Standard of Conduct for Assessments

Scrum.org relies on each individual to act with integrity and uphold high-standards among themselves and their peers.

By taking a Scrum.org certification assessment you are affirming that:

  • You have only one account.
  • You are the individual whose name appears on the start page.
  • While you are taking the assessment you will not consult with other individuals.
  • You have not received any of the answers to the questions in advance.
  • All answers to questions are your own work.
  • You will not plagiarize the work of others.
  • You will not share any of the assessment materials with any other individuals. 
  • If you become aware of any violations of this Standard of Conduct you are obliged to report it to support@scrum.org. Your information will never be shared with others.

Failure to meet these standards of conduct may result in your Scrum.org certifications being revoked and your Scrum.org account being disabled.

Additional expectations for essay-based assessments - PSM III and PSPO III

The Professional Scrum Master III (PSM III) and Professional Scrum Product Owner III (PSPO III) assessments are timeboxed events intended to assess your knowledge, skills, and experience as a Professional Scrum Master or Professional Scrum Product Owner. Scrum.org strives to make sure assessments remain available to anyone. We currently do not require that you take the assessment at a proctored testing center, or require you to enable your webcam during testing so that we can keep watch over you.

However, maintaining ease of access does come with some rules and responsibilities. 

Scrum.org expects all Professional Scrum experts to act with integrity. This means that pasting answers prepared in advance is not an acceptable practice.  The timebox is used as a tool to assess your ability to respond without having answers pre-written and as such pasting answers prepared in advance is a violation of the Professional conduct we expect. We realize the timebox is short and be assured you will not lose points for spelling or grammatical mistakes.

The inclusion of material copied verbatim from other sources within your answers is only acceptable if in each instance you include a reference to the source of the copied material. Material copied from other sources (including quotes from the Scrum Guide) may be used if it helps support your answer, but a quote alone will not be a sufficient answer. Assessment takers must explain why they chose to quote other sources and explain how they feel it helps answer the question. 

Scrum.org employs techniques to detect the use of Copyrighted and copied material, to detect when answers match the answers given by other assessment takers, and to detect the re-use of the same or similar language across multiple questions throughout the same assessment. These conditions are brought to the attention of the grader and may result in the loss of points or in more extreme cases a failing score.

One final piece of advice. We don’t have a minimum or maximum answer length requirement. A longer answer isn't always a better answer. Focus on what the question is asking and don’t write your way out of a good short answer.

 

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