How to pass Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) certification test in #6 steps

Hello team.

As I promised, follows below some tips to succeed in PSM I test – the Professional Scrum Master certification provided by Scrum.org.

It worked for me and now I am sharing with you! So, let’s start!

Step #1 – Read the Scrum guide in your native language. This step is important to guarantee you certainly understand all the knowledge existent in the Scrum guide.

Step #2 – Practice these learnings in your daily projects. In this step you will be consolidating what you got on the first step. If you could not apply the learnings, at least try to imagine how you would use them in your company, and what kind of challenges you would need to solve. For example, imagine how you would explain the Development Team about self-management, focus and commitment to the sprint goal, and how the Product Owner should manage and prioritize the product backlog. As the test is focused in daily experiences with Scrum, this exercise will help you.

Step #3 – Read the U.S. English Scrum guide version. This step is important to make you feel comfortable with the terminology used in the test. Currently the test is applied only in English language.

Step #4 – Start to do the open assessment provided by Scrum.org. The PSM test questions are very similar to the open assessment questions. As the open assessment always show aleatory 30 questions, you will be well trained and will know more about the questions style. After achieving 95 points or more, you will be prepared to do the final test. Obs.: try to learn with your wrong answers. After the open assessment all the questions are discussed and revised.

Step #5 – Discuss the questions you answered wrongly in scrum community and forums, for example on the scrum.org forum.  This will make you contact with other people that already took the test and had the same doubts you have.

Step #6 – During the test don’t try to do online research about the questions. You have 80 questions to solve in 60 minutes, this kind of action will only get you late and nervous, and as the questions refer to daily decision, you will not find answers on Google. Believe me!

After this steps you will be more than prepared to pass PSM I – Professional Scrum Master Certification Test.

Edited (May/2015): If even after these points you does not feel prepared to do the Professional Scrum Master PSM I test, please check these article too: e-Learning Scrum Course for PSM I Test” and Professional Scrum Master I (PSM) Simulated Exam/Test Review“. It certainly will help you to get more confident and wiser to succeed on the PSM exam/test. 

Please, let me know how these steps worked for you and if you added more steps during your preparation.

I hope I could help you to pass in this test. If you have any doubts, please email me on eduardo.sucena@getscrum.com.

Success, Peace and Hugs.

PSM - Professional Scrum Master I - Certificate - Eduardo Rodrigues Sucena

Posted on January 1, 2013, in Artigos, CSM, Professional Scrum Master, Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Exam Preparation Material and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. I’ve had three of my CSM students go on to take the PSM I test and all did fine, so I suppose another option would be to take a CSM class from an instructor who uses tests in his class to make sure you’re getting it. I have a study aide anyone can use for free at http://ScrumTrainingSeries.com . The cartoons are in English only, but the words are displayed and non-native English speakers can go at their own pace on the quizzes.

  2. One point I forgot to mention: the PSM II test was quite a bit harder than PSM I last time I checked. I managed it, but one of my participants (from India, not completely familiar with US English) failed it. He said unfortunately there was not much feedback from that test about what to improve upon. You kinda have to get inside Ken Schwaber’s mind to know what he’s looking for on the PSM II.

  3. I wouldn’t recommend taking any old CSM course to help you pass PSM I. Every CST essentially creates his own courseware, and some of them are not that consistent with the Scrum.org view of Scrum. Maybe Michael’s is, but not everyones will be.

    Obviously the Scrum.org courses (Professional Scrum Foundations and Professional Scrum Master — both of which I teach) are very geared towards the Scrum.org view and assessments. If you’re looking for training to help you pass PSM I, then I’d recommend taking a Scrum.org course.

    If you’re looking to go the “self-study” route like Eduardo did, then I think his plan above was a pretty good one.

    More PSM I study tips here: https://www.scrum.org/Forums/aft/264

  4. Eduardo, vejo vários cursos “Certified Scrum Master” aqui no Brasil, mas nada do “Professional Scrum Master” do scrum.org… aliás, nem falam do Brasil na página de cursos, no site. Como faço o PSM por aqui? Obrigado, abraço

    • Olá Christian! Para fazer a prova PSM não é obrigatório ter realizado treinamento em escolas afiliadas à Scrum.org. Mas se vc quiser, em Sao Paulo conheço duas: Lambda3.com.br e a Programmers.com.br. Uma outra escola que também recomendo é a KaSolution.com.br, onde ministro treinamento de Gestão Ágil de Projetos com Scrum. Nesse treinamento abordamos temas do dia-a-dia de nossos projetos de software e comentamos sobre como isso é abordado na prova PSM. Espero ter ajudado. Precisando de algo, por favor, não hesite em entrar em contato.

  5. Olá Eduardo!

    Ler seu artigo me deixou mais tranquilo a respeito da minha preparação para o exame do PSM I.

