Last post 05:10 pm January 20, 2021
by Eric Chan
26 replies
09:59 pm February 15, 2016

Hi Team,

I failed PSM-1 this morning. Scored 82.5% so fell short by just a tad :(

This is how I prepared -

1. Read the scrum guide many times.
2. Took open assessment many times and was consistently scoring between 95- 100 %
3. Took the mock exam here - and consistently scored above 90%

I was found wanting in the following areas -

1. Cross-functional, Self-organizing Teams - Scored 76% here
2. Coaching and Facilitation - Scored 58% here

Any ideas for improvement please?


Best regards

12:32 pm February 16, 2016

Did you look at few other helpful things? Like

- Regular monitoring of this forum on scrum discussions
- Psm exam guide book by mohammed
- Not just going for apparent right answer but also Analysis of why other choices are not best choices - in scrum open and scrum developer open

08:15 pm February 16, 2016

Hi Rafael,

Thanks for your inputs.
Yes, I did go through various threads on this form for study tips.
Where can I find this book - Psm exam guide book by mohammed


12:53 pm February 24, 2016

Hi Girish,

Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide: All-in-one Guide for Professional Scrum Master (PSM 1) Certificate Assessment Preparation



11:29 am February 25, 2016

Thanks Pugal

02:21 pm February 27, 2016

Hi Girish,

I actually just completed the PSM1 exam today with a 92.5%. I found this practice test created by Mikhail Lapshin very helpful in preparing for the exam. You should be able to complete this 80 question practice exam with 100% everytime and understand why the answers are the correct choices.

Thank you Mikhail!

Good luck Girish!

05:14 pm March 3, 2016

I second this test, it's quite good. His blog also has quite a bit of tidbits worth reading.

09:01 am March 4, 2016

I already took that test at least 4-5 times and passed with 95% , but as my luck would have it flunked when it mattered the most. Anyways, started preparing again. Bought the book by Mohammed.

Lets see how it goes this time.

Also planning to take up -…


06:28 am March 8, 2016

I passed the PSM 1 certificate two days ago with 95 % score .
This is how i prepared :
- Read the scrum guide one
-Took Open Assessements
- Read the book by Mohammed : Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide
-Took the exams of mplaza management
==> There are some informations some times you have to digg for , like the Scrum of Scrum (Scaled scrum )
- Read the scrum guide again ( it remains the reference )


11:00 am April 7, 2016

Finally passed PSM1 today with 95%
Thanks all for your valuable inputs :)

My preparation plan -

Read the scrum guide many times.
-Took Open Assessements
- Read the book by Mohammed : Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide
-Took the exams of mplaza management

11:36 pm April 7, 2016

Finally passed PSM1 today with 95%


02:57 am April 8, 2016

Posted By Jemer Garibay on 07 Apr 2016 11:36 PM

Finally passed PSM1 today with 95%


Thanks :)

Now, will start preparation for PSM-II later this year.
Any pointers will be helpful. Experts please suggest the preparation roadmap.

07:24 am August 8, 2016


I am thinking of preparing for PSM II shortly.

Any suggestions please.


Best regards

10:30 pm July 27, 2018

Girish Raghunathan : Can you please share that book with me ?



02:08 pm July 31, 2018

Passed PSM-I exam yesterday, Scored 95%.

Thanks to you all forum members who has shared their experience and study plan, also those for their suggestions and guidance.

Below is the summary of my study resources-

a) Scrum Guide --(Multiple Times)           

   Scrum burndown chart:

   Scrum Glossary:      

b) The Nexus guide.

c) Practice test:

08:09 am September 25, 2018


I am thinking of preparing for PSM II shortly.

Any suggestions please.


Best regards

You'll find many recourses here, on this forum. Just search for the right topics ;)

11:52 am January 31, 2019


Sorry to hijack this thread - I went through the thread and it has valuable information, thank you. 

I am just going to start preparing for PSM1 certification and I would like to know how much is the time-frame required for preparation if we want to do the above steps before I sit for the exam?


12:35 am February 4, 2019

Thanks for all the tips group! Passed my PSM1 today with 96.3%. Prepared in 1 week as did not have much time. I used the below resources:

1: Scrum Guide and Open assessments

2: Practice test by Mikhail Lapshin  (took the test multiple times in real mode)...Thank you Mikhail!

Looking forward to PSM2 now...

Good Luck to all!



10:54 pm February 25, 2019



I sat the exam last weekend and passed with +90%. Tips and/or preparation needed


1) SCRUM GUIDE (read it 2, 3 times); 

2) Open assessments;

Good luck !

