PSPO 1 Exam tips

The rough break-up of knowledge areas tested in PSPO is provided below. The percentages discussed here are neither accurate quantification nor shared by Scrum.org. These are normalized ranges that are based on the feedback that the Author collected from random PSPO takers:

  • Scrum Framework and Scrum Theory: 25%
  • Product Owner Roles and Responsibilities: 20%
  • Product Backlog Management: 10% 
  • Cross-Functionality and Self-Managing: 10%
  • Maximizing the Value of the Product and the work of Developers: 10% 
  • Forecasting & Release Planning: 5% 
  • Product Vision and Product Value: 10%
  • Business Strategy, Stakeholders & Customers: 10%

So, before the exam: 

During the exam, it is very important to remember: 

  • Being concentrated on the exam during preparation is equally important as that of studying. The question arises here is how to do this? It depends on you. How to remain concentrated? Take the exam in your comfort duration (e.g., avoid selecting the morning shift exam if you’re not an early riser) and move to a silent place to take the exam.
  • Be careful with the words: sometimes you don’t pay enough attention to some of the words, and answer the simplest of questions incorrectly. Always read the question carefully, word by word. Also, make sure you’ve read all answers before choosing the desired one.
  • Be careful with questions containing “NOT”: some questions ask, for example, “which of the following is NOT a characteristic of…”, and many people forget about the “NOT”, and pick the wrong answer. You won’t believe how common this is; so, be careful not to miss this keyword.
  • Have the Scrum Guide and our Agile and Scrum Glossary to hand and use it to look up what you need
  • Provide the answer for all questions even if you are unsure about the correct answer. Just mark such questions and return them at the end and use your time to think them over.
  • Be careful with multiple answer questions: some questions ask you to choose multiple answers, and some people just don’t pay enough attention and pick one answer. All multiple answer questions use check-boxes instead of radio buttons; get used to paying attention to this as a double-check. It’s a good idea to spend a few minutes at the end of the exam, going through all the questions and only checking to see if you’ve picked multiple answers where you needed them.
  • Do not search for correct answers on the internet. Remember, you have just 60 minutes and 80 questions. Don't waste your time. 
  • If you have finished the test and have some time, re-check your answers.

PSPO 1 Exam Structure

  • There are 80 total Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer and True/False questions. which make up the Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO 1) exam
  • Passing score: 85%
  • Time limit: 60 minutes
  • Only English language is available
  • To pass the exam you need (technically) only connected internet (and of course you have to pay for the exam 200 USD) :)

Why PSPO 1 certificate? 

 As a leading framework of bringing agility in product development, Scrum continues to prove as an effective new way of working. This new way is rapidly making into many organizations, in particular, the software development divisions due to the transformational results it delivers. The central role in the Scrum Team is the Product Owner role whose responsibility is to maximize the value of the product and optimize the work of Developers. The likelihood of product success will be in jeopardy if the Product Owner doesn't fulfil the role as conceived by Scrum. So, there is an increasing need for the Product Owners and those who shape the product, to understand the full dimension of the Product Ownership in its original form and benchmark their learning. The most meritorious certificate of all that certifies Scrum Product Owner, is the Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO) by Scrum.org. In addition, here are the reasons to like this certificate. Here is the list:

  • PSPO assessment requires good knowledge of the original version of Scrum and its passing requirements are high (85%). Such stringent criteria to obtain the certification provides more teeth to its certificate than the other similar certifications provided in the marketplace
  • It is administered by a company guided by Ken Schwaber, who is one of the founders of Scrum
  • PSPO does not require any mandatory training courses
  • Once you acquire the certificate, you do not need to renew. It is a certificate for a lifetime
  • The name will be added to Scrum.org's list of Professional Scrum Product Owner 1 on their website so anyone can verify your credentials
  • There are no prerequisite qualifications for the assessment

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