Passed PSM 1 exam

Last post 06:59 pm September 5, 2017
by Ambrozie Fechet
14 replies
03:53 pm July 16, 2014

I have cleared PSM 1 assessment. Thanks to all for there help on the forum

03:47 am July 22, 2014

Congratulation, I desperately did the exam 3 times and I’m failing at 72.5 at most
Could you please help me with a couple of questions?


11:36 am July 22, 2014

Yes sure @mas. please let me know what are your questions and i will surely try t answer them.

01:45 pm July 22, 2014

Thats twelve questions or fifteen percent of the exam, not five at six percent.
Were stepping the boundaries of a few questions into several into many beyond that.
The idea from the feedback you get is that you go away and research it? don't give you the answer for that reason so the exam retains value.
A good SM should coach a good potential SM should study.

My advice is look at the feedback from, research it and re sit the exam.
You have to sit the exam and have areas to study where you are weak.
Question sets are not the same so irrespective of what answers are given here, if you don't know
the subject there is no guarantee a fourth attempt will gain success.
If you sat a fourth and used the answers here and failed would feel even worse.
Feedback is given to improve not just copy and paste for someone else to answer.
Remember its a SM so look beyond just copy and paste, no one said it would be easy.


02:30 pm July 22, 2014

I agree with Michael , youre not prepping enough if your getting 72% , i failed at 82.5% and I KNOW it was because i didn't prep nearly enough.

09:56 pm August 1, 2014

It's tempting to take the strategy of looking at all the PSM I Exam stuff in this forum. But I would suggest you search on your weak areas in the forums. For example, if you're not sure about Sprint Reviews, read up on them.

I haven't taken my PSM I exam yet, but plan to soon.

09:32 am October 6, 2014


Please let me know how different are these questions when compared to open assessment questions.


10:00 am October 6, 2014

From my point of view, the questions are a little bit harder than the open assessment, and you have 80 and not only 30 questions, so it needs more focus.
The open assessment is a very good training for the PSM I.
You have to be very easy with the open assessment before taking PSM I.

02:42 pm February 5, 2016

Thanks all for your reply . i plan to pass the PSM 1 assessment . i passed Open Assessment easily . Any advice will be welcome

10:36 pm February 5, 2016


Use the scrum open to understand the test format. But, it is intended to test just the bssic knowledge and hence can't be considered to reflect the diffcilty level of psm.

If you only focus on practing and paaing the assessment, be aware that you may be mislead by many paid simulation tests on the market.

Have a genuine interest in learning about Scrum, follow the conversation in this forum, and understand why something is most appropriate choice in a given situation.

Couple of good sources to use, in addition to scrum guide and this forum:

-Scrum Narrative and psm exam guide
- Michael Lapshin simulation tests

Hope this helps

11:08 am February 7, 2016

main advice : read several times and carefully the Scrum Guide :-)

04:33 pm February 9, 2016

Mock test at by Lapshin is also a useful resource.

I did it several times before the real assessment.

05:58 pm August 11, 2017


I failed my exam third time too and i feel very depressed and annoyed. Whenever i took open assesment and mkhlain real mode, I scored decent but it seems real exam asks you some real scenrario questions plus I was spending way too much time on each question


i would appreciate any tips or suggestions.




03:34 pm August 13, 2017

Hello Parul, 

PSM exam is not just about questions you will find everywhere. From my expereince, it's more about the scrum framework than the real world implementtation in various organizations which many a times get customized.

Here is what I did to pass PSM 1 in 1st attempt with 99%.

1. Read through the Scrum guide a few times - To understand the real framework, terms and terminologies.

2. 30 Question Open assessment - Multiple times until you get 100% consistently (once just before attempting the exam)

3. mlapshin free quiz - couple of times using learning mode to understand each question and its answer. Then in real mode few times until I got above 95% consistently (once just before attempting the exam)

4. mplaza simulation exams - 3 separate sets of exams. Got through this along with understanding the questions and the answers carefully. Took time. Gave all three sets until I got above 95% consistently. (once just before attempting the exam)

5. Spent more time to understand questions and topics which require multiple answers to be selected.

Finally, try to keep up with the pace while practice tests. You should be able to complete each full length practice test within 20-25 mins. The reason is that, on the actual exam - you may feel time is running out.

In my opinion, do not lose hope if you really want to do PSM. Practice the simulations as much as you can once you feel REAL confident, then only attemp the exam. One caution as well - there are few basic Scrum related questions you wouldn't find on these simulations or in the scrum guide I believe but I may be wrong. 

Good Luck!


11:49 pm September 4, 2017

I successfully passed today on my first try the PSM I exam.

I found some questions much more difficult than the Open assessment and a little more difficult than the simulator questions in:

I strongly recommend the MPlaza Simulator (obviously after a deep understanding of the Scrum Guide) for a final validation before the exam (you must have 95% or more before scheduling the exam).

Ambrozie Fechet