Today, I took the ISTQB certification exam for the foundation level and some things struck me that might be of some interest for future examinees. As one has to sign a formal obligation saying that you’re not allowed to give information about exam questions, I cannot be very specific. However, here are some hints:
- The standard textbook for the exam, “Software Testing Foundations – A Study Guide for the Certified Tester Exam” written by Spillner and Linz, is suitable for giving a survey and it prepares you very well for the chapters “Tool support for testing”, “Fundamentals of testing” and some other. Learn them by heart!
- Still, even if you know the whole book literally by heart, there is only a not-so-good chance to pass! In order to be really good prepared, you should also learn the Syllabus, which can be downloaded from the ISTQB website. You should learn the Syllabus really good, otherwise a lot of questions are unanswerable, because they do not depend on understanding but the wording of the Syllabus.
- Some questions are really incomprehensible, even if you are well prepared. At least one question in my exam didn’t make any sense, so you better anticipate that some questions are like gambling.
- The word is that some people offer sample papers / sample exams / sample solutions on the web. If you like, use them to a impression of how questions are asked, but better be careful with the solutions–they often are wrong! So, don’t rely on things on the web, but on the Syllabus.
The examination results are send via email one week after the exam, at the latest. Of course, I’m gonna post my results as soon as I get them.
Just got my results: PASSED with 85%!