ISTQB International Software Testing Qualifications Board

Foundation Examinations

For each of the ISTQB® 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 three categories are below:

  • K1 (20 questions) Remember, recognise and recall.
  • K2 (12 questions) Understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify and summarise.
  • K3 (8 questions) Apply in a specific context.


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

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

The Fee

The fee to take any Foundation exam is $300 + GST, with NZ residents paying in NZD and Australian residents paying in AUD. Should you need to re-sit, the full fee is payable again.

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 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

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 + GST administration fee.