5 reasons you must register for the ISTQB exam through ASTQB, the American Software Testing Qualifications Board
It helps you get a job with a U.S. company. American companies check with us, ASTQB, not ISTQB. If you want to work in the U.S. or for a U.S. company from your home country, you want to be in our ASTQB list of ISTQB certified testers. You can only get on that list by taking your ISTQB exam from ASTQB. (Remember, even if you take the exam here in the U.S., you must choose the ASTQB exam or you won’t show up in the official U.S. list.)
U.S. employers prefer ISTQB certification from ASTQB, the American Software Testing Qualifications Board. Getting your ISTQB certification through ASTQB helps prove that you can work in an American English-speaking environment. A U.S. hiring manager told us that if he is choosing between someone who received their ISTQB certification from ASTQB or some other ISTQB exam provider, they will always choose the one who took the ISTQB exam from ASTQB, all else being equal. This manager said that taking the ASTQB version demonstrates they have better communication skills for an English-language software quality environment.
ASTQB exams are fairer to you. ASTQB’s ISTQB exam questions are designed to be fair, with no misleading or easily mistaken wording. ASTQB exams are created to the latest accepted standards for quality examinations. Testers who have taken both the American (ASTQB) and non-ASTQB versions of the ISTQB exam have told us there is a real difference between the exams, and they prefer the ASTQB version of the exam.
Additional Information About ISTQB Exams
ISTQB exams are created by the national boards and some exam boards to provide easy access to exams worldwide. ASTQB’s ISTQB exams are built by the American board to be user-friendly and must meet the following criteria:
Each question for ASTQB’s ISTQB exam is written by a person who has successfully completed an examination writing course and holds at least one Advanced level certification.
Each question is also reviewed and approved by at least two other examination writers.
ASTQB’s ISTQB exam question performance is carefully monitored via psychometric analysis to ensure:
The question is performing correctly (the right proportion of people are getting it right).
The question is fair with no misleading or easily mistaken wording.
Each distractor (wrong answer) is fair and clear.
The question is a valid test of the examinee’s knowledge and is matched to the material in the syllabus and the learning objective.
The correct answer is indisputable (not based on opinion).
Each ASTQB’s ISTQB exam question is matched to the specific learning objective in the syllabus.
Questions are balanced among the learning objectives of the syllabus.
ISTQB Certification is the de facto international standard. However, with the exam offered in so many languages, translating it can make for some challenges. That’s why the ASTQB version of the exam is created by native speaking American English technical experts. You don’t have to worry about second-guessing odd translations – the ASTQB version of the exam is clear and understandable. When you pass ASTQB’s ISTQB exam, potential employers know you understood the English in it. If you want to work as an employee or contractor for an American company, that’s why you want to register for the ISTQB exam now through ASTQB.
ASTQB’s professional approach to exam development has resulted in the ASTQB’s exams consistently performing well and resulting in the proper certification of the examinees. The ASTQB has exams for all Foundation and Advanced level certifications and the Expert level Test Management certification, so you can take all of your testing certification exams through ASTQB.
As a bonus, taking your ISTQB Certification exam through ASTQB gives you access to ASTQB-only benefits. Examples include:
Read what this tester wrote to us: “Getting involved with the ASTQB has been a great opportunity for my organization and for me personally. Gaining exposure to industry standards, receiving information via email and from the newsletters, and learning more about the software testing community have all been benefits reaped by working with the ASTQB. My organization learned about an opportunity to improve our communication, both internally and externally, and we are excited to take the next step in our never-ending journey of continuous improvement!”