The structure of the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) assessments has been changed to introduce a new third tier, the PSM III. They are intended to highlight that learning and understanding grows through learning and practice. The press announcement gives some insight.
The reasons for the changes have been detailed by Dave West here in this article.
One key distinguishing feature of the Scrum.Org assessments is that they are not bound to a course, however attending a PSM Course will help with the achievement of the assessments.
|Scrum Open||Scrum Open||Entry Level||Free||Scrum Open Assessments |
|PSM I||PSM I||Fundamental||USD 150||PSM I Assessment|
|PSM II||PSP||Advanced||USD 250||PSM II Assessment|
|PSM III||PSM II||Distinguished||USD 500||PSM III Asessment|
|Scrum Open||30 minutes||30||Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer and True/False||85%|
|PSM I||60 minutes||80||Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer and True/False||85%|
|PSM II||90 minutes||30||Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer and True/False||85%|
|PSM III||120 minutes||Varies||Multiple Choice and Essay||85%|
Preparing for the assessments depends on your experience and understanding. Most important is ensuring you use the language of the scrum guide:
Read the scrum guide http://www.scrumguides.org/
Create a Scrum.org account. Your account must be set up before you can take any assessments.
Take the free Scrum Open assessment for practice.
Take the Developer open assessment for practice
Take the Product Owner Open assessment for Practice
Take the Nexus Open assessment for Practice
Please give yourself the best opportunity to pass by
Make sure that you know the Scrum Guide well
Understand the purpose of the burndown chart (start with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burn_down_chart)
Think in terms of the 2 classic Scrum Master answers:
The assessment is based on four learning areas:
Complete the Scrum Open assessment until you achieve 100% repeatedly (5 times in a row), try the other open assessments as well to get sider understanding of the different roles.
The PSM II and the PSM III require experience with using Scrum to be able to answer the questions. There questions are more scenario based and need you to reflect on your knowledge and experience to select the best answers. The questions look for a deeper level of understanding, beyond the simple recall of the Scrum Guide.
The PSM II uses the same style of assessment as the PSM I, however the questions are more nuanced, and based on scenarios. You will need to read and understand the scenario, before selecting the appropriate response.
With the PSM III there will be a number of questions that will ask for a detailed essay response to a short question. You will need to be able to reflect on the question, and structure a response within the assessment time. Having experience of working with Scrum is the best preparation for this assessment.
Whats the difference in the assessment levels? Simply the higher the level, the harder the question.
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