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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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The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate beta examination is intended for individuals with one to two years of experience as a systems administrator in a systems operations role. It is based on a new exam guide that reflects changes in the SysOps Administrator role since the original exam was launched.

The beta is offered for 75 USD. Registration opens on June 5. Exams are available from June 11 – July 13, and registration will be open until capacity is reached. Beta exam results are typically available 90 days (13 weeks) or less from the close of the beta exam.

On September 24, 2018, we plan to release an updated version of the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate exam, and the current version of this exam will be retired. If you plan to take the current version of the exam, you may do so through September 23, 2018. Candidates testing on or after September 24, 2018 will take the updated version of the exam.

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The beta exam validates an examinee’s ability to:
•    Deploy, manage, and operate scalable, highly available, and fault-tolerant systems on AWS
•    Implement and control the flow of data to and from AWS
•    Select the appropriate AWS service based on compute, data, or security requirements
•    Identify appropriate use of AWS operational best practices
•    Estimate AWS usage costs and identity operational cost control mechanisms
•    Migrate on-premises workloads to AWS

Recommended AWS knowledge:
•    Minimum of one year hands-on experience with AWS
•    Experience managing/operating systems on AWS
•    Understanding of the AWS tenets – architecting for the cloud
•    Hands-on experience with the AWS CLI and SDKs/API tools
•    Understanding of network technologies as they relate to AWS
•    Understanding of security concepts with hands-on experience in implementing security controls and compliance requirements

Recommended general IT knowledge:
•    1-2 years of experience as a systems administrator in a systems operations role
•    Understanding of virtualization technology
•    Monitoring and auditing systems experience
•    Knowledge of networking concepts (e.g., DNS, TCP/IP, and firewalls)
•    Ability to translate architectural requirements

Exam Preparation
We have training and other resources to help you prepare for the beta exam:

AWS Training:
•    System Operations on AWS

Whitepapers
•    Architecting for the Cloud: AWS Best Practices
•    AWS Security Best Practices
•    Amazon Web Services: Overview of Security Processes
•    AWS Well-Architected Framework
•    Development and Test on AWS
•    Backup and Recovery Approaches Using AWS
•    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Connectivity Options
•    How AWS Pricing Works

Other
•    AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate Exam: Official Study Guide

 

What's new in the beta exam?
The beta exam has been updated to reflect the latest AWS services and best practices related to the systems administrator and systems operations roles. The beta version of the exam covers seven domains that have been restructured to reflect emphasis on current practices. The beta exam domains are: Monitoring and Reporting, High Availability, Deployment and Provisioning, Storage and Data Management, Security and Compliance, Networking, and Automation and Optimization. The previous version of the exam covers seven domains, including: Monitoring and Metrics, High Availability, Analysis, Deployment and Provisioning, Data Management, Security, and Networking.


Language availability

The AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate beta exam will be available only in English. We anticipate more languages will be available once the exam is released in full.
 

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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.

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