Passes PSM1 with 93.8% First Attempt (Experience Share + Tips)

Last post 01:42 pm June 13, 2018
by Mohit Garg
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04:19 pm June 18, 2016

First of all, I would like to thank everyone in the community by sharing their experiences which help others in exam preparation. Today I passed with 93.8% first attempt .

The exam is not that difficult however there were one liner questions and options given requires the understanding of what is being asked. I think you should target for 2-3 weeks maximum. Here I will agree with comments mentioned on this forum (https://www.scrum.org/Forums/aft/1892) about Scrum Master Role. So please understand well about SM Role. Even I scored 83.3% in Coaching & Facilitation.

The exam interface was quite slow, it used to take a lot of time between two questions. I used to finish open exams on scrum within 5-10 minutes (30 question or 15 questions). Even on http://mlapshin.com/index.php/psm-quiz/ and http://mplaza.pm I used to finish 80 question in 30-35 minutes. However, here it took me almost 45 minutes just because of the exam interface. So be prepared.

I had basic knowledge about scrum framework and even not sure which certification to go choose from CSM or PSM1. But after reading few blogs I choose PSM1. I started preparing for PSM1 certification before 12 days and wanted to give exam asap.

My tips:

1)
Read Scrum Guide few times. (5 times ideally or until you understand well enough)

2)
Read The-Scrum-Master-Training-Manual-Vr1.6.pdf from Management plaza. It is free so you can download from http://mplaza.pm. (2 or 3 times ideally or until you are not happy with your open assessment)

3)
Watch videos on about scrum here http://www.scrumtrainingseries.com/. Gives you good understanding if you don't have much experience.

Start attending these tests only after your read above books couple of times at least.
4)
Attend open assessment on http://mlapshin.com/index.php/psm-quiz/ until you score between 95% - 100%. Really good questions and really good help because it is completely free. Many Thanks to Mikhail Lapshin.

5)
Attend PSM1, PSPO open assessment on http://scrum.org ( I went through PSD as well however I don't think it is necessary for PSM1 exam)

6)
http://mplaza.pm/product/psm-preparation-practice-test/
This is a really good mock exam to help in your preparation. I scored around 80-85% in three of the exams. The important stuff here is that the explanation of the answer helps you to understand the scrum.

7)
Don't over do by reading more materials. It may confuse you.

I hope my experience above will help people who are planning to give the exam.

Best of Luck!

02:50 pm April 5, 2018

Thank you for your feedback Kuntesh! 

I am currently preparing to take the PSMI and it seems I am doing exactly what you did in terms of reading and mock test taking even before reading your post. So it's good to know that this level of preparation may lead to success on a first attempt. 

Thanks again!  

09:39 pm April 5, 2018

Just passed exam form the first attempt with similar score 92.5  total (83.3% in Coaching & Facilitation). I think this section is rather tricky because everyone is having problem with it.

I would agree that the interface is slow.

My 5 cents, during preparation I used https://www.volkerdon.com/, its 10$ for 1 month of practicing and mock exam.

Lots of questions from all the different sources were here in exam, like word-to-word questions... so to answer them was no-brainer, because you memorize everything during mock exams. But a few questions were rather challenging. Somehow I managed to nail most of them. I guess you just start thinking logically and apply common sense in such cases. I prepared lots of notes in advance, but oddly enough I didn't use them. Everything is my notes I remembered by heart, and for every "puzzling question" i could't find clear answer on the internet.

in this situation the best strategy to investigate your choices and look for the obvious "no way!" answers and exclude them. Then re-examine your choices.

I fount that you save a time if you practice a lot and know your answers immediately for the most questions.

Best of luck! and thanks to contributors :-)

01:02 pm April 7, 2018

Ella, my congratulations :) 

"My 5 cents, during preparation I used https://www.volkerdon.com/, its 10$ for 1 month of practicing and mock exam"

Agree, cheap and what is more important very useful mocks

"in this situation the best strategy to investigate your choices and look for the obvious "no way!" answers and exclude them. Then re-examine your choices."

perfect. this is really true. I guess I had maybe 10-15 such questions

02:25 pm April 20, 2018

Hello, All,

I've been studing for the test since last week: read the Scrum Guide many, many times, took my own notes and done the free mock tests (open assessments in scrum.org and michael). I started getting very good grades in a row (more tham 95% in average in both) and decided to buy the password for the certification.