06:23 pm February 9, 2020

I am happy to announce  that I have cleared my PSM-1 exam in my first attempt with 87.5% and I owe it all to the awesome assessment tests online. In addition to's assessments, Mikhail Lapshin's quiz, I would strongly suggest taking the following assessments as well. Some may require you to register. Around 50% of the questions in the exam were from the open assessments of whereas few were very simple but many options just to confuse the test taker [You need to watch out for them and this is where you really need to appply your brain]. The Scrum Guide is everything that you need to crack the PSM-1. As recommended by many previous test takers on youtube as well as on online blogs and forums, the Scrum Guide is the bible for Scrum and it's very important that you read it 5-6 times VERY CAREFULLY each and every word till the entire document gets inside your brain.……

10:24 am February 27, 2020

Some of the best resources for passing PSM are:

Scrum Interview Questions.

Agile Training.

You can also read:

11:46 am June 14, 2020

Coming from an industrial background, I had no idea about the need for these certifications or even the IT industry. In one of the job interview in an IT firm, I was asked about the various tools and practices used. I replied with my traditional industrial background knowledge. I didn't get the job though the concept of Scrum exists in many industries in one way or the other. I have spent learning a new thing and a certification which sometimes could help you in replying adequately to your new job role in IT industry. I just passed my certification with 95% in first go. Thanks to the community members everything from the learning materials and assessment are listed out and addressed in the various forums by members. Follow them and those are the only things you need to know for the final assessment. All the best to all of you !

05:24 pm August 18, 2020

I just started preparing for PSM1 and wondering Scrum.Org has many categories in 'Open assessments'. Is 'Scrum Open' , enough or should all the other assessments also be reviewed?

09:16 am January 13, 2021

I will suggest you go through the Agile tutorials and other blogs related to Agile

11:03 pm January 14, 2021

Hi Everyone, 

I am planning to give PSM1 certification this month.

I have read scrum guide 2-3 times and taken the open assessment tests.

I don't think these questions are enough to pass the exam. 

Is there any site where I can get more real exam's questions based on the new scrum guide. I want to test my speed as well. Please suggest. Thanks.

11:18 pm January 14, 2021

@Ankita, in my opinion what you need to pass the exam is on the website and the Scrum Guide. If you are still not comfortable then a class is recommended which will show you deeply how to use and apply Scrum, not pass the test.  We have done significant research and validation (empirical evidence) that shows proving knowledge is based on understanding and interpreting on how to apply what you learn vs. practice questions.  You can find dozens of free resources on the website under the Ways to Prepare section of the PSM I page to help you prepare and study.

We have seen many poor practice tests that will cause you to fail vs acquisition the knowledge and understanding to prove your ability to apply Scrum.

08:35 am January 20, 2021

Greetings Everyone!

I fulfilled my 2021 New Year's resolution and comfortably passed PSM1 (> 90%) at my first attempt. I came to realize that the difference in passing or failing could be hinged upon reading the questions really carefully, and noticing that some questions have multiple and not single choices. You almost have to memorize the Scrum Guide content, and it really helps if you practice beyond the Open Assessments at  While the Mikhail Lapshin free exams are good as a first step to get warmed up for the actual exam, you should sharpen your edge by going through the Volkerdon course which has some really good quizzes, and excellent preparatory exams.  I may have over-prepared because I went through other free sample exam websites; a word of caution here - some of these websites have wrong answers!  All things considered and in retrospect, the recipe for passing that I would recommend is:

(i) Give yourself a month lead time to prepare for the exam, assuming you have a normal work life and day job. Study the Scrum Guide until you've almost memorized the content, making sure you have the latest (November 2020) edition.  I was reading other books and publications to broaden my understanding and while this may not be necessary to some, I recommend Hiren Doshi's book especially if your real life experience in Agile Scrum is limited: "Scrum Insights for Practitioners".     

(ii) Practice the Open Assessments until you consistently score as close to 100% as possible.  The questions tend to repeat but there are some new ones every time so you get to discover the gaps in your knowledge. 

(iii) Read the Scrum Guide carefully again.

(iii) 'Graduate' to the Michael Lapshin (ML) exams and once again strive for scores as close to 100% as possible.  Make sure you bone up on your weak areas, and don't hesitate to review the Scrum Guide around your weak areas.

(iv) Prime yourself on the tough questions and crank up your game with the paid exam simulations available through - take all the mock exams in learning mode followed by the simulated exams.  Although there is a small fee to access all these exams, consider it cheap insurance to secure a first-attempt passing score, which basically saves you from paying another $150 for a second PSM1 exam attempt!

(v) Read the Scrum Guide one more time, then register + pay at and take the actual PSM1 exam ASAP after your recent practice exams on the ML and Volkerdon websites. You want to capture the momentum of all the fresh simulated exam questions you just went through!

I find that the path to certification is not just about exam taking skills although you may think so while preparing. The high passing score requirement is testament to ensuring QUALITY in the knowledge domain of those that passed. You will be able to take on the role of Scrum Master confidently and perform well once you're armed with the foundational knowledge that has been firmly embedded in your psyche as a direct result of intense preparation.  I think this sets apart from other certification paths because you really need to understand the in's and out's of the Scrum Framework to pass the exam, then turn that knowledge into action by applying it!