There are a number of ISTQB® certifications that are examined at Foundation Level. These start with the ISTQB® Foundation Level syllabus which covers the fundamentals of testing and is a pre-requisite for all other portfolio products. The agile stream focuses on testing within Agile frameworks and delivery models.
Then there are the specialist syllabi which address specific vertical topics.ISTQB® Foundation Level Specialist Syllabi
There are a number of foundation level specialist syllabi that form a part of the ISTQB® product portfolio.
Specialist modules address specific topics in a vertical way. They are built using a drill-down / deep-dive approach. They can address specific quality characteristics (e.g. Usability; Security; Performance & Acceptance) or technologies that involve specific test approaches (e.g. Model Based testing & Mobile testing). They can also be related to specific test activities (e.g. Test Automation) or for industry domains (e.g. Automotive & Gambling).
Additional Specialist modules will be defined in future on the basis of market needs, emerging technologies and new paradigms in software development.
For each of the Foundation Level certifications candidates are required to sit a 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 Level syllabi have been categorised by learning objectives, defining the level of knowledge a candidate must display for each topic. The categories are:
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.
Foundation Level (CTFL)
Foundation Level - Agile Tester (CTFL-AT)
Foundation Level - Model-based Tester (CTFL-MBT)
Foundation Level - Mobile Application Testing (CTFL-MAT)
Foundation Level - Usability Testing (CTFL-UT)
Foundation Level - Performance Testing (CTFL-PT)
Foundation Level - Acceptance Testing (CTFL-AcT)
Foundation Level - Gambling Industry Tester (CTFL-GT)
Foundation Level - Automotive Software Tester (CTFL-AuT)
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