Last Thursday I decided to to become a certified scrum master. So, I visited Scrum Alliance website and checked out different Certifications and decided to register for CSM program.
I had to take 2 days online training, there were 3 options available for 13th and 14th February. I selected one that was boasting about above 4.5 avg rating on google.
The moment I paid for the class and test ( 19999INR plus GST = around 24500 rs) I got a call from them. They confirmed that they got my payment and will be sending me materials.
As promised they did over 2 days. Thursday and Friday I got Scrum guide and workbook. There were 2017 and 2020 scrum guides.
Saturday the class started with 35 aspirants and the instructor. Every 1.5 hrs we had 10 mins break and lunch time started around 1pm. Lunch time lasted for 1 hr. Class continued till 6 pm for two days.
The instructor was really good. One thing to remember, I have experience of 8hrs working in Agile scrum environment. So it was easier for me to pick up things and understand. The instructor gave enough clues about what kind of questions might come.
I took the exam around 8pm on Sunday. It was open book. Mainly because the testing is done to check your understanding. so, you do not find direct answers in the scrum guide. By the way, the exam was held on scrum guide 2020 and not 2017. You have to answer 50 questions in 1 hour and have to get 37 questions right to pass the exam. And in case one fails, there are 2 free attempts and after that you need to pay $25.
The instructor suggested to take the exam within 2 days, I took it same night after going though the scrum guide and handbook. and it was fairly easy. Some questions were not very straight forward. But you will have enough t pass the test.