Passed PSM 1 with 98.8%

Last post 04:43 pm July 23, 2016
by Henno Vermeulen
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04:43 pm July 23, 2016

Passed PSM 1 with 98.8%

Just passed the PSM 1 exam with 1 mistake. Wow, I feel so lucky because I scored around 90% on the two 80-question practice assessments I did.

My way of preparing for the exam:
* work experience on a Scrum team for 8 months
* read the Scrum Guide
* buy and read the ebook "Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide". (I only read this once but carefully which took me about 5 and a half hours.)
* do the quick tests in the ebook
* read the Scrum Guide for the 2nd time
* do the scrum.org open assesments until I consistently score 100%. (This isn't very hard because you keep getting the same questions. It's very useful though because some of these questions are on the actual exam literally.)
* read the Scrum Guide for the 3rd time
* do the model test in the ebook
* read the Scrum Guide for the 4th time
* do free online tests, these have pretty high quality:
- http://greenmirage.com/posts/scrum-master-psm-certification-mock-exam/
- http://mlapshin.com/index.php/psm-quiz/real-mode/

During each of these steps I took notes on questions that popped up in my head about topics that weren't fully *transparent* to me. I made sure I got my own questions answered by searching online. I also *inspect*ed the test questions I got wrong and learned the correct answer, so I *adapted* my understanding. I think this is one of the best things to do to prepare for any test.

In total it took me a little over 26 hours of study time. I would probably have passed with less study time but not with this high grade.