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 or when an exam outline changes. Beta exams are offered at a 50% discount from standard exam pricing and provide an opportunity for AWS to collect feedback from customers to ensure that our exams represent best practices and are rigorous.

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The AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder – Specialty beta exam is recommended for individuals with at least six months of hands-on experience designing and building Alexa skills, have proficiency with a programming language, and who have published at least one skill. This beta exam is available until February 1, 2019.

This exam validates an examinee’s ability to:

• Explain the value of voice

• Design the user experience

• Design the architecture to build a skill

• Follow the AWS and Alexa security best practices

• Develop, test, validate, and troubleshoot skills

• Manage the skill publishing process and work with the Alexa developer console

• Manage skill operations and lifecycles

More information and resources can be found in the exam guide.

  • 85 multiple-choice and multiple-answer questions
  • Beta exam is available in English only
  • 180 minutes to complete the exam

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 training vendor, 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: What prerequisites are required to take these Professional beta exams?
In October 2018, we removed pre-requisites to give candidates more flexibility. Candidates are no longer required to have an Associate certification before pursuing Professional certification, and they are no longer required to have Cloud Practitioner or Associate certification before pursuing Specialty certification. We still encourage exam candidates pursue our recommended learning paths as they advance and validate their skills.

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