PSM1 first attempt 80% close but not reached the target 85% any guidance

Last post 02:40 pm August 25, 2019
by Maruthi Shankar Gollapalli
11 replies
09:46 pm September 25, 2016

i gave an attempt today after seeing the

Mikhail Lapshin real mode consistenly 100% in test and open assesment 100%. But when i appreaed the PSM1 exam i see questions are bit tricky resulted me to come close but not as expected.

i am bit disapointed to not able to clear in first attempt. i studied only 2016-Scrum-Guide-US ( is there any other books i need to refer or mock tests

do let me know. Many thanks in advance for the advise

Assessment: PSM I
Date: September 25, 2016 2:37:01 PM EDT

Score: 64 points scored (or 80.0%) out of 80 maximum points

Best Regards

02:18 pm September 26, 2016

I think, you can read books from here:…
for those Section/Subject Area which you do not have 100% at PSM letter

02:45 pm September 26, 2016

Looks like you were able to clear those questions that were straight forward. Shallow understanding of the Scrum Guide is enough to answer those types.
For the questions that test your deeper understanding of scrum, you need to discover the meaning of each sentence in the Scrum Guide. Read this helpful article to know more:…

Don't give up! It is a learning experience. All the best next time!


11:43 am September 27, 2016

I attempted last saturday and got 82.5% marks. Missed to pass the exam very very narrowly.
I studied the scrum guide. Are there other material that I should study for this exam. Any help will be much appreciated.

02:53 pm September 27, 2016

Muthu - did you write to for the feedback?
Also - please look at my response above

05:35 pm October 2, 2016

Hi Nafar,
I dropped a note, but have not got back. I felt, there were few areas not covered in scrum guide
1. What is POs roles and steps when a new product gets kicked off.
2. Who determines the sprint length for new product development.
3. Cone of uncertainity concepts.

Please let me know if you have some inputs on these areas, where I answered vaguely.

06:08 pm October 2, 2016

Hi Nafar,
Is documentation a sprint deliverable if that is what product owner asked for?
Can you please clarify?

10:58 am October 5, 2016


Scrum is a framework for product dev. But, the context behind many of the assessment questions is SW development.
Given the Scrum rule that every Sprint must produce a 'potentially releasable working functionality' delivering only a document as a sole Sprint outcome is not Scrum.
However, documents can be produced along with working functionality.
If PO specifically asks for documents, such needs can be added to either PB or DoD as conditions.

As for your questions on PO role, deciding Sprint duration, and many other implementation aspects, I recommend you to take the PSM training scheduled nearer to your place. Please search this site for upcoming training.

A cheaper alternative is to get an excellent book on the topic named Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide.


05:22 pm October 5, 2016

Thanks Nafar.

03:41 pm March 1, 2018


Have you tried mplaza PSM I simulated exams?…

Passing these help very much.

12:27 pm March 2, 2018

I had a missed attempt (81.3%) recently, too. But i got my certificate yesterday with a score of 97,5% :)

What really helped me with some topics are:

  1. the Scrum Guide
  2. the Nexus Guide (handles topics about working with multiple scrum teams)
  3. the eBook… (reading time about 2h-3h excl. the quizzes)
  4.  and for practicing the mock tests (10$ which is much cheaper than the ones at
09:50 am August 25, 2019

Hi All,

I have attempted PSM-1 and secured 81.35% looks like a good deal but couldn't make for certification but i have really worked on scrum teams acted as scrum Master too and gone through most of the online materials and secured 85 to 100% above each time in all assessments . Looks like the exam has a very quick time line for a 80 number question.

As per above suggestion i will make sure to give one more in coming month by taking time.