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ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level  Foundation

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has partnered with the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) to deliver a comprehensive software testing certification programme to the global testing community.
  • Overview

    What are the learning outcomes?

    The following learning objectives are defined as applying to the syllabus. Each topic in the syllabus will be examined according to the learning objective for that topic.

    • Level K1: Remember - Recognise, remember and recall a term or concept.
    • Level K2: Understand - Select the reasons or explanations for statements related to the topic, and can summarise, compare, classify and give examples for the testing concept.
    • Level K3: Apply - Select the correct application of a concept or technique and apply it to a given context.
    • Level K4: Analyse - Separate information related to a concept or technique into its constituent parts for better understanding, and can distinguish between facts and inferences.

    For further information please read the syllabus

    Who is it aimed at?

    The certificate is principally aimed at anyone involved in software testing. This includes people in roles such as testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and software developers.

    This Foundation Level certificate is also appropriate for anyone who wants a basic understanding of software testing, such as project managers, quality managers, software development managers, business analysts, IT directors and management consultants.

    Entry Requirements:

    There are no formal requirements for entry to the course although the candidate should have a basic working knowledge of IT and it is recommended that all candidates attend a training course run by an accredited Training Provider.

  • Book Exam

    This section contains information and documents that will help you take this examination.


    Structure of the Exam

    • The examination consists of a one hour exam with 40 multiple choice questions.
    • It will be a 'closed book' examination i.e. no notes or books will be allowed into the examination room. The time allowed for the examination is 60 minutes, if given in the candidate’s native language. If your native language is not the examination language, the time allowed is 75 minutes but this must be requested in advance of the examination.
    • No study material or electronic devices (including mobile phones) mat be used during the examination
    • Candidates are allowed to use simple non-programmable calculators (to be provided by the candidate)
    • An official translation of terms (not their definitions) from the ISTQB® Glossary to the local language is allowed
    • Candidates taking exams that are not in their native language may use a paper-based translation dictionary.
    • The pass mark is 65% (26 out of 40).

    Exam Options, Dates & Locations

    There are three exam options for this certification:

    • Accredited Training Provider (course & exam)
    • Public Examinations (exam only)
    • Online Examination (exam only)

    Accredited Training Provider
    It is recommended that candidates take an accredited training course prior to taking the exam. If you attend an accredited training course, details of the exam can be obtained from your Training Provider.

    Public Examinations
    Time: 10.00am - 11.00am (1 hour)
    Venue: BCS, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA

    • Friday 23 May 2014
    • Monday 21 July 2014
    • Thursday 4 September 2014

    Public examinations must be booked and paid for a minimum of three weeks prior to the examination date (subject to availability). If you are applying directly, you should register and pay online using our Online Registration Facility.

    Online Examination
    Taking the exam online via a computer based examination centre provides you with your exam result immediately. You can book to take the exam at many of the Prometric or Pearson Vue test centres around the world.

    • Prometric has in excess of 5000 test centres in over 160 countries.
    • Pearson Vue has in excess of 4000 test centres in over 140 countries.

    Exam Fees

    Public Examinations cost £145 (exc VAT).

    If you are booking via an Accredited Training Provider or via an online examination centre then you can obtain information on fees and charges by contacting them directly.


    Register for the Exam

    Training Provider
    If you are taking training through an accredited training provider, you will obtain and submit your registration form through them.

    Public Examinations
    You will need to register and pay online using our Online Registration Facility a minimum of three weeks prior to exam date. The preferred exam date will be subject to availability.

    Extra time can be requested by candidates whose business language is not English.
    Request extra time form (PDF)

    Please note that an additional fee is chargeable for late cancellations


    Online Examination
    You can book an online exam either with Prometric or Pearson Vue.

  • Training Providers

    Further information about the ISTQB-BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate can be obtained from our Accredited Training Providers.

  • Related Publications

    Software Testing: An ISEB Foundation (2nd Edition)Software Testing: An ISTQB-ISEB Foundation Guide
    This second edition of the bestselling software testing title is the only official textbook of the Certified Tester Foundation Level and now covers the 2010 update to the exam syllabus.

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