ISTQB

ISTQB Foundation Level exam structure

To get an ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level Certificate you must successfully pass the Foundation Exam administered by your National or Regional Board or Examination Provider.

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be issued with an ISTQB® Foundation Level Certificate, which is internationally recognized.

The exam aims to verify that the candidate has acquired the professional knowledge contained in the syllabus.

The Foundation Level exam is characterized by:

  1. 40 multiple-choice questions
  2. a scoring of 1 point for each correct answer
  3. a pass mark of 65% (26 or more points)
  4. a duration of 60 minutes (or 75 minutes for candidates taking exams that are not in their native or local language).

Exam questions are distributed across K-levels, which represent deepening levels of knowledge, as shown in the following table:

ExamNumber of questions per K levels
K1K2K3K4Total
Foundation2012840

Exam questions are distributed across Syllabus chapters as shown in the following table:

ExamNumber of questions per Chapter
Ch. 1Ch. 2Ch. 3Ch. 4Ch. 5Ch. 6Total
Foundation763128440

Exams may be taken as part of a course delivered by an Accredited Training Provider or taken independently at an examination center or in a public exam.

The typical duration of the Foundation Level Training offered by an Accredited Training Provider is 3 days. Completion of an accredited training course is not a prerequisite for participating to the exam.

Please refer to the Web Sites of the ISTQB® Member Boards and ISTQB® Accredited Training Providers for exam and training availability.

ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Exam Structure

Similar to the Foundation Level Certification exam, the Agile Tester Certification exam will comprise of 40 multiple choice questions, with a pass mark of 65% to be completed within 60 minutes.

Accredited training providers

Exams may be taken as part of a course delivered by an Accredited Training Provider or taken independently at an examination center or in a public exam.

The typical duration of the Agile Certification Training offered by an Accredited Training Provider is 2 days. Completion of an accredited training course is not a prerequisite for participating to the exam.

Please refer to the Web Sites of the ISTQB® Member Boards and ISTQB® Accredited Training Providers for exam and training availability.

ISTQB Advanced Level exam structure

To get an ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level Certificate you must successfully pass the Advanced Exam administered by your Member Board or Examination Provider.

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be issued with an ISTQB® Advanced Level Certificate, which is internationally recognized.

The exam aims to verify that the candidate has acquired the professional knowledge contained in the syllabus

Each Advanced Level exam module (i.e. Test Manager, Test Analyst and Technical Test Analyst) has an independent exam, consisting of multiple-choice questions split 'roughly' in line with the Learning Objectives of each chapter.

Each question answered correctly scores between one and three points, reflecting the difficulty, and the candidate must reach a score of 65% to pass the exam.

The number of questions and exam timing for each module is indicated in the following table. If the candidate's native language is not the exam language, the exam duration is increased by 25%.

ModuleNumber of questionsExam Length (in minutes)Exam Length + 25% (in minutes)
Advanced Test Manager65180225
Advanced Test Analyst60180225
Advanced Technical Test Analyst45120150

Exams may be taken as part of a course or taken independently (e.g. at an examination center or in a public exam.Completion of an accredited training course is not a prerequisite for the exam.

Certificate Validity

The Advanced Level certificate has a lifelong validity.

Accredited training course

Accredited training courses information can be obtained via the ISTQB® Member Boards and ISTQB® Accredited Training Providers.

Completion of an accredited training course is not a prerequisite for sitting the exam as stated above.

ISTQB - iSQI
Exam CodeExam NamePrice
CTFL_001_INDISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (Syllabus 2011, IND only) INR 8500
CTFL-ATISTQB® Certified Tester - Foundation Level Extension, Agile Tester< INR 8500
CTAL-TM_Syll2012ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Manager (Syllabus 2012, worldwide except D, A, CH) INR 10600
CTAL-TA_Syll2012ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Analyst (Syllabus 2012, worldwide except D, A, CH, GB)INR 10600
CTAL-TTA_Syll2012ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level - Technical Test Analyst (Syllabus 2012, worldwide except D, A, CH, GB)INR 10600