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How to Prepare for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam?


The Amazon provides AWS cloud services in the form of building blocks that can be used to organize and operate an application hosted in the cloud. These Amazon services are designed in the way that they can work together and help in creating more advanced and escalated business applications.

Among all other cloud Services that include Microsoft Azure, Salesforce, and Google Cloud Engine, AWS is considered one of the most prominent cloud platforms and AWS certifications as the best IT certifications. Today, in this blog, we will discuss the AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification Exam in detail. We would go through the exam pattern and the resources that can help you in preparing for the examination smoothly.

About AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam is the basic level exam. Candidates who have complete knowledge and skills of AWS cloud discernment can apply and appear for the exam. This is a new exam that is introduced to prove the cloud recognition knowledge of candidates. This AWS CCP certification is considered as the pre-requisite for Big Data Certification and Advanced Networking certification exams.

Exam Details

  • Certification Name: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Exam Duration: 90 Minutes
  • Number of Questions: Vary
  • Exam Pattern: MCQ or Multiple Response Type
  • Exam Fee: $100
  • Exam Language: English
  • Renewal: Every 2 Years
  • Passing Score: 65%

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AWS Certification Exam Eligibility Criteria

To take the certification exam of AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, the candidate must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • More than six months of experience of using AWS cloud concepts for any role that may be technical, sales, managerial, financial or purchasing that involve sales or any other similar one.
  • Basic knowledge of IT services and its implementation in the AWS cloud platform

Exam Pattern

Two types of questions can be seen in the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam, and two types of questions are usually seen in this exam. One is multiple-choice that has only one correct option, and other multiple-choice questions can have multiple responses or more than one correct option.

Every question will have a total of five options. Candidates can select more than one option, and in the worst case, they lose their marks by doing so. Any unanswered question is considered as incorrect. There is no negative marking in the exam.

Exam Objectives

The objective of the exam is to test the basic knowledge of cloud services of exam candidate. It is done usually to check the following strengths of the candidate:

  • To test the basic infrastructure and AWS Cloud knowledge
  • To test the knowledge of account management, pricing, and billing
  • To test the AWS cloud values
  • To test the knowledge of basic principles of cloud architecture
  • To describe the shared security compliances and model concepts
  • To check the understanding of main sources and technical assistance documentation
  • To check the operating and deployment characteristic knowledge for AWS cloud

Subject Areas for AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam

The exam of AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner syllabus included mainly four subjects. Many specific topics are covered in these four domains or subjects. These subjects are: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam

A). Security

If you are preparing for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, then for the security is f major concern. You may and may not be working with IT infrastructure organization, but you should have complete knowledge and understanding of cloud security. A variety of questions are included in this certification exam that may be related to security, culpable and acquiescence. Following topics may be covered from this domain in this certification exam:

  • Cloud Logs
  • DDoS Protection
  • Shared Security Model
  • IAM-Managing Users, MFA and Password Policies

Security domain covers around 24% of the complete content of certification exam.

B). Cloud Concepts

If you want to crack the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, then you should have a basic understanding of cloud computing concepts. From this part, most questions are asked. So, you must be familiar with many other high-level cloud computing features that may be like:

  • Scalability
  • Elasticity
  • Fault Tolerance
  • High Availability

Around 28% of questions are asked on the cloud computing concepts.

C). Technology

The most important domain of this exam is technology. To qualify this section, you must have complete knowledge of core AWS services. Following AWS services, you must know the details of basic technologies that include the following:

  • RDS
  • ELB
  • EC
  • SNS
  • S3
  • Lambda
  • Route S3

The exam includes around 36% of the questions from the technology domain.

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D). Billing and Pricing

As the AWS certification exam mainly concentrates on the business applications of AWS, so billing and pricing are two of the most important topics that you should know for the exam. You must have the basic knowledge of cost and services and the details of general account.

Candidates may also be asked about many other billing related aspects like how the cost of services will be calculated and what tools are used for that and how certain services are billed? There may also be certain questions from the other exam domains, e.g. AWS Cost Calculator questions from which the questions may be from billing and pricing domains along with technology domain.

12% of exam questions are asked from billing and pricing domains.

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam Preparation Guide

So far, we have seen the question pattern and exam details of this exam. Now in this section, we will discuss the correct path to prepare for the exam. So here are the preparation tips for AWS Cloud Certification Practitioner Exam: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam Preparation Guide

1). Choose the Training Course

There may be mainly three types of exam preparation courses for which you will have to study. These major domains are:

  • AWS Business Essentials
  • AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials
  • AWS Technical Essentials

Many websites or online training courses are divided into these three domains. You should go for these courses to cover the basics of AWS cloud exam. These courses or course break-up should cover the AWS services, pricing, architecture, security, support, technology and the financial profits of cloud approach for business profits.

2). Follow the Exam Guide

As you are going to prepare for the AWS so read the exam guide before going to the exam. It will give you the necessary and required information about the exam preparation. It will provide you with the overall objective of the exam and the preparation instructions. Just read and follow all the instructions properly and with full dedication to crack the certification exam.

3). Get Familiar with the Subject Area

To prepare for any exam subject area is of the most importance. You should understand the value of the subject area. As we have already discussed the objective of the CCP certification exam, just review them carefully and start your exam preparation through the recommended subject area and study material.

4). Go through AWS Whitepapers

AWS creates and posts many whitepapers on its site to educate its viewers about any specific issue and to provide a specific methodology for that. AWS whitepapers are a good source of basic information that covers almost all topics that may be asked in the exam. They cover all major aspects that may be either security or architecture or economics.

Below are given some of the most important whitepapers for the exam preparation:

  • Overview of AWS
  • Maximizing Value of AWS
  • How AWS Pricing works
  • AWS Security Best Practices
  • An Overview of the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework
  • The Business Value of AWS: Succeeding at Twenty-First Century Business Infrastructure

Self-Study or Make Study Plan

AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam covers the basic concepts and knowledge of AWS cloud. If you have some experience of working with a cloud platform, then self-study will be sufficient to pass the exam. If you found some topics difficult, then you may also take an online class or course for exam preparation.

Online training classes may help you in understanding the course completely and to pass the certification exam in a single attempt. You can find lots of study material on the internet to prepare for the AWS Certification exam. You can also read the FAQs related to the AWS cloud, services, and applications.

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Take Free Mock Test or Practice Test to Examine Sample Questions

You can easily evaluate your exam preparation through practice tests. If you want to check your exam preparation and to perform well then practice through these practice exams. These dummy or mock tests have the same exam structure and content as of real exam. You can also try some of the full-length practice tests as they can be more beneficial to find and locate the weak areas of your exam and can improve them as well.

Schedule or Book the Exam Slot

When you are done with your exam preparation, it is the right time to enrol for the exam. You can choose any of the convenient exam testing centres near to you. The AWS training website has the information of all such centers from where you can appear for the exam.

Final Words

That there are no shortcuts to crack the exam, go through all the above-listed steps thoroughly to clear the cloud practitioner exam. Certification is difficult to clear if you do not have enough knowledge and skills. Study all the topics in depth that are required before you appear the exam. The best idea to prepare for the exam is joining an online IT training program and learn all AWS concepts with real-time projects and practical experiences.

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