The Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) assessment is a 60-minute timeboxed assessment. You need to score over 85% to pass and gain the PSM 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 PSM I assessment page.
Here are some tips on taking and passing the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) assessment and gaining certification:
- Ideally, attend a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master course.
- Read the Scrum Guide and get really familiar with it. This is the primary source of answers for the assessment.
- Download our Scrum 1 Pager. It’s great for reference and revision.
- Review our other Simple Guide To Scrum resources.
- Review the Scrum Glossary for quick definitions of key terms.
- Review the Scrum Master Learning Path at Scrum.org which contains lots of free valuable learning resources.
- Take the Scrum Open assessment a few times until you have seen all the questions and can score 100%.
- Take our Free Scrum Master I (PSM I) Practice Assessment. This offers different questions to the Scrum.org Open assessment so is an additional opportunity to test your knowledge in advance of sitting the real assessment.
- Take our paid Ultimate Scrum Master I (PSM I) Practice Assessment. This offers 500+ questions and is the best and most comprehensive practice assessment available anywhere. It is 5-star rated and has been used by thousands of people.
When you are ready to take the assessment:
- Have the Scrum Guide, Scrum 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.
- Remember the Scrum Master is a coach and facilitator. They do not tell the team what to do or how to do it, except in matters relating to the Scrum framework.
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 Professional Scrum Master course, and then fail the PSM 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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