How To Pass The Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS) Assessment From

The Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS) assessment is a 60-minute time-boxed assessment where you’ll answer 40 questions (in English) of multiple choice type, very similar in style to the Nexus Open assessment.

You get one attempt and you decide when and where to take it. There’s no expiration date. You are not required to attend an assessment centre and can take it from the comfort of your own home.

Further details on what to expect from the assessment can be found on the assessment page.

  • Ideally, attend a Scaled Professional Scrum course and read back over the course notes.
  • Read the Nexus Guide and get really familiar with it. This is the primary source of all answers for the assessment.
  • Read my pages on Scaled Professional Scrum and Nexus – The Definitive Guide. This is the most comprehensive source of further information available online.
  • Take the Nexus Open assessment until you can do it fast and score 100% twice in a row. This is really important as some of the toughest questions here come up in the SPS assessment so this is your chance to pick up some easy points.
  • Take my Scaled Professional Scrum Practice Assessment. This offers different questions to the Nexus Open assessment so is an additional opportunity to test your knowledge in advance of sitting the real assessment.
  • Since the SPS assessment is an intermediate level assessment, doing the other Open Assessments may also help you prepare. I would especially recommend the Scrum Open and Product Owner Open assessments.
  • Review some relevant posts on the forums.
  • Consider reading The Enterprise and Scrum by Ken Schwaber. It’s a little dated now but the core concepts around scaling are still true.
  • Contact me with your questions. I like it when you do!

When you are ready to take the assessment for real:

  • Use the link in the email you will have received from
  • Have the Nexus Guide, the Scrum guide and the Scrum glossary to hand and use it to look up what you need.
  • Don’t spend too long on each question. If unsure of an answer, note down the question number and move on. Time is usually not a major issue for people with this assessment, unlike some of the others.
  • Come back to the hard questions at the end and use your time to think them over.
  • Google the question if really unsure, but be careful as this takes time and there are lots of unreliable sources out there.
  • If time permits, check all your answers before the end.

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 Scaled Professional Scrum course, and then fail the SPS assessment within 14 days of completing the course. In this case will provide you with a 2nd free attempt (as of 12th September 2017).

I hope this information will help you to pass and achieve the Scaled Professional Scrum certification from Let me know how you get on via the comments below and good luck!

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  1. Hi Simon,
    I just finished your SPS’s practice assessement, for the question
    – “How many parts are there to a Nexus Sprint Retrospective ?”
    – I choose “3” and I have wrong for that question(you choose the good response as “This is not describred by Nexus”)
    – but in the response feedback it’s writen “The Nexus Sprint Retrsoepctive consists of three parts”.
    Are you agree that the good response is “3” ?


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      Hi Ibrahima,

      Good spot. I have updated the feedback on this question to the following:
      The Nexus Guide used to describe the Nexus Sprint Retrospective consisting of 3 parts. This is no longer true as of January 2021.
      Thank you for making me aware.


  2. Simon,
    Your site exposed a lot of my NEXUS blind spots. Even though none of the questions in your OPEN assessment showed up in my real test, they truly solidified my understanding of Nexus flow, roles, artifacts, rules, and the binding fabric between them.

    I don’t think I would have passed my PSP without understanding why I couldn’t get 100% on your assessments (shhhhh, sharing this in a very “quiet mode”: my first 5 tests in your assessments were consistently 60% pass, initially making me scratching my heard thinking something wrong with your test b/c I get ~90%+ in Scrum. org open assessments… then I realized how lucky I was coming across your website)

    Thanks a lot,
    TechGuy –
    VA- USA

    I wish you had an SPS full course online, and I wouldn’t have minded paying for it even if it was more than regular long courses online like DevOps, ML, etc (Edx).

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  3. Hi Simon,

    I have just started to look at various resources etc. for the SPS certification and will definitely be using the resources mentioned in your blog.

    I have recently completed PSM certificate and one of the reasons that I liked this certification is that apart from being quite detail oriented, it does not require renewal.

    I am looking for details around validity of SPS certificate – is that valid for lifetime as well?


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  4. Thanks a lot Simon for an excellent articles on on Scaled Professional Scrum. SPS Definitive Guide blog published here is a great reference for me along with Nexus Guide.

    I also utilized your SPS practice tests/Mocks for best preparation.

    These things really helped me to pass the SPS assessment recently in my first attempt.

    SureshBabu Thadikamalla

  5. Dear Simon Kneafsey

    Thanks to your great SPS Definitive Guide & SPS Practice Test, I’ve passed the SPS assessment today (first attempt).

    Kind Regards,

  6. Thanks a lot Simon for an excellent article on on SPS and I really loved your way of presenting your SPS Definitive Guide blog here. I also utilized your SPS practice test.

    These things really helped me to pass the SPS assessment just now in my first attempt.

    – Ashok

  7. Dear Simon, Your site is – besides being a very professional scrum site – a big help for passing the SPS exam. Thank you very much. Best regards, Xander Prins.

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