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Study Tips for the PSM I
Last Post 12 Apr 2014 12:06 AM by Charlie. 16 Replies.
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Charles Bradley
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18 Jan 2013 12:59 PM
    I feel like we need a thread for the study tips for the PSM I.

    So, here are some links that should help folks prepare:

    http://scrumorakel.de/blog/index.ph...ments.html

    http://blog.rueedlinger.ch/2011/04/...r-i-psm-i/

    http://www.webgateinternational.com...ssessment/

    I hope others will add more links and study tips.
    Charles Bradley
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    21 Jan 2013 02:42 AM
    Here is a pretty good one form a non-native English speaker:
    http://getscrum.com/2013/01/01/how-...-psm-test/
    AARTI SRINIVASAN
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    25 Jan 2013 11:59 AM
    Hi.. Just thought I would share a few thoughts.. Here's my blog on how to study for PSM1 by self study..

    http://psm1-for-dummies.blogspot.ca/
    TTcrockeTT
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    28 Jan 2013 07:05 PM
    Thanks for this guys, we just had a class go through. I expect that they all will be taking the test soon.
    Saravanan
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    29 Jan 2013 05:36 AM
    Hi,

    Would a course material be shared on registering for the PSM-I assessment? OR is it purely based on scrum-guide/experiance/classroom courses?

    Thanks
    Charles Bradley
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    29 Jan 2013 09:49 AM
    Saravan,

    It is based primarily on the Scrum Guide, but also includes a few experience questions too, and no course materials will be shared upon registering for the PSM I assessment.

    Remember, as said in the links above, if you're consistently making 100% on the Scrum Open, then you have a really great chance of passing the PSM I. Remember that the PSM I has fewer minutes(per question, if you average it out) as the Scrum Open. I encourage you to take it, and also remember that you can re-take the exam if you need to (though you do have to pay $100 for each attempt)
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    13 Feb 2013 09:59 AM
    Hi Everyone,

    I just passed PSM I today by self study.

    In addition to all resources already mentioned, I also found the following to be very very useful.

    http://www.pluralsight.com/training...ndamentals

    The course is Scrum Fundamentals authored by David Starr.

    Unfortunately Pluralsight does charge $29 a month for membership, but on the whole I've found that the quality of their library of courses to be worth the investment. The minimum commitment is just a single month.

    I don't work for the company or have any other connection, I've just found it to be a great resource.

    Hope that helps.
    Ian Mitchell
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    14 Nov 2013 05:36 AM
    Candidates taking either of the PSM exams should be aware that the Scrum Guide is of central importance, because it is *the* definitive expression of the framework. The words in the Guide have been chosen carefully. It's only a short document, but it's important to know it pretty much "inside out" before taking the exam. There's a deep meaning to the sentences, and there's usually a reason for why they are written the way they are. You should know not only *what* it says, but also *why* it says it.

    Also, don't take the exam until you can consistently score 100% on the Open Assessment. For each question, you should not only be able to determine *which* answer is the best, but also *why* the others are wrong or less desirable as options.
    Ashwini Rungta
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    25 Nov 2013 10:13 AM
    Hi

    Thanks for the tips and reference sites. It was a helpful to clear PSM I.
    Tran Anh Tuan
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    13 Dec 2013 03:52 AM
    I found video clips in http://www.scrumtrainingseries.com/ help me much on understanding Scrum in action.
    Charles Bradley
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    08 Jan 2014 02:13 PM
    Tran and others, (see post above this one)

    I would recommend against using the link you mentioned. I watch some of the videos, and the terminology used there is very out of date and inconsistent with the Scrum Guide and how we talk about Scrum at Scrum.org. As such, it will probably confuse people way more than help them to pass the PSM I.
    Patralekh
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    31 Mar 2014 01:13 PM
    Hi,

    I have been acting as a Scrum Master from sometime now. I tried the open assessment and have scored 100% but somehow I feel the questions in the assessment were TOO SIMPLE to be asked in PSM 1 assessment. Can someone comment on that?

    What other material should I go through before taking a PSM 1 assessment?

    Are there any preparatory test series available that I can use to assure (or have better chances) that I can clear PSM 1?

    Last but one of the most important things - I am not able to find the test centers??? I see the assessment will be online but I am not able to find the test centers and how to book my slot?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks & Regards
    michael
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    01 Apr 2014 11:50 AM

    Patralekh

    You have to keep in mind that the questions in the open test "basic scrum knowledge" PSM is different.
    Many people will point out you must know the scrum guide very well according to the guide and be able to expand that guide at any point.
    People say use the open as a guide and are correct, if you cant hit 100% in the basic then your chances of passing PSM will be low. The test center for exams is at your own PC where ever you want.
    If you take a course normally get one shot at the exam. That comes in the form of a voucher to use and has a two week limit on taking the exam.
    If you didn't attend a course you can register and you normally receive a code within 24 hours, again this has a two week expiry on it. remember 80 questions in 60 minutes so you should know the guide inside out.
    Good luck.

    Michael
    Charles Bradley
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    02 Apr 2014 12:05 AM
    Another good article on studying for the PSM 1:

    http://webgate.ltd.uk/2012/03/how-t...ssessment/
    Patralekh
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    03 Apr 2014 12:02 PM
    Thanks Michael and Charles :)
    Charles Bradley
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    06 Apr 2014 03:59 PM
    One additional tip, in addition to the good ones above -- definitely make sure you know your Scrum Guide backward and forward. The guide changed significantly in 2011 and 2013, so make sure you are up to date with the *very latest* Scrum Guide. Scrum Guide here:
    https://www.scrum.org/Scrum-Guide
    Charlie
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    12 Apr 2014 12:06 AM
    Hey all! I just passed the PSM1 assessment (on my 2nd try) 88.8%; I scored an 80% on my first try. I only used online resources and didn't take a course.

    The resources in this thread helped A TON!!! So a big "Thanks!" to you all who contributed!
    Another thing I did was just sift through the entire forum archives for questions that previous users have asked. This also helped me a lot!

    2 resources I don't think are listed in this thread that I also used:

    +"Scrum Training Series" Videos by Micheal James - http://scrumtrainingseries.com/
    I watched these almost 3 times in a row before attempting the exam. The videos are cheesy, but they really helped me to solidify my understanding of the Scrum Framework. Send him a tweet and a follow after you're done!

    +"Scrum Training Manual" - http://mgmtplaza.com/downloads/Scru...Manual.pdf

    Read the Scrum Guide several times too!
    ***And Google whatever you don't know***
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