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How Long time do i have to wait to have a second chance?

Last post 02:58 pm June 16, 2020 by Francisco Espiga Fernández
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05:37 pm October 24, 2016

If one fail the exam PSM I, how long time do we have to wait for a second chance?

Thanks for all!

06:16 pm October 24, 2016


you don't have to wait, there is no such limitation. You buy a new password and you can try it again.


01:39 pm October 25, 2016

First time after buying the password, in how many days I have to take the PSM I exam?? Thanks in advance for the answers

03:51 pm October 25, 2016

Our professional-level assessment passwords do not expire, so you will be able to use your password to attempt the assessment whenever you are ready to do so. Please bear in mind, however, that our passwords are good for one attempt at the assessment only, so please don't start your assessment session until you feel you have prepared sufficiently.…

03:19 am March 9, 2020

So, I just failed my second PSM 1 attempt. 78.8 on first, then 80.0 on second. Nothing quite has horrifying as just giving away $300.00 and getting nothing but rejection emails in return. I would have felt better giving it to a panhandler, as at least I could call it charity, but I digress. I studied multiple sources over multiple days for this exam. Took practice exams on here with Open Assessments, Whizlabs, and even Quizlet and passed all of them with either 100's or high 90's. But, for some reason, I can't get through this exam with a passing score! Yes, I used the links in the first fail to try to beef up on bad problem areas, and actually did worse the second time in a couple of those! Not sure how others are passing this without taking a formal course and gaining insight that the self-study just doesn't give, but I'm certainly not going to throw more at this until I figure it out. 

03:23 pm March 9, 2020

At a high level, I would say my focus in preparing covered two things:

  1. Understanding Scrum, inside and out
  2. Using practice tests from (free) and (paid, I think I paid $29 for 20 test tries)

The practice exams uncovered things I was not familiar with/missed/needed to spend more time studying and also helped me understand the need to pay close attention to the wording of questions. 

My study materials included:

  • The Scrum Guide
  • The Scrum Glossary
  • Some of the recommended books
  • learning path
  • Practice Tests

Hope this helps. Good luck.

03:31 pm March 9, 2020

Danny, don't feel so discouraged my friend. $300 is an investment in your career, while I don't want to make light of the amount of money; it could have been worse. You could have spent the $1,200+ and go to the class and not passed the exam. The PSM is not an easy exam, don't give up!

My suggestion: stop using practice assessments that are not The verbiage and content is NOT on par with How many times have you read the Scrum Guide? Have you read the other suggested reading material for this exam? If not, that's where I'd start. Another helpful tip: when you're doing the exam, have the Scrum Guide open in a PDF and use the Find/Search function. I cannot emphasize enough to get away from the practice exams that are done by anyone else other than Speaking of the Open assessments, I encourage you to take the Scrum Open here and gain an understanding of the WRONG answers and WHY they are wrong. Knowing the right answers is helpful, knowing the wrong answers and especially WHY they are wrong; is far more valuable. 

06:36 am March 10, 2020

Dear @Patricia Heckmann @Danny Grogan, sorry to read you did not pass the mark. The mark is there to ensure (PSM-I) your fundamental knowledge is on par with the demands of being a SM. Don't blame the examn, don't blame the open assessment as well. The open assessment is there to help you train for the examn and get a hang of the type of questions to expect. Also, some of the open assessment questions can be found in the real examn. 

If you want to pursue a carreer in Scum, you have step up you knowledge game and bite down hard. I have read the Scrum guide many times, and each time I can still discover nuances. Scrum is not black & white, but more importantly, there are some basic "rules and thoughts" behind it. It all comes down to you explaining how concepts like Epiricism, Transparency, Trust, Inspect & Adapt can be found in, and are the central pillars of scrum. If you know this, the examn will be easy ;)

Classes are extremely helpfull, but might be out of budget range, but you can considder it. Reader some books, at least the Pocket guide to scrum, is a must.


Good luck & hang in there!

08:04 am March 10, 2020

The open tests are great and on this forum, you will find great threads to prepare.

In the same way, don't forget to visit the sections RESOURCES ... for Scrum Masters, this have been great help for me. They are great source of information and also helps a lot having the right mindset.

As Xander said, the open assessments are great to understand the basics. If you fail at one question, use it to inspect and adapt your knowledge.

when you are ready again, pump your courage value before retaking the test.

Wish you great luck to both.


03:47 pm May 29, 2020

Failed with 76% by paying $150. 

03:04 am May 30, 2020

Hello Davis. You should consider taking the in-person PST-led class, acquiring a few years of experience (if you don't already) and exhausting the knowledge base for Scrum Masters on this website (available free of cost). You will feel better prepared for the test and will find more value in the knowledge.

01:47 pm June 16, 2020

Danny, that is unfortunate. 

I agree with the rest of the colleagues and I cannot stress enough the importance of the Scrum Guide. 

Open assessments on the site (PSM and PSPO) are useful to know the wording, and as well, but taking a different perspective:

Don't think in terms of "passing" or "choosing the right answer", I suggest using this resources to inspect your knowledge and adapt it accordingly. It's easy to memorize a bunch of answers or have them at hand, but it is far more useful to analyze your prior errors and identify the underlying "whys". 

As the guide states, scrum is difficult to master essentially because of that. There are always nuances. 

A piece of advice though, useful for the PSM1 but essential for PSPO1 and PSM2: don't try to find the right answer, try to identify whether or not each option is aligned with scrum. The how is not the key, the What (artifacts), Where (events) and Who are, and its binary, scrum or not scrum. 

A last thought, the guide is lightweight because everything is important, every, single, word. You don't need to know it by heart, but refflecting while reading certainly helps. 


Best of lucks in your journey, and courage!



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