How to pass the PSPO1 exam with less than 4 hours of studying?

My background/context

  • I’ve been working as a Product Owner (or proxy) for approximately five years now at various software agencies (usually doing it part-time since my main job title is Project Manager).
  • I passed PSM1 in May 2020 and studied for ~5 days then as I wasn’t sure what to expect.
  • I am genuinely interested in all things agile, and I’m always learning something new. My CV accurately states: “Willingness to learn. Everything. Always.”

Study plan

  1. I reviewed Scrum Guide (as I wasn’t that familiar with the 2020 changes)
  2. Re-read Evidence-Based Management (since I haven’t worked at a company using EBM)
  3. (suggestion) Read the Nexus guide if you’re not THAT familiar with scaling Scrum in general.
  4. (suggestion) I was thinking about re-reading The Professional Product Owner, but I had a short timebox and decided not to. But you should if you haven’t read it before. Great book!
  1. Take PSM, PSPO, Agile Lead, Evidence-Based Management (Nexus optional) open assessments until you can score 100% on every single attempt 5+ times in a row. I’m not kidding. You have a high chance of getting ~20 questions from open assessments on the real exam, so it’s worth taking the time and learning them.
  2. Take both Scrum Master & Product Owner mock tests created by the one and only Mikhail Lapshin. Your goal is to get 100% with 5+ attempts in a row BELOW 15 minutes per attempt. Yes, 60 questions in less than 15 minutes.
  3. I also took the free assessment from The Scrum Master (no need to provide a real email address). Again, your goal is to score 100% on 5+ attempts in a row in the shortest time possible.

Taking the exam

  1. Try to answer all questions as quickly as possible (it took me ~20min to go through all 80 questions during this exam)
  2. Bookmark questions you’d like to review and get back to them after the initial pass.
  3. Don’t second-guess your responses. Usually, your first answer is the correct one.
  4. Click submit and enjoy your brand new certificate!

Do I need a formal training?




IT Project Manager.

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