So you took the leap and attempted the Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Assessment From Scrum.org.
You knew it was tough before you started. 80 questions in 60 minutes and an 85% passing mark. You came close, but sadly not close enough to achieve the certification.
So what should you do now?
The good news is that you can resit the assessment immediately, but you will need to purchase another attempt from Scrum.org in order to do so. It can get expensive, so you want to make sure you can pass on your next attempt.
The only exception to this is if you attend a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master course, and then fail the PSM I assessment within 14 days of completing the course. In this case Scrum.org will provide you with a 2nd free attempt.
Here are my tips on retaking and passing the Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) assessment and gaining the certification:
- Review the resources highlighted in the feedback you received from Scrum.org after your attempt. Focus on the areas you were weaker in and read/watch the materials. These should help you catch and learn the concepts you may have missed.
- Revisit the tips in my post How To Pass The Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Assessment From Scrum.org. Ensure you follow the advice here, especially regarding the practice assessments
- Strongly consider attending a Scrum.org Professional Scrum Master course Learning in a facilitated environment with an experienced Trainer and others in a similar position will help you learn a significant amount in a short time. A great lower cost alternative to this would be to take our Simple Guide To Scrum Video Course. This covers the same content and allows you to learn at your own pace and at a lower cost.
- Re-read the Scrum Guide and get more familiar with it. This is the primary source of all answers for the assessment
- Take our Ultimate Scrum Master I (PSM I) Practice Assessment. This offers 400+ questions and is the best and most comprehensive practice assessment available anywhere. It is 5-star rated, has been used by thousands of people and will make a huge difference in the probability of a pass with your next attempt.
- Read Scrum – A Pocket Guide by Gunther Verheyen (paid link). This book will boost your chances of a pass significantly.
Be bold and go for it again sooner rather than later. You will have learnt a lot from your first attempt so if you follow the steps above you should be in a good position to pass.
I hope this information will help you to pass. Let me know how you get on via the comments below. Good luck!
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