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.
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!
The Scrum Master is Simon Kneafsey. Simon is a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org, the home of Scrum run by Scrum co-creator, Ken Schwaber. Simon offers Professional Scrum Certification training courses globally and works with clients to introduce Scrum to their organisations.
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