Chapter 4 in Advanced Level Syllabus Beta version 2012 - Technical Test Analyst: Learn about Quality Characteristics for Technical Testing

In general, the Technical Test Analyst focuses testing on "how" the product works, rather than the functional aspects of "what" it does. These tests can take place at any test level. For example, during component testing of real time and embedded systems, conducting performance benchmarking and testing resource usage is important.

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Chapter 3 in Advanced Level Syllabus Beta version 2012 - Technical Test Analyst: Learn about Analytical Techniques

There are two types of analysis: static analysis and dynamic analysis.

  • Static analysis (Section 3.2) encompasses the analytical testing that can occur without executing the software. Because the software is not executing, it is examined either by a tool or by a person to determine if it will process correctly when it is executed.
  • Dynamic analysis (Section 3.3) requires the actual execution of the code and is used to find coding faults which are more easily detected when the code is executing (e.g., memory leaks).

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Chapter 2 in Advanced Level Syllabus Beta version 2012 - Technical Test Analyst: Learn about structure-based test design technique

Chapter 2  principally  describes  structure-based  test  design  techniques,  which  are  also  known  as white  box  or  code-based  test  techniques.  These  techniques  use  the  code,  the  data  and  the architecture  and/or  system  flow  as  the  basis  for  test  design.
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Why Expert?

The Expert Level extends the knowledge and experience obtained at the Advanced Level by providing in-depth, practically-oriented certifications in a range of different testing subjects. With Expert Level ISTQB® offers career paths for testers with clearly defined business outcomes. The Expert Level currently has four modules; two released and two in development:

  • Improving the Test Process
  • Test Management
  • Test Automation (in progress)
  • Security Testing (in progress)

See more information here.

Why Advanced?

The Advanced Level qualification is aimed at people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers. The Advanced Level has three specializations:

  • Test Manager
  • Test Analyst
  • Technical Test Analyst

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Why Foundation?

The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at professionals who need to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing. This includes people in roles such as test designers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and IT Professionals. See more information here.

Why ISTQB® certification?

ISTQB® Certified Tester is the most widespread qualification scheme in the world. Both the syllabi contents and glossary have become the de facto industry reference for the software testing profession.
See the advantages being ISTQB® certified and more information in the website:

CSTQB International Software Testing forum Shanghai - China Nov. 1st , 2012– Nov. 4th , 2012

The event, organized by CSTQB, is held annualy in English and Chinese, covering the following main topics:
Presentation of ISTQB® status and perspectives
-Testing Technique and Test Management
- Domain Testing
-Test Automation
-Agile Testing
- Testing industry status and perspectives
-and many more.
More information can be found in the website:

ISTQB® Recognized Mobile App

ISTQB® launches the ISTQB® Recognized Mobile Application Program. This recognition program allows suppliers of apps containing ISTQB® related contents to associate their brand with a specific ISTQB® logo and to take advantage of the ISTQB® network. Check our conditions and application form.

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in June 2014 in London

The ISTQB® decides to have the General Assembly hosted in London, England, in June 2014. The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings as well as an international conference.

ISTQB® Summit announced

The ISTQB® will organize in the 1st half of 2013 the first ISTQB® conference. This user conference will engage the community in inspiring the next steps on software testing. Stay tuned for more news.

ISTQB® Wojtec Jaszcs interview: The needs of the Process Working Group

Wojtec Jaszcs, Chair of the Process Working, talks about the needs of the Process Working Group as well as the Polish and Central European Testing Market.
Watch the interview from the following link

ISTQB® Thomas Müller interview: The foundation level and the education foundations

ISTQB® Foundation Level Working Group Chair Thomas Müller talks about the contents of the Foundation Level certification, the educational foundations of the syllabus, the learning objectives, how people can study the material, the coverage of both knowledge and skills, the value of training and books, the exam format, and the benefits for the employer.
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ISTQB® Conference Network rules updated

ISTQB® updated the rules for event organizers to join the ISTQB® Conference Network. The organizers have now a better and clear understanding on the scope and criteria required to join. You can check them in our website

ISTQB® General Assembly will meet in November 2013 in Lisbon

The ISTQB® decides to have the General Assembly hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, in November 2013. The meeting will be preceded by working group meetings as well as an international conference.

ISTQB® Graham Bath interview: How to become an expert?

Graham Bath, Expert Level Working Group Chair, talks about the needs of an Expert Level, how to become and expert and how to learn the course.
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New Glossary planned to be release in 2012

Together with ISTQB® Advanced Level Syllabi release in 2012, also a new glossary is planned to be released. Further details about the release will be published as soon as they are available. Visit our website

Improving The Testing Process - The Critical Testing Process Framework

There are various frameworks for evaluating testing processes. In this presentation we'll discuss how to use the framework to assess and improve your testing processes.
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Release of the Beta Version of the new Advanced Level (CTAL2012) Syllabus

The ISTQB® Advanced Level Syllabi 2012 is on track to be released during Fall 2012; The beta version is now available for download. Read the Press Release for more details.