    Acabei montando uma pequena variação, onde pulei o passo 1 e decidi ler o Scrum Guide direto em inglês. Foi tranquilo, uma vez que material técnico quase sempre é obtido em inglês mesmo.

    Como estou no meio de um processo de implantação de Scrum na empresa em que trabalho, praticar o que estava lendo foi bastante automático (passo 2) e já no passo 5, ao invés de discutir no forum, acabei discutindo as questões do simulado e o material que lia com meus próprios colegas de trabalho.

    Esta discussão foi curiosa, pois muitos deles são certificados CSM e pudemos trocar opiniões.

    Quanto ao simulado (passo 4), eu me guiei pelo simulado do Scrum Open, pelo simulado do site testetakeronline.com e por um aplicativo para Android chamado CSM Exam Certification, que simula as perguntas feitas no final do curso da Scrum Aliance. Estas 3 fontes me deram a segurança de que estava com uma base sólida sob meus pés.

    Embora eu já “flertasse” com o scrum a uns 2 anos, lendo um artigo aqui e outro ali, meu tempo de preparo efetivo para o exame foi de 20 dias.

    Passei na certificação na primeira tentativa, com 92% de acerto. O ponto curioso é que terminei a prova em 40 minutos, o que me deixava com 20 minutos livres para confirmar algumas respostas na internet e ai vem o seu passo 6… ao tentar confirmar as respostas on-line, só encontrava material confuso e preferi confiar no meu próprio taco.

    Além disso, um aplicativo para andrioid chamado “Scrum Guide” (nome óbvio) contendo uma versão digital navegável do scrum guide atualizado (em inglês) se tornou meu melhor amigo nesse tempo de preparo para o exame.

    Pois é, essa foi a minha história. Obrigado pelo seu artigo, foi muito útil e muito agradável de ler.

  6. Vc conhecem o siste http://www.iheadgo.com ?
    Tem ótimos simulados PMP, ITIL..e em portugues.

  7. I found that studying the Scrum Guide extensively was key. I also have some free sample questions on my site for a couple of the more tricky questions. If you take my full practice exam a few times with the Scrum Guide open, then take it for real until you get a 95%, you should feel confident you can get an 85% on the real exam from Scrum.org.

    http://agileprojectmanagementtraining.com/agile-exam-resources/

  8. Hey Eduardo, I have cleared PSM-1 in Oct 2014. Can you tell me where do we get the e-copy of the certificate?

    Thanks for your article on frequently asked questions, it was very much useful.

    Regards

  9. Hello team! I wrote a review about Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Simulated Exam.

    The link is: http://getscrum.com/2015/05/28/psm-i-simulated-exam-review/ .

    I hope you enjoy it.

    Hugs and Peace for all.

  10. Every week I receive at least one email asking me to give some extra advices to help people passing on PSM I Certification, besides the tips I already gave on my article “How to pass Professional Scrum Master I (PSM) certification test in #6 steps”.

    After answered a lot of those emails I decided to look for a more complete solution on internet to help the GetScrum.com readers.

    The first solution I found in my searches was The Management Plaza PSM I Simulated Exams.

    So I evaluated it and I wrote my conclusion in this article:

    Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) Simulated Exam
    http://getscrum.com/2015/05/28/psm-i-simulated-exam-review/

    I hope you enjoy!

  11. É incrível como a cada passo que leio a respeito do SCRUM, acabo vendo o quanto consigo utilizá-lo no dia a dia de desenvolvimento de Games. As Dicas do artigo também são de grande valia.

  12. This article is very simple to read. I´m following the steps and I´m almost passing on the simulated. Thank you for answer my emails!

  13. Excelente artigo Eduardo, simples e útil.

    Obrigado

  14. Rafael A. Alves

    Vejo o scrum como a metodologia mais indicada para projetos onde as mudancas são constantes, projetos onde os escopos são dinâmicos e flexíveis, projetos que construirão o futuro. Estou surpreso com o artigo e conteúdo do site. Parabéns!!!

  15. Rondinele Lucindo Lima Da Silva

    The most important is how you keep the comunication, when the people understod the importancy of your job and how this change every thing is possible explain step by step of the solution to te project, the secret is not have secrets independent of the person and the position all team need to have clear the goals.

  16. Muito bom o artigo!!! São dicas importantes para aqueles no processo de entrar para o nosso mundo do Scrum!! Não importa a entidade(Scrum Alliance ou Scrum.org) o mais importante é sair com um aprendizado onde se valoriza as interações, o foco e coloboração. Parabéns e excelente trabalho!

  17. Parabéns Edu!
    Excelente guia para todos da comunidade que pretendem tirar sua certificação.
    Abs Mestre.

  18. Excelente post, muito intuitivo e claro para um certificação tão importante! Estou me preparando para essa certificação e acredito que vai me ajudar bastante!

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