Software Testing Certification demonstrates a software tester’s knowledge of software testing. The de facto standard globally and in the U.S. is ISTQB Software Tester Certification, as it is used in more than 70 countries with more than 400,000 certificates issued. It is an important standard by which many software testers are hired and evaluated.
If you want to know why certification is good for you as a software tester, manager, company or consultant, you can first learn why you should choose ASTQB / ISTQB software testing certification.
If you scroll down, you can also see the steps to ISTQB software testing certification and ASTQB mobile tester certification.
Click on these links to learn about specific levels and types of certification:
If you would like to know everything about ISTQB in one document, then the “ISTQB in a Nutshell” PDF or the simple ISTQB Software Testing Certification video overview are great choices.
Further below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about software testing certification. The exam costs are as follows:
Of course, great pricing isn’t the only reason testers choose ISTQB Certification from ASTQB, the U.S. country board for ISTQB. Testers love ASTQB-built tests because they are of the highest quality: each question is fair with no misleading or easily mistaken wording. See a full list of reasons you take your ISTQB Certification exam from ASTQB. As an added bonus, taking your ISTQB Certification exam through ASTQB gives you exclusive access to the ASTQB Career Center, among other great certified tester benefits.
Note that ASTQB recommends that you prepare for the ISTQB exam by utilizing an ASTQB-accredited training provider or by using self-study materials such as the ISTQB syllabi and glossary. We cannot confirm the accuracy or authenticity of other, non-accredited online test preparation sites or materials. You may also find these software testing books and publications to be useful.
Note: If you wish to take the Agile Extension exam, you must first submit proof of CTFL certification to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to be granted access to register for the exam at a test center.
– Advanced Level certifications are considered either “Core” or “Specialist” certifications as noted above.
– If you wish to take an Advanced Level exam, you must first submit proof of CTFL certification and a resume and/or employer verification of 3 years experience to email@example.com. In the cover email, the examinee must state that the information contained in the resume or employer verification is accurate and complete to the best of his/her ability.
Note: If you wish to take any of the three Expert Level Test Manager exams, you must first submit proof of the appropriate CTAL-TM certification and a resume and/or employer verification of 5 years experience as a test manager to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the cover email, the examinee must state that the information contained in the resume or employer verification is accurate and complete to the best of his/her ability.
Why are ASTQB-created exams better than other ISTQB exam options?
Creation of the ISTQB exams is the responsibility of the individual member country boards, so that they best reflect the specific country’s language, usage and terms. Unlike other English-language based ISTQB exams that you might stumble upon, ASTQB exams are specifically created for U.S. English. While we are admittedly biased, our recognized subject matter experts have worked very hard to create these exams, and we believe our exams are of a superior quality. This makes for a better exam-taking experience for you.
In addition, don’t forget about all of ASTQB-only benefits such as the searchable directory of certified testers, the ASTQB Career Center, ASTQB webinars, ASTQB white papers, ASTQB local group sponsorships, and so many other benefits that are exclusive to those who have taken their exam via ASTQB.
Bottom line, you can’t make a better choice than the ASTQB exams if you seek a U.S.-English exam.
What is the exam format?
Foundation: The Foundation Level exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions designed to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the entire Foundation syllabus. A grade of 65% or better must be attained in order to pass. The exam is a closed book exam. You have 60 minutes to finish.
Agile Extension: The Agile Extension exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions designed to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the Agile syllabus. A grade of 65% or better must be attained in order to pass. The exam is a closed book exam. You have 60 minutes to finish.Proof of CTFL certification is required in order to be granted access to register for the exam at a test center. An email to email@example.com containing the exact name on the CTFL certificate will accomplish this.
Advanced: Each of the Advanced Level exams is composed of multiple-choice questions that vary in points awarded by knowledge level. They correspond to the three different subject areas: “Technical Test Analyst,” “Test Analyst,” and “Test Manager.”
All three areas must be passed with a grade of 65% or better in order to receive the full Advanced Level certification. You may sit for only one Advanced Level Exam at a time. See the webinar on the Advanced Level syllabi on the syllabi page for more information.
Expert: The Expert Level is quickly evolving and adding new modules. See the Expert Level Syllabi for a full listing of available or upcoming Expert Level certifications.Expert Level Test Management consists of three exams:
In order to achieve “CTEL-TM Full” (Certified Tester Expert Level – Test Management Full) all three exams must be passed with a 65% passing score. And one must first qualify by passing the the CTAL-TM (Certified Tester Advanced Level – Test Manager) and submitting proof that you have five years of full-time experience in test management.
Each of the exams consists of multiple choice and essay questions, and examinees must choose to answer two of the three essay questions provided.
Scoring: Your score is determined as follows:
When you take any of the exams at a test center, you will not receive your score at the end, since your essays need to be graded by our team of experts. This can take three to four weeks.
See the Expert Level Syllabi for additional information.
Does everybody take the exact same exam?
How much does the exam cost?
When is payment of the exam fee due?
May I take the exam again if I do not pass?
Do I have to take a course in order to take the exam?
Is there an exam center in my part of the United States?
Can I take the exam via ASTQB even if I’m not in the United States?
Do you have a document that explains everything about ISTQB Certification?
What is the ASTQB Reasonable Accommodations Policy?
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities needing a reasonable accommodation to take the ISTQB Foundation or Advanced Level exam should provide written notice to Lois Kostroski, Executive Director, at American Software Testing Qualifications Board, 15619 Premiere Drive, Suite 101, Tampa, FL 33624 USA at least 14 days prior to the exam.Individuals requesting a reasonable accommodation may be required to provide certification of their disability or need for reasonable accommodation so that ASTQB can determine what accommodation, if any, will be provided.
What if American English is my second language? Can I get additional time to take the exam?