How to Pass the AWS Cloud Practitioner

How to Pass the AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam: CLF-C01 Exam

How to Pass the AWS Cloud Practitioner Exam: CLF-C01 Exam:


I successfully passed my AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C01) exam. In this article, I want to share my learnings and experiences with you, so you can get a better feeling on why you should go for the certification, how to prepare for the exam and how the actual day of taking the test was for me.

This AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification path is intended for individuals who are looking to build and validate overall understanding of the AWS Cloud. This path is useful for individuals in technical, managerial, sales, purchasing, or financial roles who work with the AWS Cloud. Becoming an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner is a recommended step toward achieving an AWS Associate or Specialty certification.


AWS Cloud Practitioner exam is considered as the easiest of all AWS certification as it just focuses on fundamental knowledge on AWS and its services.


Getting started in the Cloud might be overwhelming at first since AWS is boasting over 200+ services (growing every year)! Currently, there is a lot of information on the web about AWS like white papers, courses, books, and videos.


Even if you are working on AWS, it can be overwhelming as we don’t work on all AWS services. As a said earlier AWS has 200+ services and more. So it can be lot of theory, too many topic, overwhelming, confusing etc. But do not worry, take your time.

To solve that problem, I’ve created this AWS Cloud Practitioner exam guide. In this guide, I’ve curated the right study materials based on my 8+ years of experience.

Let’s start! Here are the detailed steps to help you get prepared to pass the AWS Certified AWS Cloud Practitioner exam:


Who should take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam?

This is an entry-level exam that is intended for people who want to demonstrate a general understanding of the AWS Cloud.

You’re not required to understand deep-level knowledge of specific services. That is more required for the AWS Solutions Architect exam.

To be successful at passing this exam, AWS recommends that you understand the following topics:

  • The AWS Cloud and its basic global infrastructure
  • AWS Cloud architectural principles
  • The AWS Cloud value proposition
  • Key AWS services along with their common use cases (for example, highly available web applications or data analysis)
  • The basic security and compliance practices relating to the AWS platform and the shared security model
  • AWS billing, account management, and pricing models Documentation and technical assistance resources
  • Basic characteristics for deploying and operating in the AWS Cloud

Source: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification page

How to prepare AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam


AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam (CLF-C01):


Format: 65 questions; either multiple choice or multiple response

Level: Foundational

Length: 90 minutes to complete the exam

Your results for the exam are reported as a scaled score of 100–1,000. The minimum passing score is 700.


Exam overview

The exam consists of the following:

  • The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam consists of 65 multiple-choice, multiple-answer questions.
  • You have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
  • It costs $100
  • The minimum passing score for this exam is 700 points
  • The exam is available in English, Japanese, Korean, and Simplified Chinese.

Content outline

As explained in the official AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam guide. The following topics are included in the exam including their weighted percentage:


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AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Study material

Everybody has their own preferred way of learning. I am giving recommendation from my personal point of view.

AWS Study guide:

For reading enthusiasts, I definitely recommend the official AWS Cloud Practitioner study guide: AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Study Guide: CLF-C01 Exam.

Every topic in the exam is covered in this book and explained thoroughly for beginners. Especially useful are the hands-on exercises combined with the hundreds of practice questions.

The hands-on exercises give you a good understanding of how the AWS console works in combination with its services. The practice questions in the book are similar to what you can expect at the real exam, so it’s wise to finish the questions in the book.

AWS Video course

Udemy Course: [NEW] Ultimate AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner – 2022 by Stephane Maarek. Stephane Maarek is best when it comes to learning AWS. [My opinion]

AWS Whitepaper:

Overview of Amazon Web Services – AWS Whitepaper

AWS pricing overview

AWS Support plans

Practice test – recommended:

Time needed: 2–3 days. Don’t do all tests in a day. Review the test and learn from incorrect answers provided.

6 Practice Exams | AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner CLF-C01 – Stephane Maarek & Abhishek Singh

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Practice Exams – Jon Bonso (Tutorials Dojo)

AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification Exam Practice Tests – Durga N Mondal [FREE]

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C01)  – cheat sheet:

This is my personal cheat sheet used for AWS CLF-C01.


The Final Thought on How to Pass the AWS Cloud Practitioner:

Thanks for reading! I hope that this article has helped you in your learning journey!

The AWS CCP exam was certainly more difficult than I had anticipated. Learning more about AWS, and Cloud Computing in general, has given me a newfound appreciation for the mind-blowing progress that has been made in technology, and how fast things move in the industry. Passing the AWS CCP is just the tip of the AWS Glacier (you’ll find that funnier when you start studying, trust me).

I hope “How to Pass the AWS Cloud Practitioner” article helped you at least a little bit with your preparation and gives you a nice overview. If you have scheduled an exam, I wish you all the best and good luck!

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