PSM1 - Passed

Last post 03:36 pm November 19, 2018
by Nitin Patel
2 replies
06:17 am July 10, 2017

A little background first. I was actually preparing for PMI-ACP, and mid-way in my preparation and I felt Scrum Guide needs a thorough review.

After going through it a couple of times, and googling for my doubts withing it, I tried Scrum Open Assessment and got 95+ in first attempt. In that process, I also came to know PSM1 can be given without training, unlike CSM.

So I decided to give PSM1 a shot, and sat for the exam today. I passed with 94 percent.

Here are my 2 cents on how to prepare.

1. Read success story posts on this forum. This gave me a clear direction of how to prepare.

2. Three Resources: Scrum Guide, Scrum Open Assessment, and Mikhail Lapshin's practice exam in real mode.

3. Be an active reader, involve yourself with the Scrum guide and respect its density. Question yourself about understanding of specific rules, roles, artifacts, and events.

4. Take Mikhail Lapshin's practice exam only when you score 100% consistently in Scrum Open.

However, I was confident about passing the exam, I really struggled with a few questions. Some are quite tricky, and would most probably trap one, if one do not read the question and answer choices clearly. For example, a question threw me off about my understanding and link between Sprint Goal and Sprint Backlog.

Now, I will shift my focus back to PMI-ACP.



11:34 am November 3, 2018

Congrats Mukesh.

Looks like we have similar stories; I was studying for the PMI-ACP and midway I picked up PSM1 and I used the same materials to study as well which I picked up from the forum.

I passed PSM1 on the first attempt by exactly 85% without finishing all the questions because I ran out of time, also I used less than a week to study for it, I advise more study time should be invested in preparing for the exam. 

The questions are quite tricky too.

Links/Materials I used to prepare were;

1. Scrum Guide (of course)



I noticed that the materials were although very helpful but not sufficient. Is there a better way to prepare apart from more and more years of experience?

I was really happy and relieved that I don't have to retake it.

All the best to everyone about to take the exam


09:43 am November 19, 2018

I am getting 100% in my last 5 out of 7 attempts in Scrum Open Assessment.


Shall I go for PSM 1 ?