How To Pass PSM II From Scrum.org

How To Pass The Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) Assessment From Scrum.org

26th July 2016 – This post has been updated to reflect the changes to the Professional Scrum Master assessments and certifications that have been announced by Scrum.org. What was PSM II has been renamed to PSM III. What was previously PSP (Professional Scrum Practitioner) has been renamed to PSM II. You can read more about the changes here.

Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) 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.

How Do I Pass The PSM II Assessment?

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.

The next step, if you haven’t already is to take and pass the PSM I assessment. Read my earlier post on how to successfully pass PSM I to prepare you for this assessment.

Next you should consider attending a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master II course. Whilst not essential to pass PSM II, 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.

PSM II is a more advanced assessment than PSM I and tests your knowledge of Scrum theory, the Scrum Guide and expects some real world experience to allow you pass. Of all the reading that is suggested in the tips for passing PSM I, I would suggest you focus your efforts and read – “Scrum – A Pocket Guide” by Gunther Verheyen. This was the book that helped me the most and I would highly recommend it to you too.

Finally, try my free PSM II Practice Assessment to see if you are ready for the real thing.

You can find out a little more about what to expect with PSM II and try out a sample question in my next post.

Please let me know how you find the Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) assessment via the comments below. Scrum.org are always looking to develop their assessments so your feedback will be valuable in helping them improve these offerings. Good luck!


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  1. Hi Simon,

    Thanks that you have launched PSM I, PSM II, SPS practice assessments which help immensely to those who are preparing for these tests. Is there any plan to launch PSP practice assessment in near future?

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      Hi Pradip,

      Scrum.org are still finalising their plans for the PSP assessment. The format and content may still change quite a bit.

      Once they settle on something I will look to produce a practice assessment for it.

      I also have plans to produce practice assessments for PSD I and PSPO I and II at some point.

      Regards

      Simon

  2. I just passed this one. I followed this journey:
    – PSM I.
    – Nexus.
    – PSM II.

    I’m not really sure wether passing Nexus first helped me on the scaled scrum questions you get on the exam.

    As for difficulty, i have mixed feelings:
    – Got my best score on PSM II, with near perfect score.
    – I was not dead sure of having the right answer on more than 50% of the questions. I got more questions right by eliminating stupid or incorrect answers than being sure of the right answer.

    I have no real world experience as i never practiced Scrum nor Agile, so this is not a prerequisite.

    Got all certifications with 90+ score, but feels like i have a lot to learn about Scrum.
    Getting the right answer in a MCQ is one thing, but finding the right answer without those guidelines is certainly harder.
    Some parts of Scrum are still unintuitive to me.

    1. Hi,

      I have cleared PSM1 exam and planning to take PSM II exam. Can you please provide some guidance like what all material shall I go through for PSM II.

      1. Hi Aditi,

        I am also on the same boat. Done with PSM I and looking to move to PSM II. DO you have any info on what you had requested. Would be great if you can share this with me as well.

        Thanks,
        Satish

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            I have started work on this. Will be available by August at the latest but likely much sooner.

            I will announce via my newsletter so sign up for it if you haven’t already.

            Regards

            Simon

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    Hi Pradip,

    I am planning to create a PSM II practice assessment. It is on my Product Backlog but I don’t have a date planned for it yet.

    I will announce once it is live so you will know to re-visit.

    Regards

    Simon

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  4. Hi Simon,

    Planning to appear PSMII. Can you please help if the sample assessment is already out?

    Would like to go through them before I appear the certification.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Padmaja

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      1. Sir,

        Can you please send the details to me as well. I have completed my PSM I certification and trying for PSM II

  5. Hi

    I plan to take PSM II by month end. Would it possible to share sample assessment. It would really help to see if i can make it through the test.

    Regards
    Varsha

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  6. Hi Simon,

    Greetings, I pinged in this blog to check on PSM II. Do you have recent 30 sample questions for PSM II?

    Apprecite your time.

    Regards,
    Bala

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  7. Sir,

    Can you please send the details to me as well. I have completed my PSM I certification and trying for PSM II

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  8. Hello Simon,

    Could you please advise what is the correct answer for the below question and why. thank you in advance.

    A Development Team has members working from globally distributed locations. Conducting the Scrum events via a conference call is proving difficult and an impediment to the Development Team self-organising. As Scrum Master, you have raised this in the Sprint Retrospective.

