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ISTQB Certification

International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) is a software testing qualification certification organisation that operates internationally.

ISTQB is responsible for the "ISTQB Certified Tester", which is an international qualification scheme and the qualifications in the scheme are based on a syllabus. There is an examination covering the contents of the syllabus. After the examination, each successful participant receives the “ISTQB-Certified-Tester” certificate.

The Foundation Level exam tests for knowledge, not skill. It provides information about the certificate holder's level of familiarity with the most common concepts of software testing and the associated terminology. It does not require work experience. The Foundation Level exam is a stepping stone toward the Advanced Level, which is more in-depth and much more practice-oriented. Information on the knowledge and skills that need to be demonstrated in order to get the certificate can be found in the syllabi of the Levels.

Syllabi are publicly available for download from the
ISTQB® Website (http://www.istqb.org/downloads.html)
Terms used in the ISTQB® syllabi are described in the
ISTQB® Glossary (http://www.istqb.org/downloads/viewcategory/20.html)

Source:ISTQB.org

Currently ISTQB® provides 3 levels of certification:

ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL)

    ISTQB Advanced Level (CTAL)

  • Test Manager
  • Test Analyst
  • Technical Test Analyst
  • Expert Level

  • Improving the Test Process
  • Test Management
  • Test Automation (to be implemented)
  • Security Testing (to be implemented)

Exam Structure

Number of questions - 40
Exam Length (in minutes) - 60 mins + If the candidate’s native language is not the examination language, the candidate is allowed an additional 15 mins.
Breakdown of Questions per Chapter
Eligibility Criteria – None
Validity - Life Time

Time (min) Time Number of Questions Range K1(+/- 1) K2(+/- 1) K3/(+/- 1) K4(+/- 1)
Chapter 1- Fundamentals of testing 155 18% 7.17 7 to 8 4 3 --
Chapter 2 – Testing Throughout the software lifecycle 115 13% 5.32 5 to 6 4 2 --
Chapter 3 – Static Techniques 60 7% 2.77 2 to 3 2 1 --
Chapter 4 - Test Design Techniques 285 33% 13.18 12 to 15 4 2 6
Chapter5 – Test Management 170 20% 7.86 7 to 8 3 3 2
Chapter 6 – Tool Support for testing 80 9% 3.70 3 to 4 3 1 --
Total 865 100% 40 40 20 12 8

Exam Structure

Set of multiple-choice questions
The exam questions will be distributed ‘roughly’ in line with the Syllabus timings
In general,
K2 question is to be allocated 1 point.
K3 question should be allocated 2 points and
K4 question should be allocated 3 points.
However, K3 questions may be set at 1, 2, or 3 points and
K4 questions may be set at 2 or 3 points
(at the discretion of the question author)
In general, K2 questions are expected to take 2 minutes to read and answer,
K3 questions are expected to take 3 minutes
K4 questions are expected to take 4 minutes

Advanced Level- Test Analyst

Number of questions - 60
Length of Exam - 180 mins
(If the candidate’s native language is not the examination language, the candidate is allowed an additional 25% - hence 225 mins)
Breakdown of Questions per Chapter
Chapter 1: Testing Process – 9 Questions - 300 mins
Chapter 2: Test Management: Responsibilities for the Test Analyst – 3 Questions - 90 mins
Chapter 3: Test Techniques – 31 Questions - 825 mins
Chapter 4: Testing Software Quality Characteristics – 4 Questions - 120 mins
Chapter 5: Reviews – 4 Questions – 165 mins
Chapter 6: Defect Management – 4 Questions - 120 mins
Chapter 7: Test Tools –1 Question - 45 mins
Remaining questions are selectable questions

The total marks is 120. Therefore, a minimum of 78 marks(65%) is required to achieve a passing score.

Eligibility Criteria –

Foundation Level Certified and practical experience. (Refer to the your National Board to check the specific criteria used to evaluate practical experience)

Validity –

Life Time

Advanced Level- Technical Test Analyst

Number of questions - 45
Length of Exam – 120 mins
(If the candidate’s native language is not the examination language, the candidate is allowed an additional 25%)
Breakdown of Questions per Chapter
Chapter 1: The Technical Test Analyst’s Tasks in Risk-Based Testing – 2 Questions - 30 mins
Chapter 2: Structure-Based Testing – 9 Questions – 225 mins
Chapter 3: Analytical Techniques – 7 Questions – 225 mins
Chapter 4: Quality Characteristics for Technical Testing – 12 Questions – 405 mins
Chapter 5: Reviews – 5 Questions – 165 mins
Chapter 6 Test Tools and Automation – 10 Questions – 195 mins
Remaining questions are selectable questions

The total number of marks is 80. Therefore, a minimum of 52 marks is required to achieve a passing score.

Eligibility Criteria –

Foundation Level Certified and practical experience. (Refer to the your National Board to check the specific criteria used to evaluate practical experience)
Validity – Life Time

Advanced Level- Test Manager

Number of questions - 65
Length of Exam – 180 mins
(If the candidate’s native language is not the examination language, the candidate is allowed an additional 25%)
Breakdown of Questions per Chapter
Chapter 1: Testing Process - 13 Q – 420 mis
Chapter 2: Test Management – 25 Q – 750 mins
Chapter 3: Reviews – 6 Q – 180 Mins
Chapter 4: Defect Management – 4Q – 150 mins
Chapter 5: Improving the Test Process – 5Q – 135 mins
Chapter 6: Test Tools and Automation – 4Q – 135 mins
Chapter 7: People Skills - Team Composition – 7Q – 250 mins
Remaining questions are selectable questions

The total marks is 115 points. Therefore, a minimum of 75 points is required to achieve 65% passing score.

Eligibility Criteria –

Foundation Level Certified and practical experience. (Refer to the your National Board to check the specific criteria used to evaluate practical experience)

Validity –

Life Time

Foundation Level exam - Rs. 4500/-

Advance Level exam

Test Manager - Rs. 4500/-

Test Analyst - Rs. 4500/-

Technical Analyst - Rs. 4500/-

For more details visit www.istqb.in

Validity tenure for ISTQB certification
Foundation Level and Advanced Level ISTQB® certificates are valid for life.
Expert Level ISTQB® certificates are valid for five years

Benefits for Professionals

  • International recognition of acquired competences and skills on Software Testing
  • Possibility to use the logo “Certified Tester” (with identification of the specific level of certification)
  • Supports to the career path from foundation level to expert level

Pre-requisites for appearing in the exam

Foundation Level exam

- No pre-requisites

Advance Level exam/s

For Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) Holders in Computer Science or related fields

  • Foundation Level Clearance
  • 24 Months of Testing Experience in IT, Testing, Development, QA, Engineering or related fields (For any 2 sub-levels)
  • Min. 36 Months of experience mandatory for Adv. Complete Certification(For all 3 sub-levels)
  • For Non Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) Holders in Computer Science or related fields

  • Foundation Level Clearance
  • 60 Months of Testing Experience in IT, Testing, Development,QA,Engineering,or related fields

ISTQB® : International Software Testing Qualifications Board (www.istqb.org)

  • Non-profit association
  • ISTQB® is the world’s leading organization for Software Testing Certification
  • Founded in 2002 - Headquarters in Belgium
  • With own constitution, rules and regulations
  • Composed of volunteer international Testing Experts
  • Responsible for “ISTQB® Certified Tester” scheme worldwide
  • As of June 2012 the number of certifications issued has passed 250.000

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