I passed the PSM Exam! Here’s How I Did It!

Last post 01:59 am September 23, 2019
by Martin Premont
9 replies
06:35 pm July 15, 2019

Hello Community,

I recently passed the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) exam. I want to share my experience and the list of resources I used to study. As most people know, you have 60 minutes to answer 80 questions and obtain 85% to pass. You will NOT have time to Google. You must pay attention to the wording (should, attend, participate, NOT) and how the questions are formulated. Also have a pen and paper ready to mark the questions for review.  

Here’s How I Did It!

Part 1Reading Materials:

Scrum Guide- every day for 4 weeks

Nexus Guide

Scrum Forum: https://www.scrum.org/forum/scrum-forum

Glossaries: Scrum Glossary, Professional Scrum Developer glossary

Barry Overeem blogs: https://www.barryovereem.com/the-scrum-master-as-a-facilitator/  and


Scrum Master Learning Path:  https://www.scrum.org/index.php/pathway/scrum-master (click on the arrow on the left to see the full menus)

Read about: Velocity, Scaling, Capacity, Leadership, Facilitation, Scrums of Scrums, Impediments, Servant Leader…  


Part 2  – YouTube:

Subscribe to the following channels and watch the videos:

Scrum.org’s channel

Agile Training Videos with Sally Elatta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQrsVfjbQZ4&list=PL03E1B79402FD4A8D

Agile Simulation:


OpenViewVenture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxcNVrwkroU&list=PU5QekxPGzFFordHwXGpbvIw

Jack Notarangelo:


iZenBridge Consultancy Pvt Ltd:




What is Scrum: An Introduction to the Scrum Framework?:


Mr. Mars Hawking: I read aloud The Scrum Guide (Agile) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA1rCq_ZZmA

Ajeet S. D. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAOTrBsJsoU&list=PLJU_WTBl9dQk3S0wvbnChleHdnqmFaLNJ

The Sustainable PM: Project Management: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=The+Sustainable+PM%3A+Project+Management

How To Scale Scrum for Large Software Teams | The Nexus Framework from Scrum.org: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuc3NPsL844


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n2Res_9c8w&list=PL0zOJ3MNgNgfSCM5a5JM6a3S4-tdM_vqM (not fully accurate so validate with the Scrum Guide)

Avoid Simplilearn – The video is outdated


Part 3 – Training on Lynda.com

  • Characteristics of a Great Scrum Master
  • Agile Software Development
  • Cert Prep: Certified Scrum Master
  • Cert Prep: PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®
  • Agile Software Development: Scrum for Developers
  • Learning Jira Software 7.5-7.9
  • Scrum: Advanced
  • See my LinkedIn profile for the full list

Notable Trainers & People:

Kelley OConnell, Chris Croft, Doug Rose, Ken Schwaber and Eric Naiburg’

Michael Cohen’s blogs: https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog

Part 4  – Practice-mock tests- Assessments

Scrum Open: until I got 100% within a 10mins

Scrum Developer Open

Nexus Open

Product Owner Open

#1 Mikhail Lapshin: https://mlapshin.com/index.php/scrum-quizzes/

I took all the quizzes in LM and RM several times. I also read the explanations on the”Scrum Questions” page.

Whizlabs: https://www.whizlabs.com/professional-scrum-master-i/   (Free assessment only)

Volkerdon: https://www.volkerdon.com/users/checkout/auth (Free assessment only)



Product owner (1 person): OWNS the product backlog (might let Dev Team update...at his/her discretion)

Development Team: OWNS the Sprint backlog and creates the increments

Daily Scrum: Development Team does not have to answer the 3 questions ( Per the Guide: The structure of the meeting is set by the Development Team and can be conducted in different ways if it focuses on progress toward the Sprint Goal. Some Development Teams will use questions, some will be more discussion based. Here is an example of what might be used)

Scrum Master: Facilitates, Coaches, Serves, Serves and Serves, does not babysit!

Numbers: 3 roles, 4 events, 3 pillars, 3 artifacts, 5 values, 3-9 (Optimal Dev Team’s size)

Caution + Tips:

TIME: You must manage your time. That means answer the questions as quickly as possible- don’t ponder or daydream. If you can’t answer a question within a few seconds, mark it and move on.

Free assessments are great but the language/grammar can be confusing. So always validate with the Scrum Guide.


If after reading, watching, you still don’t get it… Check these out


Please don’t be that guy 


Good luck!


10:20 pm July 20, 2019

Thank you very much for your post

08:37 am July 24, 2019

Congratulations Beatrice, this post is really valuable to those that are wishing to pass their PSM exam.

08:52 am July 24, 2019

Hi Beatrice,

Thank you for your such valuable advice and detailed plan for cracking this exam. I followed it and passed today PSM1 exam with amazing score 97.5%. I would like to express my deep gratitude for your instruction sharing!



10:27 pm July 25, 2019

Great advice. I just started preparation, will follow your plan.

09:19 pm July 28, 2019

@Roman Kopachev: Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!

Thank you all I hope this helps! 

Off to a new life! 


03:02 pm August 16, 2019

Thanks Beatrice!


Am following your path also in detail! Hoping to pass PSM 1 soon!

07:06 pm August 23, 2019


Thank you so much for this great effort!

I'll be following your plan and will share this with others planning on taking the exam.


11:22 pm September 20, 2019

I just passed too! Thank you for the advice, it was helpful!! 

01:59 am September 23, 2019

Congrats!!    That's a lot of material!    I would say I'm half the resources you used so far but If you read on here most people just used the Scrum Guide!!! For the questions in the exam do they mention chose 2, or chose 3 etc... ?   I've notices on the open assessment they mention how many answers you must select, if you go on some online tests like Mikhail Lapshin it has a mix of both some questions just have the square boxes and some mentions how many you need to check which is much much easier.