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Is there a significant difference between PSM 1 and PSM 2

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( 4 months ago ) offers two Professional Scrum Master certifications, PSM 1 and PSM 2 (also PSM 3 which I'm not concerned with here). Both appear to have the same syllabus, and test knowledge of the same course (Professional Scrum Master). Both list their difficulty of questions as 'Intermediate'.

Is there actually a difference in the subject matter tested, or is level 2 simply a more in depth test of the knowledge?



( 4 months ago )

There is no significant difference in the subject matter tested, both assess your competence regarding scrum principles and methodology.

The difference is in knowledge vs understanding & practice:

PSM I focuses on your knowledge of the material, the test itself mainly consists of multiple-choice Q&A to test what you know about scrum.

PSM II on the other hand, focuses more on the practice and real-world situations: The test itself has multiple essay questions, how you would respond in such and such situations. PSM II is also considered a more advanced level exam and it is harder to take.


As Majaii's answers states, the essay questions were removed from PSM II (now there are some in PSM III). Nevertheless, the statement that PSM II focuses more on the practice of the principles of SCRUM is still true.

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