Scrum.Org Assessment Hints and Tips

This page shares administration and preparation tips for the Scrum.Org assessments.

Administration

There is no time limit to complete the assessment, however we have found that completing the assessment within 2 weeks of the course improves the chance of success. If you have any problems, please contact your trainer and support@scrum.org.

Please add support@scrum.org to the safe senders list to make certain the email does not end up in your Junk mail folder and you receive your password.

If you have attended a course lead by a Professional Scrum Trainer, Scrum.Org now offers a single retake if you attempt the assessment within 2 weeks and don’t pass. It is well worth using this opportunity to learn.

You will receive an email from support@scrum.org, inviting you to set up an account. You will need the account with Scrum.Org to complete the assessment. Occasionally Scrum.org notification emails are caught in a spam filter due to network security or firewall settings. Please first check your spam or junk mail folder for a message with the subject “Account details for [your name] at Scrum.org”.

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Preparation

There are some fundamentals that you should do:

  • Read the Scrum Guide, a few times. Allow some time to reflect between reads. If you want to read the guide in another language, or listen to it (available in English, Dutch, and German).
  • Download the APD Scrum Summary Sheet, a handy one page reference
  • Review the materials from the class, either the board exports for virtual classes or photos from the face to face classes. Read through the materials that your trainer shared, focussing on the main materials for the course that you attended.
  • Complete the free practice assessments. You will need to pass the assessment for the certification multiple times – preferably at 100%. These can be completed as many times as you like, and will give feedback on the answers.
  • Read the Evidence Based Management Guide around measuring outcomes
  • Read the Nexus guide around scaling practices
  • Read the Kanban Guide for Scrum teams for flow metrics
  • Read this great article for non-native English speakers

Give yourself a chance

Please give yourself the best opportunity to pass by…

Making sure that you know the Scrum Guide well:

  • Accountabilities
  • Artefacts
  • Commitments
  • Events

Understand the purpose of the burn down chart

  • It is work remaining vs time
  • Can be any units (hours, points, stories)
  • Is a guide not to be forced to match a profile

Longer assessments (not Scrum.org)

Some people have found the Unofficial practice assessments helpful to appreciate how tricky it is to complete 80 questions in 60 minutes. This can be useful, however these tests reflect the 2017 Scrum Guide.

Try the assessments by Mikhail Lapshin

Assessment Specific Focus

Applying Professional Scrum (APS)

The focus is on the fundamentals of Scrum, combined with self-organisation and the role of the Scrum Master. Remember the two core answers in Scrum for the case study type questions:

  • It Depends
  • Let the team decide

Professional Scrum Master (PSM)

How will you act as a true leader who serves? Reflect on the choices you may enact (Point North, Uphold Scrum, Teach, Coach, Mentor, Facilitate, Actively do nothing, Take Action). When is the appropriate time to act?

Your responses should come from the two base answers for a Scrum Master:

  • It Depends
  • Let the team decide

Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO)

The focus is on Value. What can be done to achieve lasting value. Consider the impact of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Return on Investment (RoI) and Time to Market (TTM). Review Henrik Kniberg’s You Tube.

Professional Scrum with Kanban (PSK)

Understand the nature of flow, and the metrics that will guide that. Understand how the Kanban practices can be applied together with the Scrum Framework. Read the Kanban Guide.

Download the handy one page Scrum with Kanban sheet

Scaling Professional Scrum

The focus is on delivering a useable, releasable integrated increment. How can you work with all your team to create a Done increment? How can you reduce the impact of dependencies?

Remember the law of one!

The law of one for scaling. One Product, One PO, one Produt
The law of one for scaling.

Applying Professional Scrum for Software Development

The focus is on delivering a useable, releasable increment. How can you work with your team to create a Done increment. Review the engineering practices:

Professional Agile Leadership – Essentials

How do you create the conditions for teams to be successful? How can you create a learning culture that sustains inspection and adaptation leading to truly Agile teams?

Assessment Mechanics

You will have received your assessment code from Scrum.Org. You will need to give yourself around 30 minutes and the assessment time when you will not be interrupted.

Taking the assessment

  • Run through a practice assessment to get into the correct head space
  • Login to your Scrum.Org account
  • Navigate to the assessment page, the key details about the assessment are listed on the page
  • Click the Start Assessment button in the middle of the page
  • Enter your provided password
  • You can mark questions to return to them
  • Complete the assessment as quickly and safely as you can, as it is open book there is time pressure

Learning Paths

There is a vast collection of resources for each accountability, to support your developing mastery. They are collated by learning path:

Certification

When you have passed a Scrum.Org assessment, you can download and print your certificate. A badge will be added directly into your Scrum.Org member account profile. You will also receive an invitation to connect with Credly.

Please check your member profile to download and print your certificate. To access your profile, click on your name, which will appear at the top of any Scrum.org page, whenever you are logged into your account. Use your Scrum.org certificate and badge to represent your understanding of Scrum!