The Scrum.org Professional Scrum Developer I (PSD I) assessment is a 60-minute timeboxed assessment. You need to score over 85% to pass and gain the PSD I certification. The assessment contains 80 questions in English of multiple choice type.
You decide when and where to take the assessment. You are not required to attend an assessment centre and can take it online from a location of your choosing. There is no expiration date once you have purchased the assessment attempt.
Further details on what to expect from the assessment can be found on the Scrum.org PSD I assessment page.
Here are some tips on taking and passing the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Developer I (PSD I) assessment and gaining certification:
- Ideally, attend a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Developer course.
- Explore the Scrum.org Software Developer Learning Path. If you have taken the class this will allow you to revise the import topics. If you have not taken a course this will be a vital learning resource to help you pass PSD I.
- Read the Scrum Guide and get really familiar with it.
- Download our Scrum 1 Pager. It’s great for reference and revision.
- Review our other Simple Guide To Scrum resources.
- Review the Scrum Glossary and the Professional Scrum Developer Glossary for quick definitions of key terms
- Read some of these suggested books.
- Take the Scrum Open assessment until you can do it fast and score 100% 3 times in a row.
- Take the Scrum Developer Open Assessment a few times until you can do it fast and score 100% 3 times in a row.
- You do not need to do the other Open assessments as these are intended as preparation for other assessments.
- Take our Free Scrum Developer (PSD) Practice Assessment. This offers different questions to the Scrum.org Open assessments so is an additional opportunity to test your knowledge in advance of sitting the real assessment.
- Take our paid Ultimate Scrum Developer (PSD) Practice Assessment. This offers more practice questions and is the best and most comprehensive practice assessment available
When you are ready to take the assessment for real:
- Have the Scrum Guide, the Scrum Glossary, the Professional Scrum Developer Glossary and our Scrum 1 Pager to hand and use them to look up what you need.
- Answer all the questions even if you have to make an educated guess. The assessment is not negatively marked.
- Read the questions and answers carefully. One word misread can lead you to the wrong answer.
- Don’t spend too long on each question. If unsure of an answer, note down the question number and move on. Completing all the questions in the timebox can be challenging.
- Be aware of the difference between “must” (a mandatory thing) and “should” (an optional thing).
- Make sure you select the required number of answers as the platform will not prompt you. Choosing only 1 answer on a “Pick 2” style question is a quick way to drop points.
- Come back to the hard questions at the end and use your time to think them over.
- Aim to leave time to check all your answers before the end.
- Google the question if really unsure, but be careful as this takes time and there are lots of unreliable sources out there.
You can resit the assessment if you need to, but you will need to purchase another attempt from Scrum.org. The only exception to this is if you attend a Scrum.org Applying Professional Scrum For Software Development course, and then fail the PSD I assessment within 14 days of completing the course. In this case Scrum.org will provide you with a 2nd free attempt.
I hope this information will help you to pass. Let me know how you get on via the comments below and good luck!
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