The Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) assessment is an advanced-level assessment from Scrum.org aimed at demonstrating that you know Scrum theory and how to apply it in the real world.
The PSM II assessment is positioned between PSM I and PSM III in terms of difficulty and is an achievable certification for those that have attended a Professional Scrum Master course and/or have sufficient real-world experience.
The PSM II assessment is structured in a similar way to PSM I. It is comprised of 30 multiple-choice questions. You have 90 minutes to complete the assessment and must score 85% to achieve the certification. The questions and answer options tend to be longer than in PSM I and it takes more time to read and understand. As with all Scrum.org assessments, it is challenging and designed to test your real understanding of Scrum.
The first and best preparation for the Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) is to attend a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master course. This will teach you all the theory you need with real-world examples to bring your learning to life. It is of course possible to take and pass PSM II without attending a course if you have sufficient knowledge and experience.
Next you should consider attending a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master II course. The content covered and the 2 days spent exploring advanced Scrum Master topics will make passing the assessment significantly easier.
When you are ready to take PSM II, the same preparation tips apply for PSM II as PSM I. So I would suggest reviewing my tips for PSM I and refreshing your knowledge of the Scrum guide and other areas as you feel appropriate.
Consider reading Scrum – A Pocket Guide by Gunther Verheyen. This offers a concise summary of Scrum and is a useful learning and revision resource.
Here are some further tips:
- 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.
- You can find out a little more about what to expect with PSM II and try out a sample question here.
- If you have attended a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master II course, make use of the free 2nd attempt at the assessment that is offered (if you take your first attempt and fail within 14 days of the class). This is a big advantage and will be absolutley vital to many who seek to pass the assessment.
- Take our Free Scrum Master II (PSM II) Practice Assessment. This is an additional opportunity to test your knowledge in advance of sitting the real assessment.
- Take our paid Ultimate Scrum Master II (PSM II) Practice Assessment. This is the best and most comprehensive PSM II practice assessment available anywhere. It is 5-star rated and has been used by thousands of people.
Please let me know how you find the Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) assessment via the comments below. Good luck!
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