Kacey Jimenez
Jul 22 · 3 min read

If you want to become a certified ScrumMaster, you have come to the right article. I will show you exactly how you can take the PSM and receive a passing grade without having to take it more than once.

The very first thing you need to do is read the Scrum guide in entirety. The book is quite short; you can and should read it a few times. The Scrum guide is your bible if you have any questions regarding Scrum always refer back to it. While reading, you will want to try to think of ways you would translate what you’re reading into real-world situations. If possible, try adopting Scrum in your workplace as well.

After done reading, you will want to take a few practice exams to test your knowledge. Scrum.Org has a couple of excellent assessments. Take the Scrum Open assessment and Product Owner Open assessment a couple of times. The first time you take the assessments, you may not receive a passing grade but look at your results and see what sections you are missing and read the feedback. The goal is to receive 100%, and if you aren’t scoring perfect scores consecutively then, you need to go back and re-read the Scrum guide to improve in the areas where you are not understanding. You should be able to finish the assessments in under 10 minutes as well. If you have any questions, you can use scrum.org forums by searching or posting any questions you may have to the community.

In addition, the following website has very accurate questions to the ones you may encounter in the exam https://mlapshin.com/index.php/scrum-quizzes/sm-real-mode/. I strongly recommend you take the practice exam a couple of times and make sure you score at least 85%. The real exam is open book so you can refer back to the Scrum Guide if you need the answers, but with the exam being timed you will want to do this as little as possible to not waste time. Once you are done with the exam, run through all your answers and double-check you answered them correctly as there a few trick questions that may throw you off due to the wording of the questions.

Also, the “Scrum Narrative and PSM Exam Guide: All-in-one Guide for Professional Scrum Master (PSM 1) Certificate Assessment Preparation” book has excellent information that will certainly help you pass as well. The book contains practice questions and a practice exam at the end that is extremely useful. You can purchase this book from Amazon for roughly $20; it is well worth it.

In conclusion, after you take these steps, you should have no problem in the PSM exam and accomplish your goal of becoming a Professional Scrum Master. Have confidence in your knowledge, and take the exam as soon as possible so you can have all the material fresh in your brain!

Kacey Jimenez

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iOS Developer | Scrum Master in Charlotte, NC https://www.linkedin.com/in/kacey-jimenez-psm%C2%AE-72a812157