How to prepare for Certified Scrum Master exam

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Below we are sharing the detailed steps for becoming CSM.

In the current fast paced and rapidly evolving software industry it’s very important that you immediately respond to changes and adapt  accordingly. This requires you to be aware of the latest Agile and Scrum practices and follow them. During the last few years, demand for Scrum Master has increased substantially.

What is a Scrum Master?

A Scrum Master is someone who understands the Agile and Scrum concepts and help the team to apply them, so that they are more open to change and respond quickly. His role involves removing any impediments to progress of the team, facilitate meetings, and work with Product Owner. A certification of Scrum Master will help you gain a recognition that you are well versed with the Scrum practices.

Certified Scrum Master certification is conducted by Scrum Alliance.

Requirements and Preparation

Below are steps you will have to follow for becoming CSM.

Step 1:- Before you appear for the exam you will have to attend the mandatory CSM training from a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer. Training is a 2 day workshop which covers all aspects of Agile and Scrum needed for clearing the exam. Generally the training cost includes the exam fee and 16 Scrum Education Units(SEUs).

Step 2:- Once you have completed the training appear for the online exam. To clear the exam you will have to correctly answer 24 out of 35 questions.

Exam Pattern

It’s an open book exam which you can give from your home also. You just need a desktop/laptop and access to internet. Exam is objective based. Around 70% is the passing score for exam. Most of the questions you will get will be covered in the class room training under different scenarios. Questions in exam are based on the Agile and Scrum best practices. Some questions are direct while many are scenario based.

Cost

Total cost of exam + training comes to around USD 1299 in USA and around Rs 25000 in India.

Practice Questions

You can refer to some good practice exam questions here.