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Studying for the Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) certification

Yesterday, I passed the PSM I certification exams and I decided to write this article in order to share with you all the useful resources I used.

Before you read my tips, note that I had plenty of time available and that my main purpose was to learn as much as possible about Scrum and not just get the certification.

The Scrum Guide

The Scrum Guide is a short but very dense document. It provides almost all the Scrum knowledge required in order to pass the PSM I exam. I read it many times (approx. 10).

Below you will find various links of the guide in different formats:

Online Courses

The main course I used for my study was Scrum for beginners + Scrum Master Certification Preparation by Valentin Despa.

It took me less than 3 days to (carefully) watch the videos and complete the quizzes/assignments. Then I took the offered practice tests more than 5-6 times each, ensuring that I understand each question. I did not repeat any test during the same day, to ensure that I won’t memorize anything.

Then, I bought Scrum Master certification - practice test questions. This course, offers many additional questions to practice, divided in knowledge areas.

4 days before the exam, I wanted to refresh my knowledge and understanding on the various Scrum concepts. Instead of re-watching Valentin’s videos, I bought and completed a relatively new and very promising course, Ultimate Agile & Scrum Master 2021 + Certification Prep.

Free Practice tests

I took these tests while studying Valentin’s course (he includes them as assignments), but I created a separate section for you that are just looking for free available practice material:


The suggested material is more than enough to understand Scrum and pass the PSM I exam. However, if you don’t have much time, or if you just don’t want to spend the money and time I did, you can just:

  1. read and understand the Scrum Guide
  2. buy and complete Valentin’s course

Good luck!

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