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AWS DevOps Test

The AWS DevOps Test is a scenario-based online test designed to assess a candidate's proficiency in working with AWS and implementing DevOps best practices. The test evaluates the candidate's understanding of key concepts, such as cloud computing, infrastructure as code, continuous integration and delivery, configuration management, containerization, and monitoring and logging. The test is used to identify the right candidates for DevOps roles in organizations that rely on AWS technologies.

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Test duration:  45 mins
Difficulty level:  Moderate
Availability:  Ready to use
Questions:
  • 5 Python MCQs
  • 7 Linux MCQs
  • 7 AWS MCQs
Covered skills:
AWS Core services
Configuration Management
AWS Troubleshooting and Debugging
Python Basics
Python OOPs
Python Data Structures
Linux Fundamentals
Shell Scripting
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The AWS DevOps Test helps recruiters and hiring managers identify qualified candidates from a pool of resumes, and helps in taking objective hiring decisions. It reduces the administrative overhead of interviewing too many candidates and saves time by filtering out unqualified candidates at the first step of the hiring process.

The test screens for the following skills that hiring managers look for in candidates:

  • Able to use Python for scripting and automation
  • Proficient in working with Linux command line interface
  • Understanding of AWS core services and their functionalities
  • Competent in configuring and managing AWS resources
  • Skilled in troubleshooting and debugging AWS issues
  • Knowledgeable in Python basics
  • Proficient in Object-Oriented Programming (OOPs) concepts in Python
  • Ability to work with different data structures in Python
  • Familiarity with Linux fundamentals
  • Proficient in shell scripting
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These are just a small sample from our library of 15,000+ questions. The actual questions on this AWS DevOps Test (AWS, Linux, Python) will be non-googleable.

🧐 Question

Medium

ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions
Solve
What will the following Python code output?
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Medium

Session
File Handling
Dictionary
Solve
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The function high_sess should compute the highest number of events per session of each user in the database by reading a comma-separated value input file of session data. The result should be returned from the function as a dictionary. The first column of each line in the input file is expected to contain the user’s name represented as a string. The second column is expected to contain an integer representing the events in a session. Here is an example input file:
Tony,10
Stark,12
Black,25
Your program should ignore a non-conforming line like this one.
Stark,3
Widow,6
Widow,14
The resulting return value for this file should be the following dictionary: { 'Stark':12, 'Black':25, 'Tony':10, 'Widow':14 }
What should replace the CODE TO FILL line to complete the function?
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Medium

Max Code
Arrays
Solve
Below are code lines to create a Python function. Ignoring indentation, what lines should be used and in what order for the following function to be complete:
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Medium

Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists
Solve
Consider the following Python code:
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In the above code, recursive_search is a function that takes a dictionary (data) and a target key (target) as arguments. It searches for the target key within the dictionary, which could potentially have nested dictionaries and lists as values, and returns the value associated with the target key. If the target key is not found, it returns None.

nested_dict is a dictionary that contains multiple levels of nested dictionaries and lists. The recursive_search function is then called with nested_dict as the data and 'target_key' as the target.

What will the output be after executing the above code?

Medium

Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist
Solve
What does the below function ‘fun’ does?
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A: Sum of digits of the number passed to fun.
B: Number of digits of the number passed to fun.
C: 0 if the number passed to fun is divisible by 10. 1 otherwise.
D: Sum of all digits number passed to fun except for the last digit.

Medium

Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging
Solve
You are working on a Linux system and have recently installed a new program named myprogram. The executable is located in /opt/myprogram/bin/. You want to be able to run this program from any directory in your shell without specifying the full path.
You executed the following command:
export PATH="/opt/myprogram/bin"
However, when you try to run the program using myprogram, you get the following error message:
-bash: myprogram: command not found

Which of the following commands can fix this issue and allow you to run the program?
A: export PATH=$PATH:/opt/myprogram/bin/
B: export PATH="/opt/myprogram:$PATH"
C: export PATH="/opt/myprogram/bin:$PATH"
D: ln -s /opt/myprogram/bin/myprogram /usr/local/bin/myprogram

Easy

File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands
Solve
Consider the following directory structure:
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You start at /home/user and execute the following commands:
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What will be the resulting directory structure?
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Medium

Fork mellow yellow
Solve
How many times will the following code will print "Mellow Yellow"?
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Medium

Remote server connection
SSH
Solve
Our software engineering intern, Wu is looking to use port 4545 on localhost to connect to a remote server called woot.bananas.com on port 80. Which command would you recommend for this?
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Easy

Downtime and Workload
EC2
Solve
ChickTok is a dating app that runs on EC2 behind an ALB. The EC2 instances run in an EC2 Auto Scaling group across multiple AZ. On every Saturday night, the app becomes atleast 5 times slower. Upon investigation, it is found that the CPU utilization reaches 100% within a matter of seconds instead of being a gradual increment. This is happening due to a batch core dating algorithm update that happens on every Saturday 9PM. 
ChickTok wants a solution that

- Tackles the extra workload
- Avoids downtime
Which of the following would you recommend?
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Medium

EC2DataProcessing
EC2
S3
Security Groups
Network ACLs
Solve
You work as a Solutions Architect for a data analysis firm. The company stores large datasets on Amazon S3, and you've been tasked with setting up an Amazon EC2 instance to process this data. The EC2 instance will fetch data from S3, process it, and then write the results back to a different S3 bucket.

