How to apply & register for ISTQB Certification in India? Cost, When and Where to take the exam?

ISTQB Certification Exams are conducted by ‘Member boards’ in each country. In India the member board is known as Indian Testing Board. Member boards are authorized to represent ISTQB and to conduct the tests in their countries.

The ISTQB Foundation Level exam costs Rs. 4,580

How to apply for ISTQB Certification in India?

  • Before you apply for the exam, make sure you find out the dates for the ISTQB Exam. It is important to have sufficient time to prepare for the exam. Usually candidates will need two to three months in order to prepare for the exam.
  • You will also need to find out the location of the test center. Assuming you are planning to take the exam through the Indian Testing Board, you can find the closest test center to you city from the previous link.
  • You can also take up the exam through Pearson Vue. Instructions for how to take ISTQB Exam through Pearson Vue are given in another article.
  • If you are taking the exam through Indian Testing Board, you can enroll with them online by filling the enrollment form here.
  • After you submit the enrollment form, further instructions will be emailed to the email id you used for enrollment
  • The cost of the exam is Rs. 4,580. You have to send a Demand Draft drawn for “Software Testing Certification Board”. This will have to be payable at New Delhi.
  • You will have to send the DD by post to the office of Indian Testing Board in Bangalore or Noida.

    The Noida Address is :
    Indian Testing Board
    A-108B,  Sector 58
    NOIDA – 201301
    UTTAR PRADESH
    Phone: +91-120-4355270, +91-120-4236187

    Their Bangalore address is :
    Indian Testing Board
    No. 201, 2nd Floor, Tulsi Manor,
    Opp. Cuppa Coffee Shop,
    HMT Layout, RT Nagar,
    BANGALORE – 560032
    Contact Person: Pravesh Pugalia

    Phone: +91-9343494617

  • On the back of the Demand Draft you will have you write your registration number and contact details
  • You will be informed about the timing and the process for the exam
  • You will have to carry a Photo identity card when appearing for the exam. You can use your Adhaar card, driving License, passport, voter id card etc
  • The result of the Foundation Level exam is known immediately after the exam since its online and the certification is sent to your home in 2 months
  • You can get in touch with the ITB for any questions you may have at the above phone numbers

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How to register for ISTQB Exam at PearsonVue Center for Foundation Level

The best way to take up the ISTQB exam is to go to a Prometric or Pearson Vue center and register for the exam.

In this article we will look at how you can register with Pearson Vue for the ISTQB Exam.

Many centers offer the exam everyday at different times and you can take the exam based on your convenient date/time. Some centers may offer the ISTQB exam on specific days.

It is best to visit or call the Pearson Vue test center where you plan to take the exam, before you register, in order to clarify any doubts/questions you may have.

Exam Code for ISTQB CTFL for Pearson Vue is ISEB-SWT2: ISTQB-ISEB Certified Tester Foundation Level

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Process for registering for ISTQB with Pearson Vue, through the website is given below:

  1. Open the website https://www2.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/profile/create/SignUp/BCS
  2. Fill up the form in order to create an account and click Next at the bottom of the page. If you already have an account, you can click on the “sign in” link to login.
  3. You will be presented with two more screens to enter your Contact Information and Date of Birth. Enter these details and click Next to continue on each screen.
  4. Enter your desired details in the Create Account screen and click Finish.
  5. Once your account is created, click on View Exams in the Home screen
  6. Click on the link ISEB-SWT2: ISTQB-ISEB Certified Tester Foundation Level in the Select Exam screen.
  7. The price of the exam is displayed in the next screen. Click on Schedule this Exam to proceed further.
  8. A list of Test Centers in your location are displayed. You can use the search option on the screen to find other test centers if needed. Once you find a test center nearest to your location, select the Test Center and click the Next button.
  9. You will be presented with the Choose Appointment screen. If the Test Center you selected does not have appointments, you can click on Change Test Center link to the left of the screen, to select a different Test Center. Once you select a Date, you will be able to choose the time for the exam.
  10. After selecting the date and time, you will be shown an Order confirmation screen. Click the Proceed to Checkout button.
  11. In the next screen, confirm your personal information and click Next
  12. The next screen will ask you to agree to the Policies, check the checkbox at the bottom and click Next.
  13. Enter your Credit Card details and submit your order in the next screen to receive your Receipt in the final screen.

 

If you have any questions, remember you can visit or call the Test Center to get more details before you register.

If you are looking for study material, you can refer the best ISTQB study material for Foundation Level.

What is the cost of ISTQB Exam Certification? How much does the Foundation Level Exam Cost?

The cost of the ISTQB Foundation Level Certification Exam varies from country to country. The basic entry level exam that anyone can take through ISTQB is called the Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) but it is more popularly known as the Foundation Level exam. This is one of the most economical certifications available to anyone.

Costs details of ISTQB Certification Exam for Foundation level in India

  • The ISTQB Foundation Level exam costs Rs. 4,580 for the public exam.
  • The ISTQB public exam is open to anyone.
  • ISTQB also has a corporate exam for the Foundation Level certification. If a company has over 10 individuals from their organization who want to take up the exam, the Indian Testing Board which conducts the exam in India, will conduct the exam in the company’s premises. This is known as a corporate exam.
  • The cost of the corporate exam is Rs. 4000
  • You can take up the public exam even if you work for a large organization and you do not want to wait for the corporate exam to be organized.

