ISTQB International Software Testing Qualifications Board
About ANZTB

ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level (CTAL)


 

The Advanced Certificates are for experienced testing practitioners, and aim to demonstrate a depth of knowledge of testing topics and the ability to perform testing activities in practice.

The three modules/certificates are:

  • ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst  CTAL-TA 
  • ISTQB Advanced Test Manager  CTAL-TM
  • ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst  CTAL-TTA 

The Advanced certificates place an emphasis on practicality, gaining maximum benefit from classroom time, learning valuable skills and then applying them in the workplace. Due to the calibre of the Advanced exams ANZTB recommend candidates undertake training prior to attempting an exam. Please contact one of our Accredited Training Providers.

Qualification Guidelines

Mandatory Requirement

The ISTQB Foundation Certification is the pre-requisite for any ISTQB Advanced exam. Candidates who gained their ISTQB Foundation Certification with another National Board or Exam Provider such as ISEB, will be asked to provide proof.

Recommendation

The ISTQB suggests a minimum of five years’ practical experience in software engineering (or three years of practical experience if the candidate holds a baccalaureate or equivalent degree in science or engineering).

ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Exam (2012)

Candidates are required to sit a 3 hour, 60-question multiple choice exam designed to evaluate understanding and application of the material contained within the Advanced Syllabus.

Questions are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks depending on their difficulty.  There are 120 marks available in an Advanced Test Analyst exam.  Candidates are required to achieve a mark of 65% in order to pass in the Advanced Test Analyst exam.

Topics within the Advanced syllabus have been categorised by Learning Objectives, defining the level of capability a candidate must display for each topic. The three categories are:

• K2 Understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify, summarise.
• K3 Apply in a specific context.
• K4 Analyse to solve a problem or task.

Any Learning Objective is examinable, however, there are more Learning objectives than there are exam questions and so some Learning Objectives won’t be examined within an individual exam.

For subjects covered in the exams please see the Advanced Level Syllabus Test Analyst 2012. View the syllabus here (PDF 632KB)

ISTQB Advanced Test Manager Exam (2012)

Candidates are required to sit a 3 hour, 65-question multiple choice exam designed to evaluate understanding and application of the material contained within the Advanced Syllabus.

Questions are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks depending on their difficulty.  There are 115 marks available in an Advanced Test Manager exam.  Candidates are required to achieve a mark of 65% in order to pass in the Advanced Test Manager exam.

Topics within the Advanced syllabus have been categorised by Learning Objectives, defining the level of capability a candidate must display for each topic. The three categories are:

• K2 Understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify, summarise.
• K3 Apply in a specific context.
• K4 Analyse to solve a problem or task.

Any Learning Objective is examinable, however, there are more Learning objectives than there are exam questions and so some Learning Objectives won’t be examined within an individual exam.

For subjects covered in the exams please see the Advanced Level Syllabus Test Manager 2012. View the syllabus here (PDF 701KB)

ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst Exam (2012)

Candidates are required to sit a 2 hour, 45-question multiple choice exam designed to evaluate understanding and application of the material contained within the Advanced Syllabus.

Questions are worth 1, 2 or 3 marks depending on their difficulty.  There are 80 marks available in an Advanced Technical Test Analyst exam.  Candidates are required to achieve a mark of 65% in order to pass in the Advanced Technical Test Analyst exam.

Topics within the Advanced syllabus have been categorised by Learning Objectives, defining the level of capability a candidate must display for each topic. The three categories are:

• K2 Understand, explain, give reasons, compare, classify, summarise.
• K3 Apply in a specific context.
• K4 Analyse to solve a problem or task.

Any Learning Objective is examinable, however, there are more Learning objectives than there are exam questions and so some Learning Objectives won’t be examined within an individual exam.

For subjects covered in the exams please see the Advanced Level Syllabus Technical Test Analyst 2012. View the syllabus here (PDF 479KB)

The Fee

The fee to take an Advanced level exam is $350 + GST with NZ residents paying in NZD and Australian residents paying in AUD. Should you need to re-sit, the examination fee remains the same and the stand-down time of three months must be adhered to.

Sample Questions

Sample questions based on the ISTQB Advanced Level 2012 Syllabus can be downloaded here

Extra Time

Candidates who cannot understand and read English fluently will be granted an additional 25% of the full exam duration to complete the exam. You will be expected to provide the reason for your lack of fluency on the registration form at exam time.

Foreign Language Students

Candidates with English as a second language are allowed to use a translation dictionary: this must be paper (i.e. not an electronic device) and the exam supervisor has the right to inspect it. If you wish to use a dictionary in the exam, please ensure that you arrive on time for your exam (i.e. at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled exam start time) so that you have time to let the exam supervisor know and to have your dictionary inspected.

Postponement and Cancellation Policy

Postponements within 14 days before the scheduled exam incur a $30 + GST administration fee. Changes cannot be made 48 hours or less before the exam. Cancellations incur a $30 administration fee.

Treatment of Existing Advanced and Practitioner Certificates

  1. ISTQB Advanced Test Manager certificates earned by passing exams against the 2007 Advanced Syllabus are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Test Manager certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced 2012 Syllabus.
  2. ISTQB Advanced Functional Tester certificates earned by passing exams against the 2007 Advanced Syllabus are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Test Analyst certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced 2012 Syllabus.
  3. ISTQB Advanced Technical Tester certificates earned by passing exams against the 2007 Advanced Syllabus are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Technical Test Analyst certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced 2012 Syllabus.
  4. ISEB Practitioner certificates earned by passing an exam taken no later than March 31, 2008 [i.e., under the original Practitioner program] are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Test Manager, Advanced Test Analyst, and Advanced Technical Test Analyst certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced Syllabi 2007 or 2012.
  5. ISEB Test Management Practitioner certificates earned by passing exams against the new ISEB Practitioner Syllabus (since April 1st, 2008) are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Test Manager certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced Syllabi 2007 or 2012.
  6. ISEB Test Analysis Practitioner certificates earned by passing exams against the new ISEB Practitioner Syllabus (since April 1st, 2008) are treated as equivalent to the Advanced Test Analyst certificates earned by passing exams against the Advanced Syllabi 2007 or 2012.

Attention candidates for certification who intend to take an exam against the Advanced Syllabi 2012: If you have taken a training course accredited against the 2007Advanced Syllabus, please be advised that new topics have been added to the Advanced Syllabi 2012. Additional preparation on your part is necessary prior to taking an exam against the Advanced Syllabi 2012.