How to pass Leading SAFe 4.0 Exam ?

Leading SAFe 4.0

Recently I cleared Leading SAFe 4.0 exam with 87% score.The certified SAFe 4.0 Agilist is indeed tough exam and if you lack experience in Scrum or SAFe implementation then it becomes very hard to crack this exam. In this blog, I will provide some steps which will guide you in Leading SAFe 4.0 exam preparation.  

[ Note: if you are looking for Leading SAFe 4.0  exam questions then this is not the right place.Exam questions are confidential and SAFe is very much serious about keeping them secret to maintain quality of exam]

First thing first, Two full-day training of scaled agile framework is the most important part of this certification. I would suggest that you should actively participate in the training workshop and ask as many questions you get. Write this extra information in the workbook (which will be given to you in the training)

After completing the two-day training workshop, you need to pass this exam in 30 days. Your trainer enrols you to Scaled Agile Institute after enrolment you get the welcome email, your 30-days start when you receive the welcome email.

As you have 30 days in hand and you can pause and restart exam as many time you want (within 30 days) I would suggest spending the rest week only on

(Update: 3 July 2017: With the launch of SAFe 4.5 things have changed a little bit. SA exam is timeboxed for 90 Minutes and it is closed book now Reference:

1. Revision of workbook at least twice. 
2. Read all of the details on click on each component of the framework which will provide you the in-depth description of it.
3.Try to understand all 4 levels of the framework i.e. 1. TEAM,2.PROGRAM,3.VALUE STREAM,4.PORTFOLIO
4. You need to identify the important events and ceremonies from each level
5. Spend some time on understanding every role on each level. Just, for example, ScrumMaster@team, RTE@program, VSE@valuestram
6.  You need to understand the important concepts of Lean-Agile mindset, House of Lean, 12 Agile principles, 9 SAFe principles, Built-in-Quality, Implementing 1-2-3
7 .  Pre & Post PI planning are important event try to understand purpose and importance of these events.
8. Pl Planning is the backbone of SAFe so you must be aware of this event and every aspect of this.
9. Understand WSJF and Cost of Delay relation, Lean-Agile budgeting for the value streams. 
I will keep updating this blog upon your feedback, Please let me know if you have used any other helpful resource for the study I will surely include that also.

Read my other blog: How to pass CSM test with flying colors? [Scrum Alliance]  

Update/23August2017: The few sample questions from Scaled Agile website h ttps://

Update/03Oct2017: One of the blog readers(Renjith Vallathil) suggested that  "Get SAFe Now" book helped to pass the exam. Book link: 

Update/01Nov2017: What is new in SAFe 4.5 framework is available in whitepaper "SAFe® 4.5 Introduction" Refer this page to download the copy.

Update/15Jan2018: As I am getting lot of feedback regarding SAFe 4.5, Exam success rate is came down SAFe 4.5, Some of blog readers found Dean's youtube videos very useful, Worth checking once  :  

Useful Books for SAFe Framework :
1. Get SAFe Now:
3.SAFe® 4.0 Reference Guide:
4.Tribal Unity: Getting from Teams by Creating a One Team Culture:
5.Agile Software Requirements: Lean Requirements Practices for Teams, Programs and the Enterprise:
6.Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises (Agile Software Development Series)


Submitted byVanessa Mitchell (not verified)on Fri, 12/29/2017 - 15:55

Nice information shared in this post. Many people struggle to pass SAFe 4.0 Exam but fail due to improper guidance. This post will help them for sure.

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Submitted byNada Girk (not verified)on Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:02

Thanks so much for lot of useful information. The book Get SAFe Now was an excellent recommendation that did not hear in the training. Thanks again

Submitted byChintanon Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:26

Hi Dex,

Thanks for youtube link. Indeed Dean's videos are the best. Updating the blog.

Cheers \m/


Submitted byLarry Young (not verified)on Fri, 01/26/2018 - 10:56

There are not many guidelines in the internet about SAFe exams. Yours was very helpful. Thanks a bunch.
The book Get SAFe Now by Mohammed Musthafa Soukath Ali was very simple to read with neat diagrams. It has some solid real time examples. Thanks for recommending it.
Dean's videos are great as well.

Submitted byAnonymous (not verified)on Wed, 02/21/2018 - 22:29

Thanks for the post. I am taking the course tomorrow and wanted to get a head start on it. At the time of this comment, SAFe is in 4.5. However, I have not been able to find anything about the "four levels" you outlined in your post anywhere on their website. They talk about the four 'configurations' (and Portfolio is one), but the other "levels" were not used in such context. I guess we'll see after my training, but unless they have changed their model something is not right here.

Submitted byBobby (not verified)on Tue, 02/27/2018 - 22:50

I am about to commence prep for the SPC4 exam and will utilise your tips and resources, primarily as I have an infrastructure background and no practical experience in SAFe implementations.
I wish there was a larger bank of questions with rationale to answers.

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