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Is is possible to pass the AWS Solutions Architect Professional exam without the associate level? How challenging would it be? Are specialty certs challenging without the AWS Solutions  Architect Associate?



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My recommendation is based on my own experience. I took the AWS Architect Associated first and then I took the Professional Level. Do you need one to pass the other? the answer is not, does the associated level helps to pass the Professional level oh yes! 

My advice is for you to consider taking the associated first and then the professional. In relation to the specialty, I can't say much since I have not sat any specialty AWS certification, all I have heard is that associate and professional levels are worlds apart from specialty which are very focus and narrow.

Good Luck!