To ensure security, the EC2 instance should not have direct internet access, and it should only be able to communicate with the S3 buckets. You've decided to place the EC2 instance in a VPC private subnet with a CIDR block of 10.0.1.0/24. The associated security group is set to deny all inbound traffic and allow all outbound traffic.

Which additional configuration should you make to enable the EC2 instance to access the S3 buckets while complying with the security requirements?
A: Modify the Network ACL of the subnet to allow outbound connections to the IP range of the S3 service.
B: Assign a Public IP to the EC2 instance and update the security group to allow inbound and outbound traffic to S3.
C: Add a NAT Gateway in the private subnet and update the route tables to direct S3 traffic to the NAT Gateway.
D: Create an S3 VPC Gateway Endpoint and update the route tables for the private subnet to direct S3 traffic to the VPC Endpoint.
E: Create a VPN connection from the VPC to the S3 buckets.

Medium

Orderly Restoration of RDS with Transaction Logs
RDS
Transaction Logs
Point-in-time recovery
Solve
You work as a database manager for a fintech company that uses an AWS RDS PostgreSQL instance. The company abides by stringent data security standards, which require minimal data loss in the event of database failures or accidental data modifications.

Unexpectedly, an operation that updates a significant number of records in a crucial transaction table is mistakenly run. You discover that this operation occurred at 12:45 PM. Your RDS PostgreSQL instance is configured to perform automated backups every day at 1:00 AM, with transaction logs being backed up every 5 minutes. Furthermore, there is a manual DB snapshot taken at 11:00 AM on the same day. 

To restore the database with minimal data loss, considering the sequence and order of log application, which of the following steps should you execute?
A: Restore from the manual DB snapshot at 11:00 AM, then perform a point-in-time recovery to 12:45 PM.
B: Perform a point-in-time recovery to 12:45 PM.
C: Restore from the last automated backup at 1:00 AM, then apply all transaction logs until 12:45 PM.
D: Restore from the manual DB snapshot at 11:00 AM, then apply transaction logs from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM.
E: Perform a point-in-time recovery to 11:00 AM, then apply transaction logs from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM.

Medium

Push Notifications
Dynamic DB
AWS Mobile Push
Solve
Flowlife is a tips iOS app that is running on AWS with ~10 million users in the US. Users can post tips about a particular place (restaurants, businesses etc) and other users can search for the tips in the app. Flowlife wants to implement location based alerts on their iOS app. Users will receive relevant tips in proximity to their location. For maximum user engagement and relevant tips, the tips must be in the low minute count. Which of the following solutions is cost effective?
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Medium

SecureEC2Setup
EC2
Security Groups
VPC
Solve
As an AWS Cloud Engineer for a financial institution, you're setting up an EC2 instance in a VPC to host a web application that handles sensitive financial data. The EC2 instance is placed in a private subnet and associated with a security group that only allows inbound HTTPS (port 443) traffic from the internet. You have an Application Load Balancer (ALB) in a public subnet, which forwards incoming traffic to the EC2 instance.

However, during the testing phase, you find that the web application on the EC2 instance is not reachable from the internet, but works fine from within the VPC. 

What could be the reason for this?
A: The security group should allow inbound traffic from the ALB's security group, not the internet.
B: The ALB should be in the private subnet, not the public subnet.
C: EC2 instances hosting sensitive data cannot be reached through an ALB.
D: The ALB and EC2 instance must be in the same subnet.
🧐 Question🔧 Skill

Medium

ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Session
File Handling
Dictionary

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Max Code
Arrays

2 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists

3 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist

4 mins

Python
Solve

Medium

Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Easy

File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Medium

Fork mellow yellow

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Medium

Remote server connection
SSH

2 mins

Linux
Solve

Easy

Downtime and Workload
EC2

2 mins

AWS
Solve

Medium

EC2DataProcessing
EC2
S3
Security Groups
Network ACLs

2 mins

AWS
Solve

Medium

Orderly Restoration of RDS with Transaction Logs
RDS
Transaction Logs
Point-in-time recovery

