I passed the PSM Exam! Here’s How I Did It!
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 1 – Reading Materials:
Scrum Guide- every day for 4 weeks
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:
Agile Training Videos with Sally Elatta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQrsVfjbQZ4&list=PL03E1B79402FD4A8D
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
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Avoid Simplilearn – The video is outdated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
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
Thank you very much for your post
Congratulations Beatrice, this post is really valuable to those that are wishing to pass their PSM exam.
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!
Great advice. I just started preparation, will follow your plan.
@Roman Kopachev: Congratulations! I'm so happy for you!
Thank you all I hope this helps!
Off to a new life!
Am following your path also in detail! Hoping to pass PSM 1 soon!
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.
I just passed too! Thank you for the advice, it was helpful!!
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.
Hi Beatrice, thanks a lot for sharing these articles, webs, YT channels and so on. It helped me a lot passing the exam!
Thanks Beatrice for sharing. I took the PSM 1 two days workshop last week and been studying for a week after that. Passed with score 88.8% at the first attempt today. Thanks so much! Gonna pursue PSM 2 a few months later. Good luck everyone :)
Thank you very much for your advice and recommendations, because I do not know how to write an exam. After all, I can't even write my literature review. That's why I'm turning to for help. They are real professionals who help me quickly and efficiently. But on the exam, I do not think that they will help me. So your tips were very helpful. I will try to follow them and use all the sources you have advised.
Thanks a lot for sharing your own learning path. I am nervous, but I will do my best effort in my first attempt.
I have been studying the Scrum Guide and taking the assessments on Scrum.org. Overall I get between 90-100% on each test for the past week. I take the test three times a day after reading the Scrum Guide.
I feel very confident in the practice tests. My question is though are the practice questions the same as on the actual test or are they different questions that do not appear on the practice modules?
Hi Ashley, the questions on the assessment need a bit more reflection and expect all of them to be different.
Hello, Congratulations! Thanks for the advice and recommendations, I think that this will be useful to many people.
hello and congratulations!
did you find anything about the scaled scrum and/or have any questions about Nexus guide?
Hi! I was also able to pass the PSM-I exam this week. It is possible that there are 1 or 2 questions about Scaled Scrum, so it is interesting to read the Nexus Guide and do the Nexus Open Assessments as well.
Good luck and good performance!
Congratulations Breno. There are not Nexus questions on the test, however there are core Scrum questions like how many Product Owners if you have multiple teams working on the same product or how would you divide up a larger amount of people... These are pretty much core Scrum of course knowing Nexus may help, but is not required.