AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate Exam - SAA-C02
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C02) exam is intended for individuals who perform in a solutions architect role. The exam validates a candidate’s ability to design secure and robust solutions by using AWS technologies.
The exam also validates a candidate’s ability to complete the following tasks:
Design a solution by using appropriate AWS services and by following architectural principles based on requirements
Provide implementation guidance based on best practices to the organization throughout the workload lifecycle
Target candidate description
The target candidate should have at least 1 year of hands-on experience designing secure, highperforming, cost-effective, highly available, and scalable systems by using AWS services.
Recommended AWS knowledge
The target candidate should have the following knowledge:
Hands-on experience using compute, networking, storage, management, and database AWS services
The ability to identify and define technical requirements for a solution that involves AWS technology
The ability to identify which AWS services meet a given technical requirement
An understanding of best practices for building well-architected solutions on AWS
An understanding of the AWS global infrastructure
An understanding of AWS security services and features in relation to traditional services
What is considered out of scope for the target candidate?
The following is a non-exhaustive list of related job tasks that the target candidate is not expected to be able to perform. - These items are out of scope for the exam:
Design a complex, hybrid network architecture
Design identity federation within multiple accounts
Design an architecture that meets compliance requirements
Incorporate specialized services in a design
Develop deployment strategies
Create a migration strategy for complex multi-tier applications
There are two types of questions on the exam:
Multiple choice: Has one correct response and three incorrect responses (distractors)
Multiple response: Has two or more correct responses out of five or more response options
Select one or more responses that best complete the statement or answer the question. Distractors, or incorrect answers, are response options that a candidate with incomplete knowledge or skill might choose.
Distractors are generally plausible responses that match the content area. Unanswered questions are scored as incorrect; there is no penalty for guessing. The exam includes 50 questions that will affect your score.
The exam includes 15 unscored questions that do not affect your score. AWS collects information about candidate performance on these unscored questions to evaluate these questions for future use as scored questions. These unscored questions are not identified on the exam.
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam is a pass or fail exam. The exam is scored against a minimum standard established by AWS professionals who follow certification industry best practices and guidelines. Your results for the exam are reported as a scaled score of 100–1,000. The minimum passing score is 720.
Your score shows how you performed on the exam as a whole and whether or not you passed. Scaled scoring models help equate scores across multiple exam forms that might have slightly different difficulty levels. Your score report could contain a table of classifications of your performance at each section level. This information provides general feedback about your exam performance.
The exam uses a compensatory scoring model, which means that you do not need to achieve a passing score in each section. You need to pass only the overall exam.
Each section of the exam has a specific weighting, so some sections have more questions than other sections have. The table contains general information that highlights your strengths and weaknesses. Use caution when interpreting section-level feedback.
This exam guide includes weightings, test domains, and objectives for the exam. It is not a comprehensive listing of the content on the exam. However, additional context for each of the objectives is available to help guide your preparation for the exam. The following table lists the main content domains and their weightings. The table precedes the complete exam content outline, which includes the additional context. The percentage in each domain represents only scored content.
Domain 1: Design Resilient Architectures
1.1 Design a multi-tier architecture solution
Determine a solution design based on access patterns.
Determine a scaling strategy for components used in a design.
Select an appropriate database based on requirements.
Select an appropriate compute and storage service based on requirements.
1.2 Design highly available and/or fault-tolerant architectures
Determine the amount of resources needed to provide a fault-tolerant architecture across Availability Zones.
Select a highly available configuration to mitigate single points of failure.
Apply AWS services to improve the reliability of legacy applications when application changes are not possible.
Select an appropriate disaster recovery strategy to meet business requirements.
Identify key performance indicators to ensure the high availability of the solution.
1.3 Design decoupling mechanisms using AWS services
Determine which AWS services can be leveraged to achieve loose coupling of components.
Determine when to leverage serverless technologies to enable decoupling.
1.4 Choose appropriate resilient storage
Define a strategy to ensure the durability of data.
Identify how data service consistency will affect the operation of the application.
Select data services that will meet the access requirements of the application.
Identify storage services that can be used with hybrid or non-cloud-native applications.
Domain 2: Design High-Performing Architectures
2.1 Identify elastic and scalable compute solutions for a workload
Select the appropriate instance(s) based on compute, storage, and networking requirements.
Choose the appropriate architecture and services that scale to meet performance requirements.
Identify metrics to monitor the performance of the solution.
2.2 Select high-performing and scalable storage solutions for a workload
Select a storage service and configuration that meets performance demands.
Determine storage services that can scale to accommodate future needs.
2.3 Select high-performing networking solutions for a workload
Select appropriate AWS connectivity options to meet performance demands.
Select appropriate features to optimize connectivity to AWS public services.
Determine an edge caching strategy to provide performance benefits.
Select appropriate data transfer service for migration and/or ingestion.
2.4 Choose high-performing database solutions for a workload
Select an appropriate database scaling strategy.
Determine when database caching is required for performance improvement.
Choose a suitable database service to meet performance needs.
Domain 3: Design Secure Applications and Architectures
3.1 Design secure access to AWS resources
Determine when to choose between users, groups, and roles.
Interpret the net effect of a given access policy.
Select appropriate techniques to secure a root account.
Determine ways to secure credentials using features of AWS IAM.
Determine the secure method for an application to access AWS APIs.
Select appropriate services to create traceability for access to AWS resources.
3.2 Design secure application tiers
Given traffic control requirements, determine when and how to use security groups and network ACLs.
Determine a network segmentation strategy using public and private subnets.
Select the appropriate routing mechanism to securely access AWS service endpoints or internet-based resources from Amazon VPC.
Select appropriate AWS services to protect applications from external threats.
3.3 Select appropriate data security options
Determine the policies that need to be applied to objects based on access patterns.
Select appropriate encryption options for data at rest and in transit for AWS services.
Select appropriate key management options based on requirements.
Domain 4: Design Cost-Optimized Architectures
4.1 Identify cost-effective storage solutions
Determine the most cost-effective data storage options based on requirements.
Apply automated processes to ensure that data over time is stored on storage tiers that minimize costs.
4.2 Identify cost-effective compute and database services
Determine the most cost-effective Amazon EC2 billing options for each aspect of the workload.
Determine the most cost-effective database options based on requirements.
Select appropriate scaling strategies from a cost perspective.
Select and size compute resources that are optimally suited for the workload.
Determine options to minimize total cost of ownership (TCO) through managed services and serverless architectures.
4.3 Design cost-optimized network architectures
Identify when content delivery can be used to reduce costs.
Determine strategies to reduce data transfer costs within AWS.
Determine the most cost-effective connectivity options between AWS and on-premises environments.
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Who this course is for:
- The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA-C02) exam is intended for individuals who perform in a solutions architect role. The exam validates a candidate’s ability to design secure and robust solutions by using AWS technologies. The exam also validates a candidate’s ability to complete the following tasks: Design a solution by using appropriate AWS services and by following architectural principles based on requirements Provide implementation guidance based on best practices to the organization throughout the workload lifecycle.
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