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How To Pass The Professional Scrum Master III (PSM III) Assessment From

Here are some tips on taking (and passing) the Professional Scrum Master III (PSM III) assessment and gaining certification from

To strengthen your chances of passing you should first consider attending a Professional Scrum Master course from This course covers all the material you will need to prepare for PSM III. The theory will be brought to life with real-world examples from your instructor and will set you up well to take. You should also consider attending a Professional Scrum Master II course. The content covered and the 2 days spent exploring advanced Scrum Master topics will make passing the PSM III assessment significantly more likely.

To prepare for the assessment, firstly review the guidance from on how the PSM III assessment is structured so you know what to expect logistically.

Here are some important things to note about the PSM III assessment:

  • There assessment is comprised of 24 essay based questions.
  • The time limit is 2.5 hours.
  • Scoring is Pass/Did Not Pass.
  • The assessment is manually graded by staff so it will take a few weeks to receive your result.

Tips to help you prepare:

  • The key to passing PSM III is having a very strong understanding of Scrum theory, combined with a number of years of solid experience using Scrum in the real world. A strong pass mark in the PSM I and PSM II assessments should mean you are well on the way to having the right level of theory knowledge.
  • Review my tips on passing the Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) and the Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) assessments. These assessments are prerequisites and so you must pass them before moving onto the more challenging PSM III assessment.
  • If you have attended a course, review all the examples from the class material and practice writing out short paragraph answers for the best way to solve the exercises.
  • Completing the PSM III assessment within the timebox is challenging. You need to ensure you balance your time and allow enough time to answer each question fully. Some questions require more detail in the answers than others. Allowing some time at the beginning to review all the questions and identify these is a good practice. You will have approximately 6 minutes per question.
  • If you want to see some sample questions and learn how to answer them, try our Free Scrum Master III (PSM III) Practice Questions. This provides 5 sample questions and guidance on creating good answers for each.
  • If you want more practice questions and guidance on creating good answers, try our Ultimate Scrum Master III (PSM III) Practice Questions. This is a larger selection of sample PSPO III questions with detailed suggestions to help you create answers. It will help you know what sort of questions to expect and be able to create good answers in the real assessment..
  • If you want to verify if you are ready to take the assessment and likely to pass, try our Ultimate Scrum Master III (PSM III) Practice Assessment to experience a realistic practice assessment and receive graded answers you can use to gauge your current level. The practice assessment is 5 star rated and had been used by hundreds of people to help them prepare for PSM III.

I would also strongly suggest reading these books as a minimum:

Some final tips to help you during the assessment:

  • Aim to make a few strong points in each answer to showcase what you know.
  • Short answers are not necessarily a bad thing, but make sure you answer all parts of the question. This is really important! Failure to answer all parts of a question is where people most commonly lose points.
  • Use real-world examples from your own experience where you can.
  • Ensure you use the correct Scrum terminology from the latest Scrum Guide. Its Developers (not Development Team), they are Events (not ceremonies) and it is a Daily Scrum (not a Daily Standup). Failure to get the basic language correct demonstrates a lack of correct and up to date understanding of Scrum which will make a pass unlikely.
  • You are not graded on your spelling, but you need to make sure whoever is grading your answers can understand what you mean so you should do your best to minimise mistakes.
  • Abbreviations are fine as long as they are in common usage and will not struggle to know what you mean. If in doubt, write out the full word.
  • Do not include material copied verbatim from other sources or other assessment takers. This does not demonstrate knowledge or understanding and are likely to detect it. Use your own words.
  • Remember that Scrum is about inspection and adaptation and you may need to utilise this approach to successfully navigate the advanced assessments.

PSM III is difficult and less than 2000 people have achieved it to date. However it is not impossible so if you prepare well, understand the theory underpinning Scrum and have some solid real-world experience with Scrum you should be well placed to pass and achieve this distinguishing certification.

If you would like to join one of our classes, you can see our upcoming class list. We operate all over the world so you will find a course running at a time to suit you.

Please let me know how you find the PSM III assessment via the comments section below. Good luck!

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Comments 56

  1. Hi,
    I see PSPO reference at couple of places in above article. PSPO III assessment and PSPO book. Just wanted to make sure it’s not typos error. Please confirm.

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  2. Hi Simon/Sam

    Im preparing for the PSMIII.
    Please can you share with me the sample questions?

    Thanks in advance and have nice day.

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  3. Hello Simon,

    Im preparing my PSM III. Can you please send me some example questions and tips for the exam? Thanks in advance and thanks for your sharings and efforts for make community grow.

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  4. Hi Team,

    I am preparing for PSM III, Great to see lot of experts here who can guide me on the PSM III. From portfolio.

    It will be great if you can share sample questions to understand the assessment of PSM III.

    Also, let me know if there is any coaching or preparation path for PSM III.

    Thanks in Advance!

  5. Hello Simon, I passed my PSM II in december and would like to get my PSM III somewhere this year. Can you also send me some example questions and tips for the exam? Thanks very much! Greetings Ilse

  6. Hi Alex
    I have a question,
    I have done my PSM (II) last year and i also did my SASM ( SAFe Advance Scrum Master).
    Wanted to check how different it is from PSM II and PSM III.

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