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.

CTFL (Certified Tester Foundation Level) Syllabus Edition 2011

ISTQB® announces the public availability of Foundation Level syllabus version 2011.

The updated version fixes a few inconsistencies and formatting issues; since the changes do not affect any Learning Objective, no re-accreditation of training material is required and no impact is foreseen in the exam structure; the CTFL Syllabus Edition 2011 is available in the Download area, accompanied by its Release Note.

Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL) Progresses

At the Prague Meeting, the Advanced Level Working Group has reported substantial improvements to the CTAL syllabus, in terms of both structure and contents; a new release is planned for the beginning of 2012.

New member Board – Tunisia

The ISTQB® General Assembly approves the application of a new Member Board – Tunisia, increasing the availability of ISTQB® exams in Africa; the number of National/ Regional Boards sums up to 48, covering countries that represent over 90% of the worldwide GDP. See the full list of Regional and National Boards.

ISTQB® appoints new Chairs for the Audit Working Group

In order to ensure the consistency of the exams world-wide, ISTQB® has defined a comprehensive set of processes covering all the ISTQB® core activities (examination, accreditation, etc.); the Audit Working Group has the mandate to verify that all National Boards / Examination Provides/ Training Providers strictly adhere to the defined processes and rules.

ISTQB® has approved the Audit Working Group Responsible:

  • Chair: Raynald Korchia
  • Vice Chair: Eric Riou du Cosquer

ISTQB® thanks the Audit Chair and Vice-Chair for their dedication.

ISTQB® elects the New Executive Committee

During the Prague General Assembly, the representatives of the National Boards have elected the new Executive Committee for 2011-2012. The President and Vice President have been confirmed in their roles; new persons have been appointed in the Treasurer and Secretary roles.

ISTQB® President: Yaron Tsubery, from the Israeli Testing Board

ISQTB® Vice-President: Chris Carter, from the Australia New Zealand Testing Board

ISTQB® Treasurer: Mitko Mitev, from the South East Europe Testing Board

ISTQB® Secretary: Eric Riou du Cosquer, from the French Testing Board

The new Executive Board will be heading the ISTQB® for the next two years.



ISTQB® defines the next General Assembly Meetings

ISTQB® constitution defines that the General Assembly (GA) has the power to enable the realization of the objectives and activities of the association; as such, it is the most important body of ISTQB®, ensuring the democratic and transparent approach that marks the ISTQB®. Next ISTQB® GA meetings are planned as follows:

  • June 2011: Rome, Italy
  • October 2011: Shanghai, China
  • March 2012: New Zealand
  • July 2012: Tallinn, Estonia

BCS withdraws ISEB Test Practitioner scheme in favor of ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced level certification scheme

As a consequence of the Agreement signed in March 2010 between UKTB and ISEB, the ISEB Practitioner qualification scheme has been phased out and the two ISEB Practitioner exams (Test Management and Test Analysis) have been withdrawn from the 1st February 2011.

ISTQB® have defined a Grandfathering scheme between the ISEB Practitioner certificates and the ISTQB® Certified Tester Advanced Level certifications that is explained in details in the attached Mapping Document.