ISTQB International Software Testing Qualifications Board

Foundation Examinations

For each of the Foundation level certifications candidates are required to sit a one hour, 40 question multiple choice examination designed to evaluate a candidate's knowledge and understanding of the syllabus.

Candidates are required to score 26 or more correct answers to pass.

Topics within the Foundation syllabi have been categorised by learning objectives, defining the level of knowledge a candidate must display for each topic. The categories are below:

  • K1 Remember, recognise and recall.
  • K2 Understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify and summarise.
  • K3 Apply in a specific context.
  • K4 Analyse to solve a problem or task.


For candidates wishing to take the ISTQB® Foundation extension examinations listed below, they must have passed the ISTQB® Foundation examination first.

  • ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level - Agile Tester (CTFL-AT)
  • ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level - Model-based Tester (CTFL-MBT)

For candidates wishing to take the ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester (CMT) exam, it is recommended that candidates are qualified in ISTQB® Foundation but this is not mandatory. The same applies for the GTB Foundation Level - Usability Tester (CTFL-UT).

Exam Fees

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Study Materials

Syallabi and sample questions to assist your study 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 allowed 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

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