How I passed AWS Certified Developer Associate Exam?

This is my first AWS Certification

How I passed AWS Certified Developer Associate Exam?

Who am I?

I'm Maran Sowthri Kalailingam, Software Engineer @ athenahealth.

When did I get certified?

On July 19, 2021. You can check out my badge here.


Steps that I followed

5 months back I bought this course on Udemy for 8$. This is a 32 hours on-demand course taught by Stephane Maarek. It comes with many practical & theoretical sessions.


After buying this, I prepared my schedule. I planned to spend 60 - 90 mins on each working day & 120 - 180 mins on each holiday. I started watching the tutorials and trying all the explained services in my AWS account (Stephane will also help you to properly set up a free AWS account).

Within 2 months I completed the course and (I thought) I was well prepared. Then I attended the practice exam which was provided in the course.

Here's my score.


So I felt that this is not enough. After reviewing all the questions and correct answers I replayed the complete course. That took me around 45 - 50 days.

Since I knew all the answers for the given practice exam, I bought a new practice exams bundle on Udemy for 6$. It was having 6 practice tests and was prepared by the same guy.


I attended 1 practice test a day and reviewed all the correct answers and explanations for the next 2 days. This was going on for 15 - 20 days.

Here are my practice tests results.


The average score that I got is 73% (which is 1 % more than the passing score). So, I was still not ready. And I didn't want to replay the course again.

I was looking for some blueprints and key topics to remember for this exam. Then I found this amazing guide on digitalcloud. It was prepared by Neal Davis. I wanted to replay my first course again only for the key topics and read all the cheat cheats on digitalcloud.

After finishing that I wanted to test my skills again. I bought one more practice exams bundle on Udemy for 6$. It was having 6 practice tests and was prepared by Neal Davis.

I followed the same plan. 1 exam per day, review all the questions for the next 2 days.

Here are my test results.

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I desperately wanted to book my exam on the same day, by paying 177$ (150$ + 27$ tax). But I waited! On the very next day, I saw a post on LinkedIn stating that I can register for a free practice exam in AWS. I registered right away and was able to book the "official" AWS practice exam on the next day.

Here's my score.


I was devastated ๐Ÿค• I wanted to take a break.

After 3 days, I replayed my course again on 3 topics (Security, Development & Deployment) and that took me 10 - 15 more days. Then I registered for one more official practice exam.


Finally, I planned to book my exam. I paid 177$ and scheduled my exam at 5:45 AM on 19th July 2021.

The day came, and I appeared 30 mins before the exam. My proctor verified all my proofs and allowed to me start. I finished it on time and got the results the next day.


P.S. My company athenahealth reimbursed my entire examination fees ๐Ÿ’–


  1. Ultimate AWS Certified Developer Associate Course by Stephane Maarek

  2. Practice Exams | AWS Certified Developer Associate 2021 by Stephane Maarek & Abhishek Singh

  3. Blueprints & Cheat Sheets on Digital Cloud

  4. AWS Certified Developer Associate Practice Exam Questions by Neal Davis

  5. To get free AWS practice exam

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