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  9. Hi Simon,

    I have recently cleared PSM I and now willing to appear for PSM II, can you suggest some good reading material to help clear PSM II.

    -Sumita

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  10. I am planning to take PSM II assessment, already completed my PSM 1 with 93.7 percent. Could you please suggest me any material which is available over internet. Any PDF kind of thing? Please respond as soon as possible.

    Thanks,
    Tharun.

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  11. Thanks for this Simon. I passed my PSMII today, I used your open assessment in my prep as well as your helpful tips in conjunction with some advice from PST colleagues. I appreciate the work you’ve put into these pages, thank you.

  12. Hi Simon,

    Can you please Help with this ?
    Couldn’t figure out the answer

    A Development Team has members working from globally distributed locations. Conducting the Scrum events via a conference call is proving difficult and an impediment to the Development Team self-organising. As Scrum Master, you have raised this in the Sprint Retrospective

    Which two are the most appropriate things to do?

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  13. Dear Simon,
    I’m in the same boat with Andy, struggling to find the best answers.

    Here are my thoughts:
    – Introduce the tools in use elsewhere in the organisation that have helped other teams

    ==> Sounds good to me. Best practise sharing demonstrates great servant-leader behavior and a solution proved working for other teams could lead to a quick success in this team too. Besides, the final choice is still with the dev team as I don’t dictate them a solution I think it’s best, I rather share a suite of options. So they have the full control over what happens.

    – Wait for the Development Team to choose and implement a solution

    ==> This issue has been clearly expressed as being an impediment and part of my role is to help remove it. It does not sound like a brand new issue so waiting is a bad idea imho. This will only extend the issue and further negatively impact velocity, team morale, transparency and so on.

    – Help the Development Team discuss, choose and introduce suitable communication tools

    ==> HELP sounds good to me. Again, a true servant-leader behavior. Support and coach the team, facilitate solutions and events.

    – Raise the impediment to management and challenge the distributed nature of the team

    ==> Raising the issue to management before talking to the team ignores some of the Scrum values in my eyes. It also takes away the opportunity to find a solution within the team. It also exposes our inablity to properly self-organize to management.
    Besides, in this very scenario I doubt that management can really help us as relocating members just for this project seems to be unrealistic.

    Bottom line, the answer certainly lies on page 8 of our “Bible”:

    Scrum Master Service to the Development Team The Scrum Master serves the Development Team in several ways, including:
    • Coaching the Development Team in self-organization and cross-functionality;
    • Helping the Development Team to create high-value products;
    • Removing impediments to the Development Team’s progress;
    • Facilitating Scrum events as requested or needed; and,
    • Coaching the Development Team in organizational environments in which Scrum is not yet fully adopted and understood.

    Thanks for your insights, I’m sure this is a question where others might struggle too.

    Best regards
    Markus

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      Hi Markus,

      Nice analysis. Thank you.

      One subtle language thing though that you correctly picked up on – “Introduce the tools in use elsewhere in the organisation that have helped other teams”.
      It depends on how you interpret “introduce”. One definition is “bring (something, especially a product, measure, or concept) into use or operation for the first time.”
      Should a Scrum Master bring a tool into use for a Development Team?
      I think in almost all cases: Make them aware of it – Yes. Make them use it – No.

      Regards

      Simon

      1. Dear Simon,
        thanks for your swift response. You are spot on – whenever the wording gets a bit vague, there is room for interpretation. In this case, this broke my neck as my interpretation of “introduce” was all about creating awareness.
        “Hey folks, have you seen this tool xy the other teams are using? It has done a great job for them. I suggest you have a closer look to find out if this tool could improve your collaboration situation as well.”

        If the meaning was geared towards “dicating”, this is certainly not the right approach for a Scrum Master, I totally agree.

        Going back to the full answers, I’m not completely happy with escalating this to management though. Would you please shed some light on this and share the benefits you see? I’d also love to understand how management could potentially address this issue in an effective manner?

        Thanks for your insight, appreciate this discussion.
        Regards
        Markus

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          Hi Markus,

          The issue is described as an impediment. Raising it to someone/management outside of the Scrum Team may be needed to remove it and the Scrum Master has a responsibility here.

          Regards

          Simon

          1. Thanks for the clarification Simon.

            Like in the real assessments too, a key element is reading every single word of the questions and answers to not miss the slightest detail.

            With that, I’m happy now. Thanks for helping us with your experience.

            Regards
            Markus

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