta exam?
Anyone who has the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively demonstrate knowledge of how to design distributed systems on AWS is an appropriate candidate for the beta exam. See the beta exam blueprint for more information about the beta exam.

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.
  • During this time, the existing AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam will also continue to be available, so be sure to select the “beta” exam during registration.  

Q: Should I take the beta exam or the current version of the exam?
There are several differences between the beta exam and the current version of the exam. The beta exam is based on a new beta exam blueprint. The beta exam is longer (150 minutes vs. 80 minutes) and costs less (75 USD vs. 150 USD.) The beta exam is available only in English; the current version of the exam is also available in Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Finally, the current exam provides a score and pass/fail status at the end of the exam; beta results are typically available 3 months after the beta closes.

Q: How long after I take the beta until I get my results?
Beta results are typically available 3 months after the beta closes.

Q: What happens if I pass the beta?
Passing a beta counts the same as passing a regular exam. Your certification will be valid for two (2) years after you pass the beta exam.

Q: I already hold a Solutions Architect - Associate certification. Can I participate in this beta opportunity?
Yes, this beta is open to individuals who already hold the Solutions Architect – Associate certification. Individuals who pass the exam will hold the certification for an additional 2 years from the beta pass date. If your certification is expiring within 3 months, we recommend you take the recertification exam to recertify before your exam expires.