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Missed PSD with 80% while needed 85%

Last post 04:09 am May 31, 2021 by Tiago Luz da Silva
13 replies
09:30 pm February 20, 2015

Just missed the PSD, I was just needing 5%.

Already got my PSM and could use this knowledge the last 6 months, so I thought it was time to pass the PSD.

I used the material found in the forums and the books mentioned on the site.

Kind regards,

03:44 am March 11, 2015

Did you asked for feedback? Scrum support may hae a look on your results and give you some feedback where to invest more time for study

07:30 am April 1, 2015

Having 4 years experience in Scrum, taking a class, studying for this exam and still failing the exam makes one wonder if this is a scam to make money on the tests. The open assessment is designed to lure you into thinking you are ready. Once in the actual exam, you quickly learn that the questions are ambiguous and more difficult than what you get on the open exam. I would not recommend my colleagues, business partners, or anyone take any of these exams. It was easier passing the FAA Commercial Pilot and Microsoft Solutions Developer exams than this test. If you want people to adopt Agile, try building a reasonable test.

You are correct that the end of the test provides no valuable feedback on where you went wrong. They don't want you to see the questions you missed. Further indication they want to keep you guessing and testing.

06:19 am April 2, 2015

I have some comments from PSM, although passed:
1. I received feedback from suport and found out which exactly qestions were wrong as I had doubts in 2 cases.
2. Based on it in depth analysis, experience and logic I presume that still 2 of 4 marked as incorrect are correct. Await for concreto answer on that for the moment they are considered.
3. Also rised the issue of misleading level of open assessment on the forum and support.

03:25 pm April 2, 2015

Hello Romuald and congratulations again on passing the PSM I assessment and earning your PSM I certification. We're sorry to learn of any negative impressions that you may have been left with. We would like to clarify a few points in which it seems that some level of possible confusion may exist or arise.

1. I received feedback from suport and found out which exactly qestions were wrong as I had doubts in 2 cases.

>Please note that we do not provide exact PSM I questions and answers to assessment takers. Instead, feedback was provided on specific topics where questions were answered incorrectly during the assessment session. This was to help identify areas where there is room for improvement, not to identify specific assessment question content.

2. Based on it in depth analysis, experience and logic I presume that still 2 of 4 marked as incorrect are correct. Await for concreto answer on that for the moment they are considered.

>There were no questions on this assessment session which were answered correctly but marked incorrectly. To confirm, all 4 questions marked incorrectly on this assessment session were answered incorrectly. We do appreciate the input and we have reviewed the feedback that you provided for our consideration. We can confirm that the current assessment questions and answers are indeed correct, and that no changes to the assessment content are required.

3. Also rised the issue of misleading level of open assessment on the forum and support.

>The PSM I assessment is indeed more difficult than the Scrum Open assessment. This is not intended to be misleading and we do strive to make this transparent in our descriptions of these assessments on our website. To be clear, The Scrum Open is a free assessment of basic Scrum knowledge and can be used as a learning tool when preparing for our Professional-level Scrum assessments. Passing the Scrum Open assessment is an indication that you are aware of some of the basics of Scrum. A consistent high score (95% or above) is an indication that you understand many of the basics of Scrum, and that you may be ready to deepen your knowledge and prepare for the more challenging professional-level assessments. The Scrum Open assessment is but one of our many, recommended preparation and learning steps provided here:

The PSM I assesses an intermediate understanding of the Scrum framework. Earning certification in this professional-level assessment displays a dedication to continued professional development, and a high level of commitment to the field of practice. The PSM I assessment is grounded in the most recent version of the English Scrum Guide, but the questions are quite difficult. If you have been using other resources to study, the material may not necessarily be in line with the official source of Scrum. Furthermore, parts of the assessment may ask the taker to think about or interpret the meaning from the Scrum Guide, or in some cases, apply their own experience.

10:54 am May 14, 2021

Just never give up trying. I think you can do this next time. Just believe in this.

11:10 am May 14, 2021

Struggling to pass PSD ! tried 5 times.

Any help and tips will be highly appreciated.

What is your background, experience and what have you done to study for this subject? 

