AWS Solutions Architect Quiz 6 🎓 (IAM)

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3 min readNov 4, 2020

The AWS solutions architect certification shows that you can use AWS services to solve software engineering problems and understand core best practices of the industry. In this article, I will quiz you on one of the sections from the material required for the exam: IAM.

I will now briefly state some key facts about this AWS service, and then provide some example questions for the exam.

N.B: The following information on its own will not be enough to answer the questions.


The Identity and Access Management (IAM) service enables authorisation and authentication on AWS resources.

Authenticationare you who you claim to be?

Authorisation are you allowed to do what you want to do?

IAM Service Diagram — Source

It is also useful to know that:

  • The top level user is called a principal and is allowed to interact with AWS resources — Root user, IAM user, and Roles are principles.
  • A Root user is created when the AWS account is created and has console and programmatic access.
  • IAM users + groups — persistent identities that can be controlled through IAM. IAM user must have the rights to assume the role.
  • Roles — allow people or processes the ability to operate temporarily with a different identity. Assume a role by being granted a temporary security token.
  • A policy is a JSON document that defines one or more permissions to interact with AWS resources. Each permission includes: Effect, Action and Resource.
  • You can write your own policies or use one of the managed policies provided by AWS.
  • IAM enables rotation by allowing two active access keys.

Quiz 🎓

The quiz can also be accessed in full size here. These questions were sourced from multiple locations (mainly the certification sample test) over a long period of time.

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