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

The Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS) assessment is a 60-minute timeboxed assessment. You need to score over 85% to pass and gain the SPS certification. The assessment contains 40 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 assessment page.

When you are ready to take the assessment for real:

  • Have the Nexus Guide, 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.

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.

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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