How to pass ISTQB Foundation Certification?


I need your advice on how to pass the ISTQB foundation level exam any have resources to follow share with me.

Hello Priyank

You should have received some materials in your training pack. It is really important that you take the time to study them. You can also look into example questions which they provide - a quick Google search of “ISTQB foundation past papers” brings up a few.

Best of luck :slightly_smiling_face:


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I was lucky enough to be sent on a course to learn the ISTQB syllabus and take the exam. My course was 3 days long, with the exam on the afternoon of the final day.

I don’t know if you’ll be given this luxury but I will tell you what my experience on this was like. I think taking a course is a good way to learn what you need to learn.

Being on a course meant there were other people to discuss the course with. We did practice exam questions and completed learning activities together and discussed the answers. This really helped me understand topics I’d struggled with before. There were only 3 of us, so the teacher was able to spend extra time on specific topics that we were struggling with.

I did the course in Manchester, so was staying in a hotel during this time. Some had to travel there each day which affected their ability to study. My hotel was quiet so I was able to study in the hotel lobby with few distractions. I studied each night so I was ready for the exam on the 3rd day. The 3rd day was dedicated to revision so we were ready for the exam. Out of the other 2 people, I don’t know how many passed but I passed first time.

I’ve found that if you take the exam as soon as possible after the course, then everything is still fresh in your mind and you’re more likely to pass. This was certainly the case when I did the ISTQB Agile Tester Extension course. This time the exam was a week after the course.

To sum up, a course is recommended as it allows you to discuss with other people. Take the exam as soon as possible after the course, and complete as many practice questions as possible.

Good luck, I’m sure you’ll ace it.

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I heard that “don’t do any testing and just learn from ISTQB, the you can pass the exam because you haven’t had any other thinkings about testing in yourself.”

I took the advice, passed my ISTQB before I started to pursue in testing profession.

Years later, I doubt myself. I would probably fail merisably if I do it again since I got more exposures now in testing.

Hope this helps you with your decision in some ways

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