How to pass the Professional Scrum Master I exam

I passed the Professional Scrum Master I exam earlier this year. Here’s how you can too.

  • Read this page to understand what the PSM qualifications are.
  • Read this page to understand what the PSM 1 qualification is.


  • Fee: USD $100 – once purchased, you have a 14-day window in which to take the assessment
  • Passing score: 85% (68 out of 80)
  • Time limit: 60 minutes
  • Number of Questions: 80
  • Format: Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer and True/False
    • The hardest questions are of the type ‘which of the following five statements are true (tick all that apply)?’ without stating how many ‘all’ might be. These are difficult to plan for. Fortunately, there are not too many of them.
  • Study Topics: PSM Subject Areas
      Every day for a week:

    • Read the 16 page, definitive scrum guide from front to back:
    • Having read the guide, sit the practice assessment (see link below)
    • Search the forums for study tips like this one
    • Read the Scrum Master Training Manual, a free PDF from Management Plaza, and do the exam at the back.
  • Required course: None
  • Recommended course: Take this two day course organised by our friends at Testpeople. My course in May was given by André Heijstek in Utrecht.
  • Practice Assessment: Take the free Scrum Open every day until you can score 100% every time, even in your sleep.

Final top tip: Read “Scrum – A Pocket Guide” by Gunther Verheyen.

Good luck! The exam made me sweat, but it was worth it.

About the author:

Written by: MRC

Martin Cunnington is COO & QA Director at spriteCloud BV. He has over 25 years international IT experience working for and with blue chip clients. Martin has mastered delivering measurable results with new technologies in a variety of senior positions including project, quality, test and production management. He manages time, money, scope, people and processes on a daily basis, likes street art and can juggle.

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." Hunter S. Thompson (1937–2005)

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