Amazon Web Services Test

An Amazon Web Services test can help you hire the right employees, based on their skills and abilities to use the AWS cloud platform.

  • What is an Amazon Web Services test?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud platform with more than 200 services, fully-featured and useful to a range of different business sizes in almost every industry. With functions like databases and artificial intelligence all based in the AWS cloud, navigating the system needs knowledge and skills.

    The Amazon Web Services test is designed to assess potential employees on their skills and abilities using the cloud and the various functions, the components that are available to use, and different programming languages to put together a useful string of services specific to the business.

    There are AWS qualifications available, but these are not always reliable indicators of a candidate's ability to use the cloud components in a workplace situation, and that is where an AWS test can make a real difference to your hiring process.

Identify the best candidates and hire faster

Our pre-employment tests let you drill down to the best candidates at the click of a button.

  • Find those candidates who will excel in the role.

    Select the assessments that match the skills or behaviours for the position. You can test for software or coding competency, soft skills like teamwork, or personality traits, to be sure those who pass have high potential.

  • Reduce costs and time.

    No more laborious sifting of resumes or cover letters. Pick your ideal assessment mix, invite your applicants to take them, see the results in your dashboard. Get to the interview stage fast.

  • Eliminate bias.

    All your candidates take the assessments on a level playing field. Only their results determine whether they get shortlisted.

  • Why is an Amazon Web Services test so important when hiring?

    Programming skills that are essential to AWS architecture such as Java, C# or Python are not easy to evaluate, and that is true for the majority of the other skills that are needed for success in using AWS.

    AWS skills are needed for roles like:

    • Cloud Architect
    • AWS Developer
    • Systems Engineer
    • SysOps Administrator

    Developers need to be able to work with databases, understand the importance of security and access management, and know what working in the cloud is like. There are many certifications for AWS available, ranging from generalist skills to specific functions like machine learning or solutions architecture - but these might not show that the candidate has actual work-based experience. A CV might list AWS as a skill, but the recruitment team will not be able to determine how much the candidate knows.

    Using a skills test puts the candidate into a work-based scenario and encourages them to solve a problem using the AWS skills that the role needs, so recruiters will have quantifiable data about the potential employees' current level of knowledge and abilities. This ultimately saves both time and money through the recruitment process and helps recruiters choose the very best candidates to put forward.

Sample Amazon Web Services Test question

What is the most secure method for controlling access to an Amazon S3 bucket and its objects?

  • Using an Amazon EC2 instance to host the web application and controlling access through IAM user policies.

  • Enabling public read access to the bucket and objects.

  • Configuring bucket policies to control access through IAM user policies.

  • Using an Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration endpoint URL for access.

How to assess Amazon Web Services skills using our test

Our Amazon Web Services test asks a variety of questions that vary in difficulty level. Candidates proficient in the Amazon Web Services platform should be able to answer most of the questions correctly.

The Amazon Web Services test provides valuable data insight into what a candidate knows and understands. The test is structured using multiple-choice questions: a familiar format for most test-takers, that allows instant and objective scoring.

As well as the correct answer, there are typically 2–4 distractors, representing common misconceptions and mistakes. This helps make the test more challenging, so a candidate's ability can be measured more accurately.

Test scores are provided to the user and can be compared to other test-takers in your talent pool, to see how they perform relative to each other.

Each test has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure accuracy and validity in line with industry standards. It has been written, examined and edited by Amazon Web Services experts and psychometric professionals. A diverse sample of job seekers has also reviewed it to check for any issues including sensitivity, face validity, fairness and accessibility.

This test is continually monitored so our team can optimize performance and regularly assess fairness issues.


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  • Assessments

    A full suite of assessments

    Our platform comes with 12 tests across both foundation and advanced levels so they’re suitable for everyone. Including aptitude, behavioural and personality tests, you’ll have a full range of tests to help you find the candidates you’re seeking.

  • Analytics

    An array of candidate metrics

    For each of your candidates, you’ll be given a comprehensive report. Included will be all the metrics you need to build a detailed picture of each candidate and ensure you’re making the right hiring decisions.

“The platform is so simple to use. I had used competitor providers for over six years and will never go back. Fast, efficient and friendly!”
Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd
Greg Chambers, HR Business Partner, Littlefish Ltd
Amazon Web Services Test expert

Devised by an expert

Developed by our team of I/O psychologists, psychometricians and subject matter experts, our assessments provide reliable, valid and impartial results. They strictly follow industry best practices and stay on the leading edge of innovations to have job seekers’ unique profiles, abilities and knowledge accurately evaluated while minimising bias. They draw on years of research and cutting-edge predictive analytics to create assessments that provide valuable insights into performance, retention, culture fit and more.

Amazon Web Services Test FAQs

Are there any qualifications you need for Amazon Web Services?

You don't need qualifications to use or develop Amazon Web Services, but there are 11 currently available that can be taken to demonstrate your theoretical knowledge.

These certifications include Certified Developer, Certified SysOps Administrator and specialties like Database, Data Analytics, and Security.

Is the Amazon Web Services test difficult?

Pre-employment screening tests are designed to put a candidate under test pressure, with a time limit, in order to assess their abilities in a certain area.

Above and beyond this structural difficulty, the AWS test is not too difficult for a candidate who has the required skills, knowledge and experience that the recruitment team is looking for.

What other skills are required for Amazon Web Services?

General networking and programming knowledge are essential skills for successful Amazon Web Services developers, but there are some soft skills that should not be overlooked.

The AWS Developer will need to manage their time effectively, work as part of a team, and be able to communicate ideas and issues clearly to team members and managers that might not be knowledgeable about AWS.

Why is knowledge of Amazon Web Services important?

Amazon Web Services has millions of customers around the world and works with a number of suppliers and partners to create the functions offered in the cloud.

This means that knowledge of AWS is important for any programmer or developer because chances are they will be using components of it in their next role.

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Laurence Fishman, Partner, NLPCA
Laurence Fishman, Partner, NLPCA

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