That’s why ISTQB software testing certification is used in more than 100 countries with 570,000+ software testing certificates issued, making it by far the #1 software testing certification in the world.
Important: American companies check with us, ASTQB, to see if you are certified, so you must register through ASTQB (this site, astqb.org) for ASTQB’s ISTQB exam!
Here are 5 easy steps to getting software testing jobs and promotions:
Foundational Testing (this is where you start) – ISTQB CTFL Mobile Testing Agile TestingUsability Testing Advanced Test Analyst (customer focus) Advanced Test Manager (leadership focus) Advanced Technical Test Analyst (code focus) Advanced Security Testing Advanced Test Automation Engineering Expert Tester – Test Management Business Analysis (requirements focus)
It’s easy to build your career with new software testing skills – just follow the testing certification path below. ASTQB and ISTQB software testing certifications are designed to build your career by proving your software testing skills.
Software Testing Career Path
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. Core certifications are more testing career focused, while specialist items are great skill building additions for anyone who does testing.
– 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?
American companies check our ASTQB list of ISTQB certified testers. If you want to work for an American company as an employee or contractor, regardless of which country you live in, you want to be in the ASTQB database. American companies check with ASTQB, not ISTQB.
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 created as original exams for those who speak English, not translated from some other language.
Our globally-recognized subject matter experts have worked very hard to create the ASTQB versions of the ISTQB exams, and we believe our exams are of a superior quality, with no trick questions. 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. Register for the ASTQB version of the ISTQB exam here.
See even more reasons why you should choose ASTQB for your software testing certification exams.
What is the exam format?
Foundation: The Foundation Level exams 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.
ISTQB Agile Tester Extension – Foundation Level: 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 software testing certification exam cost?
The Foundation Level exam is US $250
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 a software testing certification 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? Is there an exam center in my country?
Do you have a document that explains everything about ISTQB Certification?
What is the ASTQB Reasonable Accommodations Policy?
What if American English is my second language? Can I get additional time to take the exam?