Exam questions

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ISTQB® exams are organized in a consistent way world-wide and are based on a precisely defined number of questions, varying depending on the certification level.

 

MODULE

NUMBER OF
QUESTIONS

EXAM LENGTH
(IN MINUTES)

EXAM LENGTH FOR
NON NATIVE LANGUAGE

FOUNDATION

40

60

75

AGILE TESTER

40

60

75

MODEL-BASED TESTER

40

60

75

ADVANCED TEST MANAGER

65

180

225

ADVANCED TEST ANALYST

40

120

150

ADVANCED TECHNICAL TEST ANALYST

45

120

150

ADVANCED SECURITY TESTER

45

120

150

ADVANCED TEST AUTOMATION ENGINEER

40

90

113

ADVANCED AGILE TECHNICAL TESTER

40

90

113

EXPERT - IMPROVE THE TEST PROCESS
PART 1 – ASSESSING THE TEST PROCESS

40 + ESSAY

135

169

EXPERT - IMPROVE THE TEST PROCESS
PART 2 – IMPLEMENTING TEST PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

40 + ESSAY

135

169

EXPERT - TEST MANAGEMENT
PART 1 – STRATEGIC TEST MANAGEMENT

40 + ESSAY

135

169

EXPERT - TEST MANAGEMENT
PART 2 – OPERATIONAL TEST MANAGEMENT

40 + ESSAY

135

169

EXPERT - TEST MANAGEMENT
PART 3 – MANAGING THE TEST TEAM

40 + ESSAY

135

169

USABILITY

40

60

75

GAMBLING INDUSTRY TESTER

40

60

75

MOBILE APPLICATION TESTING

40

60

75

PERFORMANCE TESTING

40

90

113

ACCEPTANCE TESTING

40

60

75

AUTOMOTIVE SOFTWARE TESTER

40

60

75

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To learn more about ISTQB® exams, consult the Exam FAQs. Take a look at the sample exams made available by ISTQB®. You can find them inside every syllabus folder in Download area.

For more details on exam structure please refer to the ISTQB® Exam Information document.

What are K-levels?

A K-level, or Cognitive level, is used to classify learning objectives according to the revised taxonomy from Bloom [Anderson 2001]. ISTQB® uses this taxonomy to design its syllabi examinations.

Questions with different K-levels may be awarded with different pre-defined scores to reflect their cognitive level.

The Foundation and Advanced exams cover four different K-levels (K1 to K4):

  • K1 (Remember) = The candidate should remember or recognize a term or a concept.
  • K2 (Understand) = The candidate should select an explanation for a statement related to the question topic.
  • K3 (Apply) = The candidate should select the correct application of a concept or technique and apply it to a given context.
  • K4 (Analyze) = The candidate can separate information related to a procedure or technique into its constituent parts for better understanding and can distinguish between facts and inferences.

The Expert level exams include five different K-levels (K2 to K6), with the two additional higher K-levels:

  • K5 (Evaluate) = The candidate may make judgments based on criteria and standards. He detects inconsistencies or fallacies within a process or product, determines whether a process or product has internal consistency and detects the effectiveness of a procedure as it is being implemented.
  • K6 (Create) = The candidate puts elements together to form coherent or functional whole. Typical application is to reorganize elements into a new pattern or structure, devise a procedure for accomplishing some task or invent a product.

 

[Anderson 2001] Anderson, L. & Krathwohl, D. A. (2001) Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives New York: Longman

Counterfeit Certificate Warning !

The popularity and recognition of the ISTQB® scheme world-wide has become so high, that counterfeit certificates are now in circulation.

To verify the authenticity of your ISTQB® certificate or ISTQB® Exam Provider, or if you are suspicious about the way any training or exams are conducted, please contact the ISTQB® Member Board nearest to you, providing details of the certificate and of the Exam/ Training Provider.