About SPS certification
Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS) or Nexus is a scaled Scrum framework developed by Scrum.org. SPS certificate holders have a deep understanding about Scrum framework and know how to implement Scrum in large scale project. Nexus is the simplest one among scaled Agile frameworks, but it is limited in the size of the scale. Nexus can only apply for small & medium products that consists of 3 – 9 Scrum Teams. Like other certificates, Scrum.org does not require you to attend a class training and the SPS certificate has no expiration.
The SPS online test outline:
- Number of Questions: 40
- 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: 250 USD
SPS is a 2nd level certificate like PSM II or PSPO II certificates but it is easier than the two others. However, the SPS certificate is also very difficult at the minimum passing score of 85%. In this post, I share some tips and practice tests so that you can have better preparation for the SPS exam.
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 in gaining the Scrum & Scrum at scale knowledge. You can pay for an online class training with a very cheap price to learn basic concepts of the Scrum framework and extra practices at scale.
Meanwhile, the class training is optional for the SPS, you should self-study to have a good preparation for the exam. Below are some reading recommendation:
- The Scrum Guide
- Nexus Guide
- The Scrum Master Training Manual (mplaza)
- The Scrum glossary
- The Nexus Framework for Scaling Scrum (Ken Schwaber)
- Many good articles about scaled scrum on scrum.org and below are the best two you should read:
Practice SPS questions
- Firstly, do the PSM I & SPS 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 Assessments until you pass with the score 100% consistently.
- Secondly, continue with the practice tests and mock test 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.
- 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.
SPS Exam Tips
When you are ready for the SPS 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:
- Bring some learning materials & notes to the exam because you have some time to research difficult questions in a SPS exam.
- Try to finish the test within 35-45 minutes that will give you 15-25 minutes to review.
- Don’t spend too much time on one question. Bookmark it, go to next questions then come back later.
- 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.
- 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!