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I recently took the EXIN Agile Scrum Master exam (the online proctored version) and did not pass it (43% score). Prior to taking it, I took the Agile Scrum Master training available through Courses P
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I recently took the EXIN Agile Scrum Master exam (the online proctored version) and did not pass it (43% score). Prior to taking it, I took the Agile Scrum Master training available through Courses Platform (aka Simplilearn). I thought I had enough knowledge and training to pass the test, but it turns out I did not. I also took the Scrum Assessment at scrum.org, but it's not nearly as difficult as the EXIN exam and does not cover the same material. I will therefore have to take the exam again. Can anyone out there recommend any books (Amazon?) or other reading material that I can find to prepare for the retake? Also, any other certification providers I should look into besides EXIN? Thank you!
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Andrew, good on you for pursuing the ASM, it isn't an easy one! It goes beyond the standard knowledge based certs (Bloom 1 & 2) and requires Applying and Analyzing the material (Bloom 3 & 4).
If you haven't already downloaded a copy, check the exam preparation guide (https://www.exin.com/certifications/exin-agile-scrum-master-exam)
It lists the exact texts selected by EXIN that cover the material in the ASM exam.

Cohn, Mike "Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum"
Cohn, Mike "Agile Estimating and Planning"
Schwaber, Ken & Sutherland, Jeff "The Scrum Guideā„¢ -The definitive guide to Scrum: The Rules of the Game"
Measey, Peter "Agile and ITIL and how they integrate"
Schwaber, Ken "Agile Project Management with Scrum (Developer Best Practices)"

Links to download/purchase the texts is also included in the preparation guide.

Unfortunately, there is no easy route to completing this one, the ASM is the oldest (in the market) and hardest Agile Scrum exam I've ever attempted.
Still preparing for my retake as well.
If your goal is just completing any Agile or Scrum cert, you may consider:
Agile Project Management Fundamentals from msicertified.com
PSM I from scrum.org

Both of these are Bloom 1 & 2 level questions and can be knocked out over a weekend while you wait for the laundry to dry.

However, if your sights are set on the ASM or something equivalent, then you are squarely in the territory of the PMI-ACP or PSMI III. With the ASM being the undisputed lion of the pack in the ICT field, and the PMI-ACP the young upstart. The PSM III is still a cub but does have sharp teeth.
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Conrad, thanks so much for your advice and recommendations. I have "The Scrum Guide" by Schwaber and Sutherland. Do you know any thing about either of these books or could you recommend one over the other?

Cohn, Mike Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum Pearson Education (2009) http://www.amazon.com/Succeeding-Agile-Sof...g/dp/0321579364
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Cohn, Mike Agile Estimating and Planning Prentice Hall (2005) http://www.amazon.com/Agile-Estimating-Pla...n/dp/0131479415

Thanks!
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For the ASM, I actually recommend you review both books from Mike Cohn.
"Agile Estimating and Planning" - covers almost the entirety of Estimating, Planning, Monitoring and Control section of the exam.
Where as "Succeeding with Agile" covers everything else in the exam - Agile thinking, Complex projects, Scrum roles and Agile adoption. If you only had enough time to review a single text before your next retake, focusing on "Succeeding with Agile" would cover the most ground of the exam.

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