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Got my PSM 1, couple of tips

Last post 04:06 am November 18, 2015 by Andrew Lishomwa
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04:17 am October 14, 2015


Very pleased. I got the PSM 1 yesterday. Many thanks to people in the forum for providing pointers and tips.

The main things I found that helped me (over and above current experience as scrum master and the agile teams I've worked in) were:

1. Doing all of the open exams on the site and being sure I could get and understand 100% on each. Some questions especially on PO and Developer had a bearing on the SM exam

2. Used Mikhail Lapshin's excellent sample tests on

3. Read the SCRUM guide end to end a couple of times and referred to it while doing the sample tests in learning mode

4. Read SCRUM Mastery and online resources about coaching agile teams. Read the Scrum Study SBOK

Even with that some of the questions in the exam I had to refer to what had been done or I would to in real scenarios and think quite hard. The exam did actually make me think quite hard



09:27 am October 30, 2015

Based on many of the other posts in this forum, most of the 3rd party test sites are really bad as they ask totally bogus questions that reflect a complete misunderstanding of Scrum. They tend to lead people astray.

Having said that, there are some suspicious threads on this forum where people claim to be giving test studying advice but almost always throw in a reference to one of the 3rd party test prep sites that is positive. It's almost as if they are offering some financial (or otherwise) incentive for their customers to post those reviews. Seem very suspect to me.

I'm not against 3rd party prep sites per se, but I am against them spreading bad education/misinformation about Scrum.

Looking at Mikhail's sample test questions, they look pretty good to me, so maybe his site is an exception to this.

04:06 am November 18, 2015

Hi Charles,

Thanks for that, kind of gives me a validation of my view of Mikhail's sample tests. There were two questions where I disagreed but I think it was more a case of language rather than principles, for example daily scrum I did not feel was 'the' key inspect and adapt meeting, just 'a' meeting

Your discussion on studying was one I went through for my PSM exam too :-)

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