Get a Game Testing Job in 4 Steps

Logo of the Official US List of Certified Testers

Before you see the 4 steps to becoming a tester of electronic games, it’s important to know this: Game companies want to hire testers who have ISTQB certification from ASTQB and our exam provider AT*SQA.

Below are just some of the U.S. game companies that have posted jobs asking for the applicant to have ISTQB certification. Recognize these names?

  • Activision Blizzard (maker of Call of Duty, Overwatch, World of Warcraft and other games)
  • Epic Games (games such as Fortnite)
  • Riot Games (games such as League of Legends) – listen to our interview with a tester from Riot games
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Group (games such as Mortal Kombat)
  • Zynga (games such as Words With Friends)
  • Amazon Games (games such as New World)
  • Penn Game Studios (games such as Barstool Blackjack)
  • Intrepid Studios (games such as Ashes of Creation)

Employers like to see testers with the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) certification, which has international acceptance and industry recognition. It’s a “foot-in-the-door” type certification that instantly makes you eligible for the majority of QA positions at all levels. – TechTarget, “How Software Testing Certifications Can Boost Your Career”

So if you want a game testing job, you need ISTQB certification from ASTQB.

Make sure you get your ISTQB certification through ASTQB and our exam provider AT*SQA. Why? American employers check the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™, the AT*Work™ directory of testers available for hire, and the Testing Tiers® software tester rankings. The ONLY way you can appear in these is by getting your certification through ASTQB and AT*SQA. Appearing in these lists proves that you have the software testing knowledge and the American English communication skills they want.

Here are the easy 4 steps to get started toward a game testing job:

  1. Learn the information so you can pass the ISTQB Foundation Level Certification exam. You can get the free ISTQB syllabus (what you need to know) and sample exam questions below. Note that ISTQB Foundation Level Certification is required before you can take any other ISTQB certification exams, including the ISTQB Game Tester Certification we will discuss below. See these tips on how to prepare for and pass the ISTQB Foundation Level.
  2. Take your ISTQB exam through our official exam provider AT*SQA. Register now for your  ISTQB exam. You can take it at home or through a testing center anywhere in the world but be sure you are getting it from AT*SQA.
  3. Pass the ISTQB exam from AT*SQA. Yes! Now we’ll add you to the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ and give you points toward your Testing Tiers® software tester ranking so game job employers can see you are ISTQB certified by the official U.S. board for ISTQB, ASTQB. Plus you can appear in the AT*Work directory of testers available for hire.
  4. Get noticed by making yourself a leader in game testing. Level up by earning your ISTQB Game Testing certification. ISTQB Game Testing certification proves you have in-depth knowledge of game testing that takes you beyond other game testing job candidates. (Reminder: ISTQB Foundation Level software testing certification is required before you can take the ISTQB Game Testing exam, and game testing companies will expect that you have ISTQB Foundation Level certification.)

Don’t wait. It’s important to start on your ISTQB software testing certification now to get your job testing games. Begin by reviewing the free software testing glossary, exam syllabus (what you need to know to pass the exam), and sample exams below, as well as the steps to certification / FAQ. Then register to take the ISTQB exam. We hope to see you soon on the official American list of ISTQB certified testers! Then step up to ISTQB Game Testing certification and launch your career!

Get started right now. Your dream job of testing games is waiting for you!

Preparation Resources

  • Syllabus: ISTQB Foundation Level 3.1 – YOU MUST TAKE YOUR EXAM BY MAY 9, 2024
  • ISTQB Foundation Level Certification Syllabus v3.1.1
    The ISTQB Foundation Level 3.1 exam is only available through May 9, 2024. After that time, you must take the version 4.0 exam. Register for your ISTQB Foundation Level exam at our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA. Your purchase lets you take either the 3.1 or 4.0 version – it is your choice.
  • Sample Exams: ISTQB Foundation Level 3.1
  • ISTQB Foundation Level Sample Exam 1
    Specially created for the ISTQB exam given by ASTQB & AT*SQA
  • ISTQB Foundation Level Sample Exam 2
    Specially created for the ISTQB exam given by ASTQB & AT*SQA
  • Glossary
  • Glossary of Software Testing Terms
  • Exam Format
  • 40 questions | 60 minutes (75 minutes if English is not your primary language)