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ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL)


 

The Advanced certificates are for experienced testing practitioners, and aim to demonstrate a depth of knowledge of testing topics and the ability to perform testing activities in practice.

The available modules are:

  • CTAL-TM ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Manaager
  • CTAL-TA ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Analyst
  • CTAL-TTA ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Technical Test Analyst
  • CTAL-TAE ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Automation Engineer
  • CTAL-SEC ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Security Tester

The Advanced certificates place an emphasis on practicality, gaining maximum benefit from classroom time, learning valuable skills and then applying them in the workplace. Refer to the Advanced Level Smartshow for further information.  Due to the level of difficulty ANZTB recommend candidates undertake training prior to attempting an Advanced exam. Please contact one of our Accredited Training Providers.

Qualification Guidelines

Mandatory Requirement

The ISTQB Foundation Certificate is the pre-requisite for any ISTQB® Advanced exam. Candidates who gained their ISTQB® Foundation Certification with another exam provider will be asked to provide proof.

Recommendation

The ISTQB® suggests a minimum of five years’ practical experience in software engineering (or three years' practical experience if the candidate holds a baccalaureate or equivalent degree in science or engineering).

ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Analyst

Candidates are required to sit a 3 hour, 60-question multiple choice exam designed to evaluate understanding and application of the material contained within the syllabus.

Questions are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks depending on their difficulty.  There are 120 marks available in the exam. Candidates are required to achieve a mark of 65% in order to pass.

Topics within the syllabus have been categorised by Learning Objectives, defining the level of capability a candidate must display for each topic. The three categories are:

• K2 Understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify, summarise.
• K3 Apply in a specific context.
• K4 Analyse to solve a problem or task.

Any Learning Objective is examinable, however, there are more Learning objectives than there are exam questions and so some Learning Objectives won’t be examined within an individual exam.

View the syllabus here (PDF 632KB)

ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Manager

Candidates are required to sit a 3 hour, 65-question multiple choice exam designed to evaluate understanding and application of the material contained within the Advanced Syllabus.

Questions are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks depending on their difficulty. There are 115 marks available in the exam. Candidates are required to achieve a mark of 65% in order to pass.

Topics within the syllabus have been categorised by Learning Objectives, defining the level of capability a candidate must display for each topic. The three categories are:

• K2 Understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify, summarise.
• K3 Apply in a specific context.
• K4 Analyse to solve a problem or task.

Any Learning Objective is examinable, however, there are more Learning objectives than there are exam questions and so some Learning Objectives won’t be examined within an individual exam.

View the syllabus here (PDF 701KB)

ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Technical Test Analyst

Candidates are required to sit a 2 hour, 45-question multiple choice exam designed to evaluate understanding and application of the material contained within the syllabus.

Questions are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks depending on their difficulty. There are 80 marks available in an Advanced Technical Test Analyst exam.  Candidates are required to achieve a mark of 65% in order to pass.

Topics within the syllabus have been categorised by Learning Objectives, defining the level of capability a candidate must display for each topic. The three categories are:

• K2 Understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify, summarise.
• K3 Apply in a specific context.
• K4 Analyse to solve a problem or task.

Any Learning Objective is examinable, however, there are more Learning objectives than there are exam questions and so some Learning Objectives won’t be examined within an individual exam.

View the syllabus here (PDF 479KB)

ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Automation Engineer

The Advanced Level Test Automation Engineer exam is comprised of 40 multiple choice questions, with a pass mark grade of 65% to be completed within 90 minutes. Participants who take the exam and do not speak English fluently, will receive additional 25% time, and will have 23 minutes more, or a total of 113 min.

View the syllabus here (PDF 2,842KB)

ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level - Security Tester

Candidates are required to sit a 2 hour, 45-question multiple choice exam designed to evaluate understanding and application of the material contained within the Advanced Syllabus. 

Questions are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks depending on their difficulty.  There are 80 marks available in the exam.  Candidates are required to achieve a mark of 65% in order to pass. 

Topics within the syllabus have been categorised by Learning Objectives, defining the level of capability a candidate must display for each topic. The three categories are:

• K2 Understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify, summarise.
• K3 Apply in a specific context.
• K4 Analyse to solve a problem or task.

Any Learning Objective is examinable, however, there are more Learning objectives than there are exam questions and so some Learning Objectives won’t be examined within an individual exam.

View the syllabus here (PDF1,742KB)

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Fee

The fee for any Advanced level exam is $350 + GST with NZ residents paying NZD and Australian residents paying AUD. Candidates are given one opportunity to take advantage of a 50% discount for a re-sit.

Sample Questions

Sample questions provided by the ISTQB can be downloaded here

Extra Time

Candidates who are not fluent in English will be granted an additional 25% of time to complete the exam. Candidates with a disability will be granted extra time depending on their disability. Both must be applied for at time of booking.

Translation Dictionaries

Candidates with English as a second language are permitted to use a translation dictionary. This must be paper, not a device, and the supervisor must inspect it at the published arrival time.

Postponement and Cancellation Policy

Postponements within 14 days before the scheduled exam incur a $30 + GST administration fee. Changes cannot be made 48 hours or less before the exam. Cancellations incur a $30 administration fee.

Treatment of Existing Advanced and Practitioner Certificates

  1. ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Manager certificates earned by passing exams against the 2007 Advanced Syllabus are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Test Manager certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced 2012 Syllabus.
  2. ISTQB® Advanced Functional Tester certificates earned by passing exams against the 2007 Advanced Syllabus are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Test Analyst certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced 2012 Syllabus.
  3. ISTQB® Advanced Technical Tester certificates earned by passing exams against the 2007 Advanced Syllabus are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Technical Test Analyst certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced 2012 Syllabus.
  4. ISEB Practitioner certificates earned by passing an exam taken no later than March 31, 2008 [i.e., under the original Practitioner program] are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Test Manager, Advanced Test Analyst, and Advanced Technical Test Analyst certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced Syllabi 2007 or 2012.
  5. ISEB Test Management Practitioner certificates earned by passing exams against the new ISEB Practitioner Syllabus (since April 1st, 2008) are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Test Manager certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced Syllabi 2007 or 2012.
  6. ISEB Test Analysis Practitioner certificates earned by passing exams against the new ISEB Practitioner Syllabus (since April 1st, 2008) are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Test Analyst certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced Syllabi 2007 or 2012.