The Scrum.org Professional Scrum With Kanban (PSK I) assessment is a 60-minute timeboxed assessment. You need to score over 85% to pass and gain the PSL I certification. The assessment contains 45 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 Scrum.org Professional Scrum with Kanban assessment page.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for and pass the assessment:
- Ideally, attend a Professional Scrum With Kanban (PSK) course and read back over the course notes.
- Read the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams. Get really familiar with this content. This is the primary source of all answers for the assessment.
- Read as much as you can from the Scrum.org suggested reading. This will be vital if you have not attended a course.
- Take the Scrum with Kanban Open Assessment a few times until you have seen all the questions and can score 100%.
- Take our Free Scrum With Kanban I (PSK I) Practice Assessment. This offers different questions to the EBM Open assessment so is an additional opportunity to test your knowledge in advance of sitting the real assessment.
- Take our paid Ultimate Scrum With Kanban I (PSK I) Practice Assessment which contains many more questions and is the most comprehensive practice assessment available. It is 5-star rated and has been used by thousands of people.
When you are ready to take the assessment:
- Have the Scrum Guide, the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams, 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 Scrum Master is a coach and facilitator. They do not tell the team what to do or how to do it, except in matters relating to the Scrum framework.
You can resit the assessment if you need to, but you will need to purchase another attempt from Scrum.org. The only exception to this is if you attend a Professional Scrum With Kanban (PSK) course, and then fail the PSK I assessment within 14 days of completing the course. In this case, Scrum.org will provide you with a 2nd free attempt.
I hope this information will help you to pass and achieve the Professional Scrum With Kanban (PSK I) certification from Scrum.org. Let me know how you get on via the comments below and good luck!
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