How To Pass PSPO I

How To Pass The Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) Assessment From

The Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) assessment is a 60-minute timeboxed assessment. You need to score over 85% to pass and gain the PSPO 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 PSPO I assessment page.

Here are some tips on taking (and passing) the Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) assessment and gaining certification:

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 Product Owner is a value maximiser. They ensure the Scrum Team works on the right things in the right order.

You can resit the assessment if you need to, but you will need to purchase another attempt from The only exception to this is if you attend a Professional Scrum Product Owner course, and then fail the PSPO I assessment within 14 days of completing the course. In this case, 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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  1. Hi Sir,

    Thanks for sharing very informative post about PSPO. I am planning to take up PSPO 1 certification, can you please recommend some good suggested readings for preparing for the same?


  2. The Product owner certifications from Scrum Alliance and seems to be same and it doesn’t make any sense to go after both.

    PSPO certifications from looks better in comparison.

    No consistent course material(Trainers quality)and renewal required every 2 years are big negative for CSPO.

  3. Hi Simon,
    Obviously, I failed!
    I think I read that after attending a class Scrum in practice, you should be able to claim a second atempt within 14 days after first one.
    What you would recomd me reading passing the exam?

    My main concern, my weakest point is that I am not a native English speaker and under preasure of 60 min to pass 80 questions, I am not able to think faster as I should be. If I have had 10 more min, I could have pass the exam!
    Please send me an email what should I do next.
    Thanks, Maria

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      I have worked with thousands of non-native English speakers who have managed to pass the assessments so this is rarely the primary factor.

      When I say attend a class I mean a approved class as detailed in the post. The quality and coverage of material may not be present in any other class from other providers. So I would recommend doing that. My other tips are in the post. A lower-cost option would be to read the recommended books.

      I hope that helps. Good luck if you choose to go again.

  4. Hi Simon
    I have recently successfully taken the scrum master exam, but then tried to take the product owner one (after additional preparations of course) but turns out the PO exam is just totally different and also different to the and you open assessment here. The exam is just much more text per question to analyse and much more analytical questions.

    Do you have any suggestions for me how I can prepare myself even more for a second attempt. My employer does not pay for (facilitated) training or books, only for the exams themselves. Training I need to do using any available free documentation and free open assessments.

    Kind regards,

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      Hi Jorgen,

      All my tips on preparing and passing PSPO I are detailed above and many hundreds of people have found these tips helped them to pass.

      There is nothing else free that I think would make a big difference for you. Perhaps you could consider the book that is mentioned which is low cost and will really help you if you take the time to read and study it.

      Good luck!


  5. Hi Simon,

    Thank you so much for this informative piece.

    I do not have any experience in this field. This is a new career interest for me and I am looking at taking both the PSPO and PSM.
    I plan to write the PSPO first and I will be self-studying.
    Please do you have specific tips for newbies in this field as I am determined and positive to pass on the 1st attempt.

    What free online materials would you recommend?
    Thank you.

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  6. Hi Simon,

    It is great to read your article. I am an experienced Project Manager and have worked in the Agile space for 3 years. I am interested in taking PSPO assessment and my confusion is whether to go for PSMl first and then take the PSPO, OR directly attempt the PSPOl.

    I would love to know your thoughts on it.

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      Hi Rajat,

      PSPO and PSM focus on different aspects of Scrum so it depends where your interests lie.

      If you want to be a Product Owner, then go with PSPO first. Otherwise, PSM is the preferred starting point for most people.



  7. Hi Simon,

    I’ve had 2 attempts at the PSPO I now. First attempt was days after attending the PO training, prior to finding your study guide and doing any additional studying, I received a 74.5. With my schedule I knew I would not be able to dedicate enough time to fully study and attempt within the 14 days so I just took a stab at it. With my second attempt I followed your guide, with the exception of reading any of the books, it was very helpful but I still fell short with an 83.8%. This was frustrating for sure!

    From what I’m feeling the multiple choice questions are the ones tripping me up. I feel very confident on the single answer questions.

    Could you share any additional insights that might help me get over this hump?

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    2. Hi Marsha,
      Did you do a third attempt?
      I also failed 2 times and didn’t sleep well this night! I feel sick ..
      Maybe because I am not native English speaker I failed. I definitely need more time, 60 min are not enough and that’s the main problem with me.
      I am not quite sure do I want to have a third attempt?

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        As the assessments are in English and so are harder for non-native speakers, unfortunately. And the assessments are designed to be hard so the certification has some meaning once you achieve it.

        Have you read the books? Have you attended a class? You will need to put the time in to get really familiar with all the topics required



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