Then I read your tips in the forum, and went in volkerdon.com as well. Harder mock tests, failed in the first one (40 test questions), barely passed in the second and third mocks. As you mentioned, `trickier` questions (attend x participate) , detailed questions not in the Scrum Guide (cone of uncertainty, scrum poker, technical debt, sucess metrics for PO, automated builds, scrum of scrums, integrated Increment) - though one can guess after a while.

Moreover, in the recent posts you mentioned the actual certification interface is slow. :-(

Consequently, I'm not confident anymore to go for the actual exam yet.

So, before I panic, would you please share some more advice for the preparation. For example:

- do you recommend me to dig dipper in the Nexus guide as well, in order to get more knowledge on Scaled Scrum?

- what do you think about Scrum - a Pocket  Guide (recommended reading by scrum.org)?

- would you say that the actual exam is 'more` similar to the mocks in volkerdon? 

 

Thanks a lot for your help!

Adriana

 

05:52 am April 21, 2018

Hi, Adriana

Regarding your questions:

1 - I think you have to read Nexus Guide 1-2 times. it is not required  to dig dipper to Nexus Guide in case you want to pass psm 1 or pspo 1.

2 - Scrum Pocket Guide is very good book. At least you will  not lose something if you read this book. I recommend you to read Scrum Pocket Guide 

3 - I don't  know about similarity, but at least too close to real. personally I am very satisfied  with volkerdon.com. about 70-80% were very close to real exams. so I recommend you to use this site.

this is my mind so if you do not agree , sorry. and of course good luck :)))

12:58 pm May 22, 2018

Hi, All,

  Very happy to share with you that I passed the exam (95% grade in the first attempt!) thanks for your tips and recommendations in this forum. 

  For Kuntesh Rathod, thanks for the tips about training for Scrum Master also by doing the other open assessments (PSPO, PSD), mastering in http://mlapshin.com/index.php/psm-quiz/ and not over-reading. 

  For ELLA WODZINSKA, thanks for the suggestion of investing (not spending!) USD 10,00 in https://www.volkerdon.com. It was really worth for me. In my opinion their questions are the more similar ones to the real exam. Thanks also for the tip to "look for the obvious "no way!" answers and exclude them."  Not so obvious if you only practice with the open assessments. Important tip for non-native speakers, like me. 

  And finally, thanks to Orkhan Efendiev for answering my previous questions. At that moment I was really panicking (could not find any other Brazilian which passed the test recently), so your answers gave me the confidence I needed to keep going, that I was in the right path. 

  And, sharing my personal experience: 

  1) I did the assessment from home, on a Friday EOD, and I made sure there were absolutely no distractions for me (no maid, no children, no husband, no phones (yes, I really turned them off for 1 hour!). 

  2) I was really afraid about the site performance issues that were mentioned in many forums, but I didn't have any (maybe because it was Friday!). My tip is: try to select a time for the real exam where there are (probably) less users logged in. 

  3) I finalized the test in 45min, so I had time to go over all my bookmarked questions. In order words: manage time. Practice the other assesments (open, quizzes, mock) much as possible to finalize early, very early. It can be tough, because in real life, after all hours studying and knowing that you have only one attempt to pass, it's really tempting to submit the test and get the final results asap. By taking time to carefully review your bookmarked questions, for sure you will improve your score.

I hope this helps.  

Regards,

Adriana 

04:00 am May 24, 2018

 For ELLA WODZINSKA, thanks for the suggestion of investing (not spending!) USD 10,00 in https://www.volkerdon.com. It was really worth for me. In my opinion their questions are the more similar ones to the real exam. Thanks also for the tip to "look for the obvious "no way!" answers and exclude them."  Not so obvious if you only practice with the open assessments. Important tip for non-native speakers, like me. And finally, thanks to Orkhan Efendiev for answering my previous questions. At that moment I was really panicking (could not find any other Brazilian which passed the test recently), so your answers gave me the confidence I needed to keep going, that I was in the right path. 

Appreciated for your comments and congratulations :)

 

05:04 pm June 10, 2018

Hi Adriana and all,

Above you wrote that real exam on scrum.org was slow. How do you think (or maybe somebody else), is it enough 45 seconds per question or maybe due to slow the user will have only 35-40 seconds per question?

04:23 am June 13, 2018

Hi Alfredo

I just cleared PSPO I yesterday with 88.8% score. I think you would have sufficient time to answer all the questions and come back to bookmarked questions if you have gone through the open assessment practice tests and those on other free practice sites mentioned above with attention and prepared well.

In my case, I was able to go through all the questions in first 30 mins of exam and then come back to bookmarked questions for review.