The International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) organizes certification exams all around the world in order to polish the skills of Software testers. ISTQB certifications are accepted world-wide and are one of the most widespread certification exams for software testing professionals. Some of the multinational firms even consider ISTQB certifications as a qualifying criteria while recruiting testers. The ISTQB Foundation level known as CTFL exam is meant for both-beginners or freshers aspiring to join the software testing stream and, experienced professionals who are willing to add value to their skill set. Here is a step by step guide on how to prepare and pass the ISTQB Foundation level exam:
Institutions Conducting Certification Exams
Firstly, you need to decide where to take the certification exam from. ISTQB certification exams are organized by different national boards under the supervision of ISTQB. Different countries have their own national boards like American Software Testing Board (ASTQB), Indian Testing Board (ITB), and Canada Testing Board etc. Apart from these national boards there are individual institutes or service providers conducting ISTBQ certification exams.
Finalize The Date
Next step is to choose the date of exam and the location or exam center. ISTQB Foundation level aspirants need a time span of 2 to 6 weeks for preparing well. Choose a date and exam center as per your convenience.
Syllabus and Study Material
The next important step is to undergo the syllabus for CTFL certification exam. You can easily download it for free from the official website of ISTQB. Go through the syllabus thoroughly as it well helps you understand the overall framework of the exam. Buy a good book on software testing for beginners and read it well. One of the most popular book for is “Foundations of Software Testing-ISTQB Certification” by Rex Black, Erik Van Veenendaal and, Dorothy Graham. Though this book is costly, however, it provides a comprehensive study material to pass CTFL exam. Along with course study you should also solve sample papers and ISTQB dumps available online and appear for mock tests.
In addition to self-study you can also join a training institute to get familiar with TSTQB certification exam pattern and process. In fact, this option can save a lot of time and effort as you get to prepare for the exam in a focused and updated manner. Joining a training institute also helps you learn appropriately in line with standards. The institutes also provide a team of well qualified and experienced professionals as trainers which facilitates quality preparation. However, do research well before joining any ISTQB certification training institute.
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