After participating in one of Mountain Goat Software's two-day Certified ScrumMaster courses, the final step in becoming a Certified Scrum Master is to pass an exam.
The exam is taken online. You do not need to go to a testing facility.
When Can I Take the Exam?
You will not take the test during the two-day course. Rather, you can take the test any time after the course.
We will submit your name to the Scrum Alliance, which is the certifying organization. Normally within a day of completing the course, you will receive an email from the Scrum Alliance.
That email will include a link to create your login credentials on the Scrum Alliance website. After doing that, you can take the online exam.
What Is the Exam Like?
The exam comprises 35 multiple-choice questions and you must get at least 24 correct. Each question is multiple choice, usually with four possible answers.
If you don't know the answer to a question, you can skip it and come back to it later.
Everything you need to know to pass the exam is covered during one of Mountain Goat Software's Certified Scrum Master courses. You will be able to refer to your course handout, including any notes you took during the course.
Is There a Time Limit?
There is no time limit on taking the exam. This means you can start the exam, get interrupted by a 3-hour meeting (yuk), and return to the exam a week later.
However, you must complete the exam within 90 days of taking your Certified Scrum Master course.
Do I See My Results Immediately?
Yes, immediately after submitting your answers, you will be told if you passed.
If you pass, you will be shown any questions you got wrong including the answer your provided and the correct answer.
If you do not pass, you will be shown the questions you missed and your answer. You will not be shown the correct answer. It will be up to you to look that up.
What Happens If I Don't Pass?
If you don't pass the exam on the first attempt, don't worry: you can take the exam a second time at no charge.
If you don't pass the second time, you can attempt the exam again. However, the Scrum Alliance does charge $25 per attempt for third and subsequent attempts.
Participants in our courses have a 98% first-time pass rate. You're going to do fine on the exam.
Can I See a Practice Exam?
The Scrum Alliance does not provide a practice exam, and you shouldn't need one.
Remember, there is no time limit on the exam and you can skip questions. Rather than spending time on a practice exam, simply log in and look at the real questions on the real exam.
One good strategy is simply making a quick pass through all questions, answering those you definitely know the answers to. Then take a second pass through questions you skipped over, taking the time to research the answers either in the course materials, your notes from the course, or resources your instructor will point you toward at the end of the course.