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How I passed Terraform Associate Exam?

How I passed Terraform Associate Exam?

I have no prior knowledge and it took me 60 days to clear this

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Maran Sowthri Kalailingam
·Mar 17, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • Who am I?
  • When did I get certified?
  • Here's how I did it
  • Resources
  • Related

Who am I?

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

When did I get certified?

On 7th March 2022. You can check out my badge here

Here's how I did it

I'm a big fan of Fireship and his 100 seconds series. Several months ago, he released Terraform in 100 seconds

That was the first time I heard about Terraform. As an AWS Certified Developer Associate, I was 100% sure that this will be a big thing. I had been using CloudFormation as an IaC tool. I won't say it's bad, but Terraform is far more better than that.

Mainly because,

  • Terraform is Cloud Agnostic. Meaning, Terraform can manage infrastructure on multiple cloud platforms (such as AWS, Azure & GCP) at the same time.
  • Your IaC will look like a configuration file (such as below). This human-readable language helps you understand existing setup and write infrastructure code quickly.
resource "aws_instance" "web" {
  ami           = "ami-08e4e35cccc6189f4"
  instance_type = "t3.micro"

  tags = {
    Name = "HelloWorld"
  }
}

While I was trying to learn more about Terraform, I found that they also provide certifications. So I decided to give it a shot.

On Jan 8, 2022, I bought HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate Course on Udemy for 20$. It's a 10 hours on demand course and prepared by Zeal Vohra. Zeal is a DevOps engineer and worked as a consultant for multiple organizations. Though this course is specifically designed for certifications, he will also give you real time examples of what problems that Terraform is solving and why it is better that other IaC tools out there.

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So, I prepared my schedule and started doing the course on the very next day.

First 10 days passed. I had to say this, "this is not complex at all". In fact, it's way more simpler than the AWS Certification that I did earlier. If you have experience with any one of the programming languages, you will also feel the same. I started watching the tutorials at 2x speed. But at the same time, I was trying out all concepts in local with my personal AWS account.

A Month passed. I finished the course and attended practice tests which was provided there.

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This is not bad, but the gap is huge. So just to clearly assess myself, I bought Terraform Associate Practice Exam Bundle on Udemy for 7$. I took one exam a day and revised the results on the next day.

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This boosted up my confidence level. I wanted to schedule my exam on the next weekend. But for some personal reasons, I was totally occupied on Saturday & Sunday. I couldn't schedule it till the next week, since the next 5 days were the working days. So just to keep my knowledge refreshed and not to miss out anything, I bought one more Terraform Practice Exam Bundle on WhizLabs for 5$. But this is completely optional for you.

Here also results are pretty much the same.

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Next weekend comes, I scheduled my exam at 5:45 AM on 17th Mar 2022 by paying 71$ + tax.

The day came, I appeared 30 mins prior to the exam. I finished it on time and got the results on the same day.

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P.S. athenahealth reimbursed my entire examination fees 💖

Resources

How I passed AWS Certified Developer Associate Exam

 
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