Yesterday I cleared the PSM I (Professional Scrum Master I) exam, with a score of 96.3%; thus, I failed 3 out of the 80 questions. Passing the exam requires a minimum of 85%, or getting right at least 68 out of 80 questions.
The list below randomly captures recommendations and observations about achieving PSM I.
- Bottom line. It is not a difficult test. One can already figure this out if a minimum score of 85% is required.
- However, preparation is required. In my case, the company organized an external trainer. The course took about 10 hours, including the practice of "live" exercises.
- Reading "The Scrum Guide" is a must. It is only 19 pages long, but it is important to read it carefully, and more than once.
- Answers to some of the questions can be easily found on the guide. However, the majority of questions are situational, which require a full understanding of the Scrum framework to get them right.
- Any answer that contains "Project Manager" term is wrong. As a Project Manager I was not keen on ruling myself out, but needs to be done to get the points.
- The exam takes a maximum of 60 minutes. I cleared it in 35. On paper, every question would take not more than 45 seconds. But some of the questions can be answered in 10 seconds, allowing over a minute for the questions that require further thinking or checking materials (it is an open book exam).
- Needless to say, do not take the exam before taking at least three practicing tests that can be found online. Score at least 90% before taking the real test.
Good luck to all future PSM I holders. Never stop learning.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing (Albert Einstein)