11:41 am May 14, 2021

PSD is all about complimentary development practices with focus on DevOps, quality, Agile engineering practices etc.

Having technical development experience is important.

Areas to focus on:

  • Quality and Testing practices
  • Development practices
  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery
  • Metrics of code quality
  • Emergent architectures

I found the Developer learning path to be helpful: Software Developer Learning PathIf you already have a solid Scrum foundation (PSM, PSPO), consider focusing on Developing and Delivering Products Professionally section.

The PSD subject areas recommended reading is also great (though extensive). Clean Code (by Uncle Bob) is an oldie but goodie.

You got this!

07:47 pm May 14, 2021

I need help on 

  1. Documentation 
  2. Cross functional Team.

These 2 I score low among others.

As you have already passed the PSM1 exam, you should already have foundational knowledge on cross-functional teams, and you should also be aware of what the Agile Manifesto states about documentation. 

As you know, after taking an exam you receive an email containing a list of areas that were covered in the exam and what percentage you achieved in each of them.  These subject areas are hyperlinked to specific page within this site. 

If you go to the certification section within your profile for this site, you will see similar information. 


"PSD Subject area" and "Software Developer Learning Path" is very vague

I don't see how these resources can be vague, as I have found them very useful study aids for all of the exams I have passed so far. 


08:33 pm May 16, 2021


I took my PSM 1 today, but failed with 83%. It was just one question that made the difference.

Haven't lost the hope. Yet, I do not know what to do differently next time. Please help me with your valuable suggestions.

I completed a psm 1 certification course and took several open tests, all above 95%, that too within 7 to 8 mins.





03:50 am May 18, 2021

If you're scoring less than 100% on the open assessments, and it's taking you more than 2 or 3 minutes to complete them, there's something right there which you can work on and do differently.

05:05 pm May 29, 2021

Unfortunately I have failed to pass 2 times till now, i passed open assessments with 100% , Studied The Guide And Too Many Other Resources

Questions Are Very Ambiguous And You Have No Time To Think 80 Questions / 60 Mins, Even I Completed 2 Courses And Many Questions Kits, But Exam Always Came With Weird Questions

If Any One Have Any Think To Help It Will Be Appreciated 

06:44 pm May 30, 2021

@Elhassan, looking at your results, you did not take any course, so not sure what 2 courses you attended, but if their content was not correct that could be part of your problem. Focus on the Prepare for the Assessment section on

04:09 am May 31, 2021

Hello guys. Very honest and sincere reply ... 

First of all, this test is not easy, and you will not pass if you have no experience and/or knowledge on all learning paths. I have 20 years of experience on software industry and I passed the exam on the first try with 95% score. And, being honest, I studied a lot ...

I wrote about my journey to PSK in the following post (it is in PT-BR, you can translate it to english with google translator), and it is almost the same journey to take the PSD and pass, without considering, of course, the specific contents of each of the tests. Take a look at my tips ;)

There are some points you must pay attention. This test is about good development and devops practices in a context of Scrum and Agile, not about technologies. You can be a Java / Python expert, for example, but, it really doesn't matter for this test. You can also be a Kubernetes and Linux gold medalist, mas it also doesn't matter. 

The point is that this test is all about good practices on a Scrum context. How can you deliver often and early working software? What practices can improve your team collaboration and software quality? Why automation and testing are so important? What is continuous delivery, continuous deploy, continuous integration? Why should I use version control software (like git and cvs) and Its branches?  

Forget about "how to setup a job on jenkins" and focus on "why should I automate deployment with jenkins". What are the pros and cons? 

The test (at least the questions in my test) has no ambiguous questions or pitfalls ... if you believe you have encountered any of these cases, consider submitting them to support, they are very receptive and open. However, I suggest that you consider that the content of the test may not yet be completely clear to you, or, discuss the issues you disagree with with a more experienced friend or colleague, seek other opinions (including here on this forum). Remember not to share prints or the original text of the question, but share the subject that I am sure the community will answer you helpfully. 

Anyway, keep going and don't give up. Keep learning and reading and try again when you feel confident. Good luck!

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