Amazon AWS Assessment Test: Practice & Tips (2022)

What Is the Amazon AWS Online Assessment?

The Amazon online assessment test for AWS roles is given after the initial application stage. It includes a work simulation test, a technical test, and a personality test. The assessment takes about 2 hours to complete and passing it is crucial to advance in the hiring process.


What to Expect on the AWS Assessment Test?

On Amazon's AWS assessment, you'll need to complete several sections that are actually standalone tests with unique characteristics (click to jump to their sections on this page):

  1. Work Simulation – This section tests your ability to take on real Amazon work scenarios. Completion time – approx. 50 minutes.
  2. Amazon Work Style – A custom-made personality test for Amazon employees that relies on Amazon's 16 Leadership Principles. Completion time – approx. 10 minutes.
  3. Working With Customers Simulation - a scenario-based section that presents you with a series of emails from various co-workers. You need to rate the effectiveness of each response on a scale of 1 to 5. This section appears mainly for Solution Architect and Technical Account Manager (TAM) positions.
  4. Work Preferences & Skills – This questionnaire lets you tell Amazon what your various expertise, qualifications, and skills are. Completion time – approx. 10 minutes (appears mainly for Solutions Architects & Technical Account Managers).
  5. Technical Knowledge Test - This section tests your proficiency in general technical work (understanding IP addresses, for starters). This section is given to only some of the roles (Support Engineers or Support Associates, for example). Completion time - approx. 45 minutes.

As you’ll see, these five sections let Amazon paint a complete picture of who you are as a candidate, professionally and personally.

Knowing what these sections are all about before taking the real assessment can help you arrive prepared. Thus, increasing the chances of advancing to the next steps in Amazon's hiring process.

Let's take a more detailed look at the different sections:

 

Amazon Work Simulation

In short, this section is a complex work scenario test.

To elaborate – this is a unique Amazon test that essentially lets candidates catch a glimpse of an employee's workday and the dilemmas he or she faces.

The test is conducted by presenting you with 4 real-life work scenarios that involve "ongoing projects" you're taking part in.

For example, you’ll get a message from a co-worker that a customer’s server failed, and you’ll need to either rank or rate the possible solutions.

Moreover, you'll need to do the same with the possible responses of communicating the solution with your team and the client.

Remember, this position requires you to have both great technical AND interpersonal skills. So, the way you'll prioritize the given options is crucial to the way you'll be perceived by Amazon.

Essentially, this section lets Amazon catch two birds with one stone:

  1. See how you deal with professional dilemmas under pressure.
  2. Assess how you fit their work culture and values by the manner you choose to communicate with others.

 

Amazon Work-Style Assessment

This is an assessment that many Amazon employees, or "Amazonians," are familiar with.

Amazon has a distinctive work culture, which is summed up nicely by its famous Amazon 16 leadership principles.

The test functions to check your compatibility with these core values.

Take this question, for example:

Amazon Work Style Assessment Sample Question

This test’s format doesn't let you stay ambivalent, and you shouldn't be. Amazon wants you to be decisive on this test. Knowing the 16 LPs in advance can help you take this aspect to your advantage.

Amazon takes its LPs very seriously, and so should you. These LPs are an integral part of their work culture and comprise the basis for their personality assessments.

Taking the time and going through the 16 principles is a sure way to boost your performance on the AWS assessment in general and on the work-style assessment.

 

Working With Customers Simulation

This section takes 15 minutes to complete and it includes scenario-based questions that come in the form of emails from your Team Lead, AWS customers, and Co-Workers. For each scenario, you'll be asked to rate the effectiveness of several responses using the following rating scale:

  1. Ineffective – this response does nothing to address the scenario or could have negative consequences.
  2. Slightly effective – there is a positive element to the response, but it generally does not address the scenario very well.
  3. Moderately effective – a reasonable response to the scenario, but the solution is incomplete or may have unintended consequences.
  4. Very effective – a good response to the scenario, but one or more aspects of the response could have been better.
  5. Highly effective – an ideal response for the scenario.

*Note that you're not required to have any Amazon or AWS-specific knowledge to complete this test section.

The differences between the responses might be quite subtle and it's not always clear what response you should choose. That's why it's better to get an early acquaintance with this unique format and learn how to answer it correctly.

 

Work Preferences & Skills

This section is divided into two question types:

#1 Interests & proficiency questionnaire - includes rating statements that evaluate your proficiency and preferences to work in different areas within AWS.

Example for a statement:

Please rate your proficiency in each of the following technical skills areas

Storage, Caching & Content Delivery (for example S3, DynamoDB, ElastiCache, CloudFront)

A. 0 - None

B. 1 - Fundamental Awareness

C. 2 - Novice

D. 3 - Intermediate

E. 4 - Advanced

F. 5 - Expert

 

In this section, it is better to be truthful about where you stand and what your skills are. Remember – Amazon doesn't expect you, and other candidates, to be experts in all subjects.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare in advance. You can only gain from brushing up on technical concepts and studying them before taking this assessment.

#2 Technical questions that assess your knowledge in topics that are important for working at AWS.

See these sample questions from the prep package that highly resemble questions from the test:

What do you understand by a LAMP stack?

A. Linux, Apache, MongoDB, and Python
B. Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP
C. Lambda, Amplify, MySQL, and Python
D. Lambda, Apache, MongoDB, and Python
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

A LAMP stack is used for web hosting services and web applications. LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Each component is open source and free to use.

 

To support seven virtual machines, which subnet provides minimum number of usable IP addresses?

A. /28
B. /30
C. /27
D. /29
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

The minimum number of usable IP addresses to support seven virtual machines are provided by the /28 subnet.

 

Technical Knowledge Test

This section of the Amazon Web Services assessment requires the most professional experience of the five mentioned.

On this test, you'll be presented with a series of 24 multiple-choice questions. These questions will test your technical knowledge of servers and connectivity.

Some of the subjects you'll face in these sections will include:

  • IPs
  • FTP issues
  • UNIX commands
  • Firewalls
  • Understanding response codes
  • Linux knowledge
  • DNS queries
  • Application layer protocols

Here's a sample question from the practice pack that resembles a question from the test:

Which important information is maintained by a traditional stateful firewall? Choose All that are applicable.

A. Show ip route
B. Show route table
C. ip route
D. route print
E. route
Correct Answer
Incorrect Answer

ip route displays the details of IP/Kernel routing table entries in Linux.

Obviously, in this section, experience matters. But - going through helpful materials before taking the test is more than worthwhile.

Even if you have lots of experience in architecting cloud and server solutions, there might be old concepts you haven't touched on in a while.

It is much better to identify your weak areas before taking the test and work on them than to find out during the assessment. It can easily be the difference between making the cut and failing this assessment.

JobTestPrep provides accurate practice material for each of the sections covered above. This includes practice simulations, detailed explanations for each question (both behavioral and technical), and solving tips.

What are the Next Steps If I Passed the Assessment?

That depends on your performance on the assessment. All candidates with a good passing score will proceed to a round of interviews and will then take an additional role-specific technical test. If you only pass with an average score, you'll need to pass an additional phone interview with an AWS employee. He or she will determine if you should advance to the round of interviews.


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