ISTQB® Partner Program officially launched - Become a partner!

ISTQB® Partner Program is launched. See more detailed information in our web site

ISTQB® passes 240 000 certifications

As of March 31, 2012, The ISTQB® has issued more than 240 000 certifications worldwide. Read more information in our website

ISTQB® International Software Testing Excellence Award 2012 - Proposal submission

Submissions are open for the ISTQB® Excellence Award 2012, a prize given annually to a person or company that has made outstanding contributions to the innovation, research and awareness in the field of software quality and testing.

The New 2012 ISTQB® Advanced Level Syllabus

A long-awaited upgrade of the 2007 Advanced Level syllabus is approaching market readiness. Following market surveys of various stakeholders including training providers, businesses, and students, the scoping work commenced which has led to the creation of the 2012 version of the Advanced Level syllabus. This document provides a brief overview of the changes made and the release plan being followed by ISTQB®.

More than 200.000 certifications achieved

ISTQB® announces to have issued more than 200.000 certificates world-wide.

The document can be found here.

ISTQB General Assembly meets in Wellington next week

The ISTQB® General Assembly (GA) meets in Wellington, New Zealand next week. It is the first time the GA will meet in New Zealand and this will be the first GA of the year 2012 where the elections for the working groups will take place.

Stay tuned for more news on the GA over the next weeks.

ISTQB® defines the next General Assembly Meetings

ISTQB® constitution defines that the General Assembly (GA) has the power to approve the objectives and activities of the association; as such, it is the most important body of ISTQB® .  The GA ensuring a democratic and transparent approach that is a hallmark of the ISTQB®. Next ISTQB® GA meetings will respect the "rotation" across the various continents and are planned as follows:

  • 9th March 2012: Wellington, New Zealand
  • 8th June 2012: Tallinn, Estonia
  • 19th October 2012: Cape Town, South Africa
  • April 2013: Toronto, Canada

ISTQB® ensures its consistency world-wide

ISTQB® aims at providing uniform processes world-wide through its Member Boards; in order to ensure this goal and to collect improvement opportunities for fine tuning the scheme, ISTQB® has finalized an Audit Process that has started to be applied to its Member Boards.

ISTQB® International Testing Award

ISTQB® announce the creation of an ISTQB® International Testing Award that will be assigned yearly starting from 2012 to a prominent person in the field of software testing; more details on the eligibility process will be made available in due course.

ISTQB® TBOK (Test Body of Knowledge)

ISTQB® kicks-off activities for the creation of a comprehensive and consistent TBOK, by packaging/ enhancing the existing Glossary and Syllabi as well as incorporating the Syllabi undergoing development and additional sources of information. It is expected that the TBOK will be publicly available within two years.

The ISTQB® Glossary is kept aligned to the evolution of syllabi

The Glossary Working Group is enhancing the ISTQB® Glossary by adding new terms coming from the Expert Level syllabi as well as fine tuning existing terms; the new Version 2.2 is planned to be published in June 2012.

ISTQB® enhances Exam Rules and Structure

The ISTQB® General Assembly in Shanghai approves an enhanced set of rules related to the Exam Structure and the Exam Question Writing Rules and Recommendations; the adoption of such rules by the Member Boards and Exam Providers will further enhance the consistency of exams at international level.

ISTQB® Certified Tester Expert Level Test Manager sample Exam

ISTQB® publishes a sample exam for the Certified Tester Expert Level Test Manager; the document is intended for public availability and is aimed at providing to the candidates an example of what is expected from them in order to achieve the Expert Level certification. For the first time, an ISTQB® exam includes also essay-type questions in addition to the multiple-choice format of Foundations and Advanced level.

To access the Certified Tester Expert Level Test Manager sample exam documents please click here.

ISTQB® Expert Level Syllabus “Test Manager”

The ISTQB® Expert Level "Test Manager" syllabus is approved for official release as version 2011.

ISTQB® Expert Level Syllabus “Improving the Testing Process”

The ISTQB® announces the full release of the Expert Level Syllabus "Improving the Testing Process"; it is foreseen that training and exams will start during 2012.

The ISTQB® Advanced Level new syllabus makes further steps ahead

The ISTQB® Advanced Level Working Group defines the structure, contents, learning objectives, entry requirements and training duration of a new version of the Advanced Level Syllabus, whose general availability and deployment is planned for 2012. The ISTQB® will publicly issue within short time a summary document giving an overview of the 2012 Advanced Level Syllabus and the main differences with respect to the current version.

