The Mission of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB)

Our mission is to promote professionalism in Software Testing in the United States. We do this by providing and administering quality exams for the ISTQB and IQBBA certification schemes, by supporting and facilitating training providers in delivering high quality courses, by actively engaging in the ISTQB working groups, and by supporting efforts to develop and encourage people who are already in or are entering the software testing profession.

About ISTQB exams offered by ASTQB through AT*SQA

ISTQB exams are created by the national boards and some exam boards to provide easy access to exams worldwide.  ASTQB’s ISTQB exams are built by the American board to be user-friendly and must meet the following criteria:

  1. Each question for ASTQB’s ISTQB exam is written by a person who has successfully completed an examination writing course and holds at least one Advanced level certification.
  2. Each question is also reviewed and approved by at least two other examination writers.
  3. ASTQB’s ISTQB exam question performance is carefully monitored via psychometric analysis to ensure:
    • The question is performing correctly (the right proportion of people are getting it right).
    • The question is fair with no misleading or easily mistaken wording.
    • Each distractor (wrong answer) is fair and clear.
    • The question is a valid test of the examinee’s knowledge and is matched to the material in the syllabus and the learning objective.
    • The correct answer is indisputable (not based on opinion).
  4. Each ASTQB’s ISTQB exam question is matched to the specific learning objective in the syllabus.
  5. Questions are balanced among the learning objectives of the syllabus.

Register for the ISTQB exam now via ASTQB and our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA.

ISTQB Certification exams are not the same. With the exam offered in so many languages, translating it can make for some challenges. That’s why the ASTQB version of the exam offered by our exam provider, AT*SQA, is created by native speaking American English technical experts. You don’t have to worry about second-guessing odd translations – the ASTQB version of the exam is clear and understandable. When you pass ASTQB’s ISTQB exam, potential employers know you understood the English in it. If you want to work as an employee or contractor for an American company, you will want to register for the ISTQB exam now through ASTQB and our exam provider, AT*SQA.

ASTQB’s professional approach to exam development has resulted in the ASTQB’s exams consistently performing well and resulting in the proper certification of the examinees. The ASTQB has exams for all Foundation and Advanced level certifications and the Expert level Test Management certification, so you can take all of your testing certification exams through ASTQB.

As a bonus, taking your ISTQB Certification exam through ASTQB gives you access to ASTQB-only benefits. Examples include:

  • Live webinars on software testing
  • Local group sponsorships
  • Software tester podcasts
  • Software testing white papers
  • Software testing news and information

Register for the ISTQB exam now through ASTQB and our exam provider, AT*SQA.

Read what this tester wrote to us: “Getting involved with the ASTQB has been a great opportunity for my organization and for me personally. Gaining exposure to industry standards, receiving information via email and from the newsletters, and learning more about the software testing community have all been benefits reaped by working with the ASTQB. My organization learned about an opportunity to improve our communication, both internally and externally, and we are excited to take the next step in our never-ending journey of continuous improvement!”

Choosing the ASTQB-created ISTQB Certification exam is smart in so many ways! Get started on your ASTQB path to ISTQB Certification: Register for the ISTQB exam now through ASTQB.


What is the difference between ASTQB and ISTQB?

ASTQB is the country board for ISTQB Software Tester Certification in the U.S. These board members are a group of highly experienced experts in software testing who volunteer their time to the development, maintenance, and promotion of the certification in this country. ISTQB is the International Software Testing Qualifications Board that is composed of representatives from each national board, such as the ASTQB. The ISTQB decides on the global standards for certification. The result is that you are able to earn a truly global software tester certification, but do so via a country board that understands the language and logistics needs of your country. More information is found below.

NOTE: If you work for an American company, or might someday, regardless of whether you are located in the U.S., you should get your ISTQB certification only from ASTQB. American companies check with ASTQB, not ISTQB, to know if you are an ISTQB certified tester.


What is ASTQB?

ASTQB was founded in 2003 as the American Testing Board. In April 2005, the name was changed to the American Software Testing Qualifications Board.

Through the involvement of the world’s foremost experts in software testing, the program was developed for software professionals who want to prepare today’s professionals by anticipating tomorrow’s software testing demands.

The ASTQB is a group of highly experienced experts in software testing who volunteer their time to the development, maintenance, and promotion of the ISTQB Certified Tester program in the U.S. They also represent U.S. interests internationally as the national board for the U.S. within the ISTQB. The ASTQB is a non-profit organization. Exam and accreditation fees are charged to cover the cost connected with the administration of exams, applications for accreditation, the maintenance of a physical office, exhibits at leading software testing conventions, and the employment of administrative staff.