How To Pass ISTQB Foundation

The ISTQB Foundation Level Exam (also called CTFL) is the first ISTQB exam you need to take because ISTQB Foundation Level certification is a prerequisite (required) for all other ISTQB certification exams.

Below are tips to help you prepare for the ISTQB Foundation Level exam.

Some people find it helpful to take a course through one of our software testing training providers in preparation, but there are quite a few people who make it through ISTQB CTFL with a little dedication and hard work doing self-study.

The ISTQB Foundation Level (CTFL) exam consists of 40 questions and each question is worth 1 point. This means you need to get at least 26 questions correct to pass.

Many people with computer backgrounds who have taken the ISTQB Foundation Level exam feel that you can do well on the exam if you spend a couple of weeks before the exam studying.

For people who are new to software testing, you will want to take a couple of hours a day studying the materials for 3 to 4 weeks before you take the ISTQB Foundation Level exam. (When you purchase your ISTQB exam through our official ISTQB exam provider AT*SQA, you have up to 365 days to take your exam, and you can reschedule at no charge if you do so at least 72 hours in advance.)

When taking the CTFL exam, if you are certain about the answer, then chances are you are correct. If you are unsure, make your best-educated guess. You will not incur a negative mark for wrong answers.

ISTQB Foundation Level covers a broad spectrum of ideas and concepts as well as vocabulary. Be careful to study BOTH the ISTQB glossary and the ISTQB Foundation Level syllabus.

Terminology is very important when taking this exam and really learning the glossary of terms will definitely help get you through the exam with a passing mark. The online glossary lets you narrow down the terms to just those used in the Foundation Level exam.

It’s important to practice. But it’s equally important to practice with quality sample exams. Otherwise, you might be learning the wrong answers!

Practicing with ASTQB’s ISTQB practice exams multiple times will help you measure your base knowledge. It also will get you comfortable with the format of the ISTQB exam questions.

All of ASTQB’s ISTQB exam studying resources are free and can be downloaded from our website.

Register for your ISTQB Foundation Level exam through ASTQB and our official IISTQB exam provider AT*SQA so you can appear on both the ISTQB successful candidate register and the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™ when you pass, plus earn points toward your Testing Tiers™ software tester ranking!