Foundation Level in a Nutshell

Why Foundation?

The Foundation Level qualification is aimed at professionals who need to demonstrate practical knowledge of the fundamental concepts of software testing. This includes people in roles such as test designers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers and IT Professionals.

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

Foundation Level

What are the entry criteria?

There are no formal requirements for this certification. Foundation level aims at all the individual who are involved in Software Testing & at those who are eager to acquire basic knowledge of fundamentals of Software Testing.

Validity?

Foundation level is valid for life time.

Which levels are available after Foundation?

Holders of the Foundation certificate are eligible to continue on to higher level software testing qualifications, certifying themselves at Advanced level, and then at the Expert level, as shown below. The entire learning journey is underpinned by the ISTQB® Glossary.




Foundation Level - Content




The following picture summarizes the contents of the Foundation Level syllabus:

Foundation Level



Foundation Level - Learning Objectives




Foundation Level professionals should be able to:

  • Use a common language for efficient and effective communication with other testers and project stakeholders.
  • Understand established testing concepts, the fundamental test process, test approaches, and principles to support test objectives.
  • Design and prioritize tests by using established techniques; analyze both functional and non-functional specifications (such as performance and usability) at all test levels for systems with a low to medium level of complexity.
  • Execute tests according to agreed test plans, and analyze and report on the results of tests.
  • Write clear and understandable incident reports.
  • Effectively participate in reviews of small to medium-sized projects.
  • Be familiar with different types of testing tools and their uses; assist in the selection and implementation process.

See the detailed list of Learning Objectives for Foundation Level.




Foundation Level - exam structure




To get an ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level Certificate you must successfully pass the Foundation Exam administered by your National or Regional Board or Examination Provider.
Upon successful completion of the exam, you will be issued with an ISTQB® Foundation Level Certificate, which is internationally recognized.
The exam aims to verify that the candidate has acquired the professional knowledge contained in the syllabus.

The Foundation Level exam is characterized by:

  • 40 multiple-choice questions
  • a scoring of 1 point for each correct answer
  • a pass mark of 65% (26 or more points)
  • a duration of 60 minutes (or 75 minutes for candidates taking exams that are not in their native or local language).

Exam questions are distributed across K-levels, which represent deepening levels of knowledge, as shown in the following table:

Exam Number of questions per K levels
K1 K2 K3 K4 Total
Foundation 20 12 8 40

Exam questions are distributed across Syllabus chapters as shown in the following table:

Exam Number of questions per K levels
Ch. 1 Ch. 2 Ch. 3 Ch. 4 Ch. 5 Ch. 6 Total
Foundation 7 6 3 12 8 4 40

Exams may be taken as part of a course delivered by an Accredited Training Provider or taken independently at an examination center or in a public exam.

The typical duration of the Foundation Level Training offered by an Accredited Training Provider is 3 days. Completion of an accredited training course is not a prerequisite for participating to the exam.

Please refer to the Web Sites of the ISTQB® Member Boards and ISTQB® Accredited Training Providers for exam and training availability.

Source:http://www.istqb.org/certification-path-root/foundation-level.html