3 mins

AWS
Solve

Medium

Push Notifications
Dynamic DB
AWS Mobile Push

3 mins

AWS
Solve

Medium

SecureEC2Setup
EC2
Security Groups
VPC

2 mins

AWS
Solve
🧐 Question🔧 Skill💪 Difficulty⌛ Time
ZeroDivisionError and IndexError
Exceptions
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Session
File Handling
Dictionary
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Max Code
Arrays
Python
Medium2 mins
Solve
Recursive Function
Recursion
Dictionary
Lists
Python
Medium3 mins
Solve
Stacking problem
Stack
Linkedlist
Python
Medium4 mins
Solve
Debugging Issues
Environment Variables
Debugging
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
File Structure and Navigation
Files
Basic Commands
Linux
Easy2 mins
Solve
Fork mellow yellow
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
Remote server connection
SSH
Linux
Medium2 mins
Solve
Downtime and Workload
EC2
AWS
Easy2 mins
Solve
EC2DataProcessing
EC2
S3
Security Groups
Network ACLs
AWS
Medium2 mins
Solve
Orderly Restoration of RDS with Transaction Logs
RDS
Transaction Logs
Point-in-time recovery
AWS
Medium3 mins
Solve
Push Notifications
Dynamic DB
AWS Mobile Push
AWS
Medium3 mins
Solve
SecureEC2Setup
EC2
Security Groups
VPC
AWS
Medium2 mins
Solve

Test candidates on core AWS DevOps Hiring Test topics

AWS Core services: AWS Core services refer to the foundational building blocks of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform, including compute, storage, and networking services. These services provide the infrastructure required to host and run applications in the AWS cloud. It is essential to measure this skill in the test as it assesses the candidate's knowledge and understanding of the core AWS services, which are fundamental for designing and implementing scalable and reliable cloud-based solutions.

Configuration Management: Configuration management involves the processes and tools used to automate the management and deployment of system configurations. It includes activities such as provisioning, configuration file management, and setting up environments. Measuring this skill in the test allows recruiters to evaluate a candidate's ability to effectively manage and maintain the configuration of software and infrastructure, ensuring consistency across different environments and improving overall system reliability and scalability.

AWS Troubleshooting and Debugging: AWS Troubleshooting and Debugging refers to the ability to identify and resolve issues and errors that may occur within AWS services and solutions. This skill evaluates a candidate's proficiency in diagnosing problems, analyzing logs, and applying appropriate debugging techniques to ensure the smooth operation of AWS deployments. Measuring this skill is crucial as it assesses the candidate's ability to effectively troubleshoot and resolve issues, minimizing downtime and optimizing system performance.

Python Basics: Python Basics encompass the fundamental concepts, syntax, and features of the Python programming language. This skill measures a candidate's understanding of variables, data types, control flow, functions, and basic programming constructs. Evaluating this skill in the test helps recruiters assess a candidate's foundation in Python, which is widely used for scripting and automation tasks in DevOps environments.

Python OOPs: Python OOPs (Object-Oriented Programming) refers to the ability to leverage object-oriented principles and concepts, such as classes, objects, inheritance, and polymorphism, in Python programming. Measuring this skill allows recruiters to evaluate a candidate's proficiency in developing modular and reusable code using OOP principles, enabling better code maintainability, extensibility, and code organization.

Python Data Structures: Python Data Structures encompass the various data storage and manipulation techniques available in Python, such as lists, tuples, dictionaries, and sets. This skill measures a candidate's understanding of how to effectively store, retrieve, and manipulate data using these built-in data structures. Assessing this skill in the test enables recruiters to evaluate a candidate's ability to efficiently handle and manipulate data, which is essential for many DevOps tasks involving analysis, processing, and transformation of data.

Linux Fundamentals: Linux Fundamentals refer to the foundational knowledge and understanding of the Linux operating system, including its architecture, file system, command-line interface, and essential utilities. Measuring this skill allows recruiters to assess a candidate's proficiency in navigating and working with Linux systems, which are widely used in many DevOps environments. Understanding Linux Fundamentals is crucial for effectively managing and maintaining Linux-based infrastructure in a DevOps context.

Shell Scripting: Shell Scripting involves writing scripts that automate tasks and operations in a command-line environment using shell programming languages, such as bash. This skill measures a candidate's ability to write efficient shell scripts for automating repetitive tasks, system administration, and configuration management. Evaluating this skill in the test enables recruiters to assess a candidate's proficiency in automating various DevOps processes, improving efficiency, and reducing the likelihood of human errors.

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Can I customize the test?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up within 48 hours based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test. You can also customize a test by uploading your own questions.

Can I combine multiple skills into one test?

Yes, absolutely. Custom assessments are set up based on your job description, and will include questions on all must-have skills you specify. Here's a quick guide on how you can request a custom test.

What roles can I use the AWS DevOps Assessment Test for?

Here are few roles for which we recommend this test:

  • AWS DevOps Engineer
  • Cloud Engineer
  • Site Reliability Engineer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • AWS Architect
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