Cost of ISTQB Foundation Level Exam in USA

  • Taking the Foundation Level exam in US costs $250
  • In US, the exam is conducted by American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB), which is the ISTQB’s US division. ISTQB calls them Member Boards
  • The exam is approved for student reimbursement for veterans by the US Department Of Veteran Affairs

Cost of ISTQB Foundation Level Exam in UK

  • Taking the Foundation Level exam in UK costs GBP 145
  • In UK, the exam is conducted by United Kingdom Testing Board (UKTB). UKTB is ISTQB’s UK division.

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What is ISTQB?

ISTQB is International Software Testing Qualifications Board. It is an international non-profit organization that conducts software testing related exams and certifications.

ISTQB was founded in 2002 and is registered in Belgium, however its certification exams are available worldwide. The ISTQB is made of industry experts from Software Testing who are part of working groups. These working groups work on various part of ISTQB like coming up with the syllabus, exam patterns, questions, rules for the exam, processes governing registration of exam providers and training providers etc.

ISTQB exams are recognized worldwide by software testing professionals. ISTQB currently has three certification paths Agile, Core and Specialist.

The Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) exam is an entry level exam from ISTQB that can be taken up by anyone who wants to establish their credibility as a software tester. This exam is also often referred as the ISTQB Foundation Level Exam. This exam can be taken up by candidate with no prior software testing experience as well as those who have experience in testing.

You need pass the Foundation Level Exam before you can take up any of the other exams.

  • ISTQB conducts exams through-out the world in 72 countries through its Member Boards.
  • There are currently 50 Member Boards in ISTQB.
  • One member board can cater to one or more country.
  • In India the member board is known as Indian Testing Board (ITB).
  • The testing board in UK is UK Testing Board (UKTB).
  • The testing board for US is called American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB).
  • ISTQB Exams can also be taken up through Prometric or Pearson Vue.

The member boards conduct exams in their respective countries at regular intervals. In larger cities, the exams may be conducted more than once in a month while in smaller cities the exams may be conducted a few times a year. If you are interested in taking up the exam through a member board, you can get in touch with the member boards for your country to register for the exam.

The syllabus for the ISTQB certification exam is the same across all countries and exam providers. Premium study material for Foundation Level exam is available on our site.

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4. Who can take up the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level exam?
The ISTQB CTFL exam is taken up by candidates as diverse as freshers who have just completed their education to experienced testers with over 10 years of experience. Irrespective of where you are in your career, the certification is useful and provides you an advantage over those who are not certified. This certification is well suited for anyone who is planning to move into software testing or experienced software testers who want to establish themselves in their domain.

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  1. This is an online exam. Total number of questions in the exam: 40
  2. Questions are multiple choice in nature
  3. There is no negative mark for wrong answer in the exam
  4. Each correct answer carries 1 point
  5. Minimum percentage for passing : 65% (26 or more points)
  6. Total exam time: 75 minutes
  7. The exam fee is Rs. 4,580 in India, $250 in USA, GBP 145 in UK
  8. Certification is available worldwide through Prometric or PearsonVue

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  2. You can also take up the exam through an Exam Provider like BCS (formerly called ISEB), iSQI etc. Exam Providers are licensed by Member Boards to conduct exams locally or internationally, including online exams. Exam Providers work with organizations like Pearson Vue and Prometric in order to conduct online exams at their centers.

9. What is BCS or ISEB?
British Computer Society (BCS) was earlier known as Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB). BCS is an examination provider for the United Kingdom Testing Board (UKTB), Netherlands and Belgium but can also be used to take up exams from other countries.

10. So, if I am currently in Paris – France or Hanoi – Vietnam or any other country, can I take up the exam through BCS/ISEB?
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11. My country is not listed under the ISTQB Member Boards list or my country’s member board does not have a center in my city. How can I take up the ISTQB exam?
Even if your country/city does not have an ISTQB Member Board/test center, you can look for a Pearson Vue or Prometric test center in your city or nearby cities. You can register and appear for the exam at one of these test centers.

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13. When can I take up the exam?
Some Member Boards like Indian Testing Boards have specific dates and time at which you can take up the exam from their test centers. You can find the exam dates on the individual Member Boards website. Here is the link to the ISTQB Exam Dates for India. However if you choose to take the exam at a Prometric or Pearson Vue test center, you can choose the date and time based on your convenience.

14. Is there any difference between BCS/ISEB Certification and ISTQB Certification? Which is better?
ISEB/BCS do not have a certification of their own. They are an examination provider. They provide several exams like IT Service Management – ITIL, Business Analysis, PRINCE2 etc. ISTQB Certification is one of the certifications that they provide. They provide Foundation level certification and also conduct exams for Advanced Levels. So there is no question of BCS/ISEB Certification being better since the certification is actually from ISTQB.

15. Which is the best board for taking the exam? Which is more recognized and valued?
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16. Is there any difference between the exams conducted by various boards?
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19. How can I register for the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) exam from Prometric or Pearson Vue?
Exam code for ISTQB CTFL exam from Prometric is : BH0-010 – BCS Certified Tester Foundation Level 2011 syllabus
Exam code for ISTQB CTFL exam from Pearson Vue is : ISEB-SWT2: ISTQB-ISEB Certified Tester Foundation Level

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