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Last post 08:37 am October 21, 2014 by Senthilkumar Ramasamy
7 replies
08:37 am August 18, 2014


I recently appeared for the PSM 1 certification and was not able to clear... Planning another attempt in the near future.. Can any one pls help me with the weightage each of the below mentioned subject areas in the PSM 1 certification hold ??

Scrum Framework - ??
Scrum Theory and Principles - ??
Cross-functional, self-organizing Teams - ??
Coaching & Facilitation - ??

Will help me in improving my the required areas accordingly ...


11:52 am August 18, 2014

Hello Natraj,

We are sorry to learn you were unable to achieve a passing score on your first attempt at the PSM I assessment. We feel focusing your efforts on fostering a more complete understanding of the Scrum practices and mindset is more important than knowing the weight of each category and finding the quickest route to a passing grade.

The best way to approach this would be to study all of the categories in which your percentage was less than 85%. Resources to help you study can be found here:…

03:15 am August 19, 2014

Thanks for the reply... Yes the idea is to get the focus on all the subject areas .. but still there are many other individuals from our organization who will be appearing for the PSM 1 certification... This could be an added benefit towards the preparation if this can communicated... LOoking forward to the breakdown on the subject areas ....

04:55 pm August 19, 2014

Hello Natraj,

While each subject area has a different number of questions, all questions have an equal point value. The best way for your colleagues to approach the PSM I assessment would be to follow as many steps as possible on:

For your colleagues whose native language is not English, we suggest that they first study the Scrum Guide in their native language to maximize their understanding of the Scrum framework. Once they feel confident in their knowledge, they should then review the English version of the guide to become more familiar with the vocabulary and other terms which may be seen on the assessment. The practice Open Assessments (available here: are a great way to evaluate one's comprehension. Those who are able to consistently score 95% or higher on the Open Assessments are usually ready to attempt the professional-level assessment.

I hope this helps. If you have any further inquiries on this matter, please feel free to email us at

10:25 am September 16, 2014

There are 5 subject areas.
1. The Scrum Framework
2. Scrum Theory and Principles
3. Cross-functional, Self-organizing Teams
4. Coaching and Facilitation
5. Scrum at Large

I found that Scrum Guide is covering the 1st subject only, may be little bit on other subjects.
For all subjects, suggests 3 books for each subject.

My question is
Do we need to read all those books (atleast 1 for each subject) before trying the assessment?
Is there any 1 single book which covers all those 5 subjects?


10:05 am October 9, 2014

I haven't got any response for my question, can somebody help?
I am not able to decide whether I should go for the assessment now or later after studying some more.

What I have done.
1. Reading Scrum Guide 2 times,
2. Reading Scrum Training Manual from Mgmt Plaza,
3. Reading Scrum Training Series Videos,
4. Did open assessment on PSM (multiple times, got 100% 2 times),
5. Did open assessment on Developer (2 times, will continue)
6. Reading forum,
7. Reading resources,
8. Reading other online resources.

What else should i do before attempting to assessment?

My concerns/questions are...
1. I don't have practical experience, so how do i prepare myself to answer situation based questions
2. Out of 5 subject areas, i believe scrum guide is not covering all 5 areas, which book/material should i read for other topics like
3. Cross-functional, Self-organizing Teams
4. Coaching and Facilitation
5. Scrum at Large


10:29 am October 16, 2014

Hi Senthil,

I think the Scrum Guide does cover all 5 subject areas, although you can't just split it into the areas by pages.

I don't think you have to gather more knowledge sources. What really matters is how deeply you study the Scrum Guide and your other sources. Try to figure out, why the Scrum Guide formulates each sentence like it does. This can not only improve your score but can also improve your understanding and your ability to transfer your knowledge into practice.

08:37 am October 21, 2014

Thanks Anke, Will do the same.

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