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Study Guide for Professional Agile Leadership Certification

The assessment is difficult; preparation is required to achieve a passing score. Reading the Scrum Guide and taking the Open Assessments alone isn’t typically enough preparation and we recommend reviewing the content below

Assessment Details

Passing score: 85%
Time limit: 60 minutes
Number of Questions: 36
Format: Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer and True/False
Difficulty: Intermediate
Language: English only
Required course: None
Recommended courses:Professional Agile Leadership Essentials (PAL-e) with Certification
Practice Assessment: Agile Leadership OpenScrum Open 

Passwords have no expiration date, but if you take the assessment within 14 days of the class and are not successful, you will receive a second attempt included.

Table of Contents

Professional Agile Leadership I

To prepare we recommend you read this blog about Scrum Values written by Gunther Verheyen, read the Scrum Guide and review the material listed on the Suggested Reading page and in the Agile Leader Learning Path.

Delivering products is complex work and for more than 25 years, people have been using Scrum to do so; leaders are increasingly focused on how they can help their organizations become more agile.  The PAL I assessment includes questions from the following Focus Areas as defined in the Professional Scrum Competencies

This assessment will challenge your thinking; if you are not working from a servant-leadership mindset, and are not prepared to place a high level of trust in the hands of those you lead, you will likely struggle to pass the PAL I assessment. Below are some resources for learning more about Professional Agile Leadership and preparing for the Professional Agile Leadership I (PAL I) certification assessment.

Preparing for PAL I

Scrum resources:


Build your Scrum muscle memory by engaging in discussions and practicing Scrum fundamentals with your team.

  • Practice Assessments
    • Take the Agile Leadership Open assessment until you are comfortable with the content. Feedback will be provided on the Open, but not on the certification assessment.
    • Take the Scrum Open Assessment until you are comfortable with the content. The Scrum Open assessment is a learning tool, and thus feedback is provided during the test.
    • If you are a developer, also take the Scrum Developer Open Assessment. This assessment looks at a number of software development practices and techniques that support building high-quality and high-value products in a Scrum Team. 
    • If you are responsible for maximizing the value of a product, take the Product Owner Open Assessment. This assessment helps strengthen knowledge on the role of the Product Owner in Scrum.
  • Apply Scrum in your workplace. As you do, stop to reflect on whether you’re taking advantage of all of the opportunities that the Scrum framework offers, or if you’re using ScrumBut.
  • Be conscious of your decisions as you adapt and evolve with project complexity and team member’s old habits. Think about why Scrum is structured the way it is, and how the Scrum framework differs from traditional management practices.

Once you have solidified your Scrum knowledge and understanding, you’re ready to validate it with an Assessment!