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How to pass the Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I)

By February 27, 2020June 14th, 2023No Comments

The Professional Scrum Master I from is a challenging online assessment where you’ll answer 80  multiple choice questions within an hour. 

Most people hate exams and tests, so how do you pass the Professional Scrum Master 1 Exam? Here are some ideas on taking and successfully passing the Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) assessment achieving the Professional Scrum Master Certification.

How to Prepare for the Assessment

  • If possible, attend a Professional Scrum Master course by and ensure you thoroughly understand and review the course notes at least 3-4 times. 
  • Make sure you read the Scrum Guide a number of times, understand it and memorise the concepts – use mind maps, note-taking and mnemonics to get the concepts in your head
  • Make sure you are thoroughly happy with the five Scrum Competencies
    1. Understanding and Applying the Scrum Framework
    2. Developing People and Teams
      • Facilitation 
      • Leadership Styles
      • Coaching and Mentoring
    3. Managing Products with Agility
      • Forecasting
      • Product Vision
      • Product Backlog Management
    4. Developing and Delivering Products
      •  Emergent Software development
      • Managing Technical Risk
      • Optimizing Flow
    5. Evolving the Agile Organisation
      • Organisational Design
      • Do the Scrum Open Assessment until you can achieve 100% at least 5 times in a row


When You’re Ready To Take The PSM I Assessment

  • You’ll need to purchase the PSM I Assessment from
  • Ensure you have a good internet connection – the last thing you need is the connection dropping halfway through the exam – yes it has happened, and no, its not fun
  • Have the Scrum Guide and Scrum Glossary open in another browser so you have them to hand if you need to search for anything factual– ctrl F is your friend!
  • Read the Scrum Guide once before the exam (You read it at least 5 times when you were preparing right? ? )
  • Do the Scrum Open Assessment at least 2-3 times to get your mind warmed up to the style of questions
  • 80 questions in an hour means you need to be moving calmly but briskly – note down hard questions and come back to them, get through the easy questions quickly
  • Hard questions can be made easier by eliminating the obviously wrong options
  • Make sure you check the Scrum Guide if you want to check the factual questions – for example how long is the Sprint Review event?

To recap! To pass the Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) test, you should first gain a strong understanding of the Scrum framework, including the roles, events, and artifacts. You can do this by reading the Scrum Guide, attending a Scrum training course, and/or gaining hands-on experience working on a Scrum team.

You should also study and practice for the test using resources such as sample questions, study guides, and practice tests. These can be found on the website, which administers the PSM I test.

It is recommended that you have at least 6 months of experience working on a Scrum team before taking the test.

Finally, ensure that you have enough time to prepare yourself and go through the study materials, practice tests and questions.

Keep in mind that passing the test is only the first step, maintaining your certification and continuing to improve your knowledge and skills through ongoing learning and practice is also important.

If you’ve prepared as above, you should pass with flying colours. If you miss the mark, you will need to purchase another key.

(If you attend a scrum training course then you get a free attempt within 14 days)

Good Luck and feel free to let me know how you did!

Further Agile Scrum Training

Online Professional Scrum Master Training I (PSMI)

Online Professional Scrum Master Training II (PSMII)

Online Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO)

Professional Scrum Product Owner Advanced (PSPO-A)

Online Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-E)

Applying Professional Scrum (APS)