Advanced Level exam structure

To get an ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level Certificate you must successfully pass the Advanced Exam administered by your Member Board or Examination Provider.

Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be issued with an ISTQB® Advanced Level Certificate, which is internationally recognized.

The exam aims to verify that the candidate has acquired the professional knowledge contained in the syllabus.

Each Advanced Level exam module (i.e. Test Manager, Test Analyst and Technical Test Analyst) has an independent exam, consisting of multiple-choice questions split 'roughly' in line with the Learning Objectives of each chapter.

Each question answered correctly scores between one and three points, reflecting the difficulty, and the candidate must reach a score of 65% to pass the exam.

The number of questions and exam timing for each module is indicated in the following table.  If the candidate's native language is not the exam language, the exam duration is increased by 25%.

 

Module Number of questions Exam Length 
(in minutes)
Exam Length + 25%
(in minutes)
Advanced Test Manager 65 180 225
Advanced Test Analyst 60 180 225
Advanced Technical Test Analyst 45 120 150

 

Exams may be taken as part of a course or taken independently (e.g. at an examination center or in a public exam.Completion of an accredited training course is not a prerequisite for the exam.

Certificate Validity

The Advanced Level certificate has a lifelong validity.

Accredited training course

Accredited training courses information can be obtained via the ISTQB® Member Boards and ISTQB® Accredited Training Providers.

Completion of an accredited training course is not a prerequisite for sitting the exam as stated above.

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