PSM I Assessment Hints and Tips

Preparation

Attending the PSF and PSM training courses is great preparation for PSM I assessment, but to maximise your chances of passing, the following self-study is recommended as a minimum:

Study the scrum guide and make specific notes in answer to the following questions:

  • How would you define Scrum and what problem is it designed to solve?
  • What is each role accountable for?
  • What constraints and recommendations apply to each role?
  • What is inspected and adapted during each event?
  • What does each artefact make transparent?
  • How does the definition of done increase transparency?

Read the following blogs that are closely aligned to the PSM I topic areas:

  1. “Scrum And”
  2. “Scrum Master – A Manager”
  3. “Self Organisation”
  4. Team size in Scrum

Re-read the PDF of the course slides that have been sent to you.

Use Scrum.org’s Scrum Master Learning Path to focus your reading the areas you need to study

Use the Open Assessments for practice.  Take the Scrum Open until you achieve 100% repeatedly (5 times in a row).  Take the Product Owner Open and Developer Open assessments to increase your knowledge and familiarity with the Scrum.org assessment style.

Topic Areas

The PSM I assessment is broken down into the topic areas below. Use all of the resources above to ensure that you have a good understanding in each area.

  1. Facilitation
  2. Self-Organizing Teams
  3. Done
  4. Coaching and Mentoring
  5. Leadership Styles
  6. Scrum Values
  7. Artifacts
  8. Roles
  9. Events
  10. Empiricism
  11. Product Value
  12. Forecasting and Release Planning
  13. Product Backlog Management
  14. Managing Technical Risk
  15. Stakeholders & Customers

Administration

Your passwords should be with you shortly for your ONE free attempt at the exam (80 multiple choice questions in 1 hour) with an 85% pass rate.

Please add support@scrum.org to the safe senders list to make certain the email does not end up in your Junk mail folder and you receive your password.

There is no time limit to complete the assessment, however we have found that completing the assessment within 2 weeks of the course improves the chance of success.

If you have any problems, please contact training@agility.im and support@scrum.org.

Taking the Assessment

Once you have received your code and feel ready, schedule 60 minutes when you will not be interrupted then complete the following:

PSM I Certificate

When you have passed a Professional level assessment (PSM I) with a score of 85% or higher, a downloadable, printable certificate and badge will be added directly into your Scrum.org member account profile.

Please check your member profile to download and print your certificate. To access your profile, click on your name, which will appear at the top of any Scrum.org page whenever you are logged into your account. Please feel free to use your Scrum.org certificate and badge to represent your status and understanding of Scrum.

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