PSPO I Exam Guide

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PSPO I Exam Guide

Introduction

The Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) is the foundation level of the Product Owner certification program available through Scrum.org. The PSPO I is equivalent to the CSPO (Certified Scrum Product Owner) offered by Scrum Alliance. However, unlike CSPO, Scrum.org does not require you to attend a class training and the certificate has no expiration.

The PSPO I online test outline:

  • Number of Questions:       80
  • Time:                                 60 minutes
  • Question type:                   True/False, multiple choice, multiple response
  • Minimum score to pass:    85%
  • Difficulty:                            Medium
  • Language:                          English
  • Class required:                   No
  • Certification expiration:      No
  • Price:                                 200 USD

PSPO I exam is much more difficult than the CSPO exam, so you may find some troubles if you don’t practice enough. The most challenge comes from the minimum passing score of 85% which is a solid rate of accuracy. If the PSM I is the first online exam you take from Scrum.org, you need to prepare well because the Scrum you know may be not the real Scrum! In this blog, I will share some guide, tips and practice tests so you can have more preparation for your test.

Learning resources

Scrum.org does not require you to attend a class training before taking the online exam. However, joining an in-person class training with an experienced Scrum Trainer helps you a lot to gain the Scrum knowledge prepare for the PSPO I exam. Alternatively, you can pay for an online class training with a very cheap price to learn basic concepts of the Scrum framework.

Meanwhile, the class training is optional for the PSPO I, you should self-study to have a good preparation for the PSM I exam. Below are my recommendation:

Check out my Scrum training videos at Youtube channel Agile Education

Reading:

  1. The Scrum Guide
  2. The Scrum Master Training Manual (mplaza)
  3. The Scrum glossary 
  4. Relevant posts on the Scrum.org forums
  5. Scrum – A pocket Guide
  6. Scrum: the art of doing twice the work in half time by Jeff Sutherland

Practice PSPO I questions

  1. Firstly, do the Open Assessment on Scrum.org, check the explanation of the wrong answers and find the relevant knowledge in Scrum Guide or other resources to understand the answers.
    • Repeat the Open Assessment until you pass with the score 100% consistently.
  2. Secondly, continue with the practice tests in the end of this post.
    • The practice tests are designed for learning purpose without timer, so you should read the questions carefully and research the knowledge if you don’t know yet. Above all, it doesn’t matter with the score you get in the end, just focus on the explanation, especially at the wrong answers to understand thoroughly.
    • Repeat the practice tests to get the score of 90% or over consistently.
  3. During the preparation, if you have any tough question or something to ask, please send it to me in the comment box or search the question in the Scrum questions area.

PSPO I Exam Tips

When you are ready for the PSPO I exam, just go ahead. You need to register an account at Scrum.org then buy the assessment with a credit card. After the payment process is complete, the password to take the assessment will be sent to your mail box, then you can sit anywhere with an internet connection to do the test.  Below are some tips that can help you do better:

  1. Don’t bring learning materials to the exam. Believe me, you don’t have time to research. Instead, just prepare with you some questions that you usually had the wrong answers.
  2. Try to finish the test within 35-45 minutes that will give you 15-25 minutes to review.
  3. Don’t spend too much time on one question. Bookmark it, go to next questions then come back later.
  4. There is always a certain questions that you answered incorrectly by mistake, i.e. overlook what has been asked, misunderstand the English …Therefore, a good tips is that you should reserve sometimes to review all questions.
  5. Finally, if you fail at the first attempt. Don’t panic, Scrum.org will send an email to you with details of what domain you need to improve. Continue learning and practicing until you gain more confidence. After that, you would find the test would be much easier for you!

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