ISTQB® strengthens the activities on Product Definition

The ISTQB® institutionalizes a Product Development Steering Committee (PDSC) aimed at defining the roadmap for the ISTQB® overall Product Architecture roadmap (Syllabi and their relationships) as well as its deployment plan; the PDSC will gather together the ISTQB® Executives, the Chairs of the Working Groups working on Glossary and Syllabi, as well as Marketing and Exam WG Chairs; ISTQB® expects that this will lead to an optimized evolution of syllabi and other ISTQB® key deliverables in accordance with market needs.

ISTQB® refines the definition of its Core Values

The ISTQB® General Assembly in Shanghai approves an enhanced definition of the ISTQB® Core Values, that are summarized as follows: Professionalism; Knowledge sharing; Continuous learning; Openness; Non-profit independency; Integrity; Active member boards; Consistency; International presence.

ISTQB® details its “Mission” Statement

The ISTQB® General Assembly in Shanghai approves a more focused definition of the ISTQB® Mission, consisting of 10 activities that can be read in details on the ISTQB® Web Site.

ISTQB® enhances the definition of its “Vision”

The ISTQB® General Assembly in Shanghai approves an enhanced definition of the ISTQB® Vision: "To continually improve and advance the software testing profession by defining and maintaining a Body of Knowledge which allows testers to be certified, based on best practices, connecting the international software testing community, and encouraging research".

ISTQB® strengthens its presence in Social Networks.

Following the increasing demand by the Testing Community to interact with and discuss on ISTQB® related topics, ISTQB® strengthens its presence on some of the most used Social Networks and Communication Channels world-wide, including: Facebook, Linkedin, XING, YouTube, SlideShare and Twitter. By joining them, you will be able to receive official updates from ISTQB®, interact directly with ISTQB® officers and members, contribute to further development of the ISTQB® scheme and be informed about events and other news.


ISTQB® 10 Years Celebration

ISTQB® will celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary in 2012. In this period the "ISTQB® Certified Tester" scheme has become the de facto reference for certification of software testing professionals world-wide. ISTQB® would like to thank all the Certified Testers and the principal stakeholders of the scheme (Member Boards, Training Providers, Exam Providers, IT and user companies) for having contributed to such a remarkable result. ISTQB® will take the opportunity during its 10 Years Anniversary to organize a series of special activities that will be announced throughout 2012 and that are expected to pave the way towards new achievements; stay tuned on the ISTQB® Web Site and Social Networks to be promptly informed about the upcoming events.

ISTQB® Expert Level - Road Map & Principles

ISTQB® publishes a slide set summarizing the principles and road map of the Expert Level. To view the slide presentation please click here.

ISTQB® Website is enriched by updated FAQs about exams

There are now available an updated FAQs concerning ISTQB's® Examination. To access the  Exam FAQs area, please click here.

ISTQB® Foundation Level - Sample Questions

ISTQB® makes available sample exam questions for Foundation Level. To access the sample questions  please click here.

Shaping the next version of the Advanced Level Syllabus

As part of the next release of the Advanced Level Syllabus (V2.0), the ISTQB® General Assembly has decided to reduce Technical Test Analyst training to 3 days and to organize Learning Objectives in a way by which it will not be mandatory to hold a TA certificate before sitting for a TTA certificate.

New Expert level syllabus “Test Management"

The ISTQB® – Expert Level Syllabus "Test Management, Version Beta 2011" has been released as a Beta version. To access the Syllabus click here.

The number of ISTQB® certifications grows steadily

At the General Assembly held in Rome in June 2011, the ISTQB® President has reported the number of certifications as of date March 2011; the number of certifications keeps on growing at a fast pace in all countries, getting close to 180.000; on the basis of the current trends, more than 200.000 certificates will be issued by the end of 2011.

Certified Tester Expert Level Modules Overview

The CTEL (Certified Tester Expert Level) describes skills and knowledge representing mastery of a particular testing subject; the Expert Level Modules Overview provides a helicopter view about the Expert Level in general and on the three Expert Level modules on which ISTQB® is actively working: "Improving the Test Process", "Test Management" and "Test Automation".

The syllabus content for each module is described in summary form; download the Certified Tester Expert Level Modules Overview document to get more insights on the Business outcomes and Learning Objectives and on the Expert level scheme in general.

ISTQB Partner Program
Discover the program designed to support companies that invest in ISTQB® Certifications. Go to the website »»


ISTQB International Conference Network
Find out all the ISTQB® related conferences organized world-wide. Read more »»


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