Passing the PSM I is exam is quite easy if you spare a week to study for it. The PSM I exam pretty much checks how well you understand (to be honest with you the correct word is memorized) the 16 page Scrum framework booklet. There is nothing special or tricky about the exam. I’ve passed it with %91 in my first attempt and completed it in less than 40 mins. In this article, I would like to give some advice on how to prepare for the PSM.
First of all, the exam has nothing to do with how your organization uses Scrum. So don’t try to rely on your real life experiences. All questions are simply about the framework. Anyone who does not have any idea about Scrum can easily pass the exam. If you have a good memory, then you are lucky because the questions don’t really rely on analytical thinking. Every word on the booklet can be used in a question in some form. I know it sounds weird but how else would you generate 80 questions from a 16 page booklet. Make sure you read the booklet several times and try to memorize it. You don’t need any other Scrum book to pass the exam.
Secondly, the exam focuses a lot on the roles of the Scrum. You should definitely know the boundaries of the product owner, scrum master and the development team. There isn’t any other role you should be aware about. If you memorize the boundaries of these roles, then everything becomes really easy. During the exam never guess about the possible responsibilities of any role. If you guess about a responsibility, which does not exist in the booklet then you will probably choose the wrong answer.
Thirdly, you will see a lot of questions about various Scrum meetings. You must know everything about them. You should write down the duration, the participants and the reason why these meetings are done. Don’t forget that none of these meetings can be skipped. You may see questions such as “When a scrum team matures, can they skip Daily Scrum ?” Duration of the meetings are usually fixed but some of them can be longer. So make sure you know all about the durations.
Finally, I would like to add that there were a lot of questions about the Scaled scrum in the exam I took. To be honest with you, I was not expecting them to ask about Scaled scrum because it wasn’t covered by the booklet in detail. I suggest you to learn and have a general idea about how scaled scrum should work.
There are some great apps and websites that can help you pass the exam. Solving questions is actually best way to prepare for the exam. I’ve personally tried to achieve a minimum of 95% in the sample exams before I took the real one.
Here are some good applications that will help you a olot: