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We strongly recommend that you take the current version of the ISTQB exam if you plan to take the ISTQB Foundation Level exam over the next several months.

ISTQB recently released the new Foundation Level 4.0 syllabus. So which ISTQB Foundation Level exam should you take – the current 3.1 exam or the upcoming 4.0 exam?

Our recommendation: If you are planning to take your ISTQB Foundation Level exam in the next few months, you should take the current exam. Below are four reasons why.

  1. The current ISTQB Foundation Level exam will be available for another year. You can take the current exam through May 9th, 2024. If you have already begun your preparation for the current exam, don’t worry, you have plenty of time to study and take the current exam.
  2. There is no accredited training currently available for the ISTQB Foundation Level 4.0 exam, but there are proven training courses and great training materials for the current exam. Because of this, we feel it will be much easier for you to study for the current exam if you are planning to take it in the next few months.
  3. Both of the exams are equally valid. Upon passing either exam, you will be an ISTQB Certified Tester, Foundation Level. There is no reference to the version number in the ISTQB successful candidate register, the Official U.S. List of Certified Software Testers™, or Testing Tiers® rankings.
  4. If you purchase a voucher from ASTQB / AT*SQA for the current exam and change your mind later, don’t worry – our ISTQB Foundation Level vouchers are good for either version of the exam. You have up to 365 days to take your ISTQB exam after you buy your ISTQB Foundation Level exam from ASTQB and AT*SQA, so you have the flexibility to choose either version when you are ready to take your exam.

The ISTQB Foundation Level 4.0 exam will be available from ASTQB & AT*SQA soon, likely in August 2023. So if you want to take the 4.0 exam, this will give you time to study for it.

Bottom line: If you want to take your ISTQB Foundation Level exam in the next few months, we recommend that you take the current ISTQB Foundation Level exam. The current exam is still available for another year, there is lots of excellent training and study material available for it, and it is equally valid. Get started today on your ISTQB Foundation Level Certification exam preparation.