IT Advice

How I Pass PSM 1 Exams

…and how you can do it, too.

Nil Lenon
7 min readSep 28, 2022

If you have arrived here, I suspect that you already know that the PSMI certification is the Professional Scrum Master certification issued by . You are certainly also aware that unlike the CSM ( Certified Scrum Master ) certification issued by the Scrum Alliance , the PSMI does not require you to take courses or renew this certification every two years. Finally, you are aware that it costs 150 $ and that, therefore, you would like not to have to pass it several times.

First of all, to pass the certification you will need:

  • Internet access
  • understand English
  • A credit card (or a Paypal account, they are not demanding)
  • An email account for which you have the password.
  • cheat sheets
  • 60 min quiet (this can be a rare commodity)

And that’s all. Indeed, all you have to do is connect to, pay the requested amount, receive a password by email, and connect to take an 80-question English MCQ. Success is conditioned by 85% of correct answers.

Now that it is established how to pass the certification, it would be good to discuss how to pass it.

Scrum Guide

The first thing to do is to read the scrum guide:

“Yes, of course. Read the Scrum Guide. Well… you’re nice but I didn’t wait for you to leaf through it.”

So the problem is that this document is rather “busy” for its 16 pages. Small sentences hide many implications, which we realize when we apply or test our knowledge. Some would say the world is divided into two types of people, those who are PSMI certified and those who dig… and now it’s time to pull out the shovel and dig. Feel free to take notes and re-read it several times. The adage “easy to understand, hard to master” applies.

On the one hand, the exam is in English. You might as well be familiar with the terms in question. On the other hand, the training exams are too (!). You understood, difficult to cut there.



Nil Lenon

A software specialist during the day and a side hustler during night. Writing about code, IT products, personal development and career tips.