FAQ

Where do I find more information regarding the different certification schemes?

A good pool of information can be found at the websites of the respective boards and the websites of iSQI:

Board / Certification Body Website(s)
iSQI https://isqi.org/en/
ISTQB https://www.istqb.org/; http://usqb.org.ua/index.php/ru/;
IREB https://www.ireb.org/en
UXQB http://uxqb.org/en/
A4Q Currently in development; all questions can be addressed to erika.paasche@isqi.org for the meantime

What is the price for an exam?

The price of an exam depends on the following:

  • Type of exam: e.g. ISTQB Foundation Level has a different price than ISTQB Advanced Level
  • Delivery channel: paper-based exams may have different prices than electronic exams taken in one of the Pearson Vue Test Centers
  • Country: exam prices depend on the country in which the exam is taken

The following table provides the exam prices for the Ukraine including VAT of 19%. Please note, that when you pay the exam fee at iSQI via PayPal or credit card, there is an additional fee of 4% which is not included in the prices listed below. There is no PayPal fee in case you buy the exam in the iSQI web-shop (https://isqi.org/en/)

EXAM Price for paper-based (€) Price for
Pearson Vue (€)
ISTQB – Certified Tester
Foundation Level 167 196
Foundation Extension – Agile Tester 167 196
Foundation Extension – Model-Based Tester 167 196
Advanced Level, Test Manager 208 232
Advanced Level, Test Analyst 208 232
Advanced Level, Technical Test Analyst 208 232
Advanced Level, Test Automation Engineering 208 232
Advanced Level, Security Tester 208 232
Expert Level, Test Management 774 not applicable
Selenium 208 208                          (available as of CW43)
IREB – Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering
Foundation Level 179 179
RE@Agile Primer 155 155
Advanced Level 417 not applicable
UXQB – Certified Professional for Usability and User Experience
Foundation Level 214 214
Usability Testing 714 not applicable
User Requirements Engineering 714 not applicable

For questions regarding general pricing information, please contact iSQI (exam@isqi.org).
For exam prices in the Ukraine, you may as well contact Code Space (info@codespace.com.ua) where there is the option to also pay in Ukrainian currency.

How can I buy an exam in the iSQI web-shop?

It is fairly quick to book your certification:  

First of all, select the country “Ukraine” and the language from the drop-down menu above on the left. Then select Certifications in the top menu bar. Choose the desired certification from the menu items, for example, Foundation Level (ISTQB®). Now, you are on the product page. There on the right panel, you can specify more details. If you choose “Paper” and then click on “Select Exam Date”, you will see the dates of all public exams which iSQI offers in Ukraine.

How and where can I take an exam?

With iSQI there are currently four types (exam delivery channels):

Paper-based Exam (personal supervision via iSQI invigilator):
a) closed exam session after training with one of the accredited training providers
b) public exam sessions; very popular in Ukraine


SMEX Exam
(personal supervision via iSQI invigilator):
tablet or computer-based exams available at selected training providers (closed exam session after training)

Test Center Exam: electronic exam in one of the Pearson VUE test centers. There are more than 5,200 Pearson VUE test centers in more than 175 countries (http://pearsonvue.com/isqi/)

Flex Exam: remote proctor exam available anyplace at anytime (https://www.isqi.org/en/flex.html); not applicable for ISTQB exams  

Please contact iSQI (exam@isqi.org) for further questions regarding how and when (dates for public exam sessions) to take exams provided by iSQI.

How do I register for an exam?

There are different options and preconditions depending on the type of exam and the way how you would like to take the exam.

  1. Paper-based Exam: They are usually registered by your training provider at iSQI or offered through public examinations; can be arranged upon request, contact: exam@isqi.org (minimum number of participants needed)
    Seats for the public exam sessions can be booked in the web-shop (see Q3)
  2. SMEX Exam: They are usually registered by your training provider at iSQI; can be arranged upon request, contact: exam@isqi.org (minimum number of participants needed)    
  3. PVUE Test Center:
    a) 
    Create an account at the website: http://www.pearsonvue.com/isqi/ 
    b) Choose the certification exam
    c) Apply for time extension if needed; this is an offer for non-native speaker (important: before scheduling exam!)
    http://pearsonvue.com/isqi/isqi-extra-time-request-form.pdf
    d) Find a Pearson Vue test center near to you and schedule your exam

How do I prepare for the exams?

There are several ways to prepare for an exam, e.g. the ISTQB FL exam

  1. Typically, candidates attend a training at accredited training providers.  
  2. Although training is highly recommended, you can also do self-study based on the syllabi (https://isqi.org/ua/en/syllabi).
  3. You can check your level of knowledge with the help of mock-up exams (https://isqi.org/en/sample-exams).

For some trainings, there are as well e-learnings available.
There are certain certifications for which training is a pre-condition.

Please provide details regarding the single exams that have been covered within the Certification Days?

Details per exam are listed in the table below.

Exam type (depends on language-please ask directly at iSQI)
EXAM Number of Questions Duration Minimum Score % Preconditions Paper-based SMEX Pearson Vue
ISTQB – Certified Tester
Foundation Level 40 60 min 65% Programming knowledge is an advantage but not a requirement. x x x
Foundation Extension – Agile Tester 40

60 min

65%

All participants must have successfully completed the ISTQB® Certified Tester – Foundation Level certification. Programming knowledge is an advantage but not a requirement. x x
Advanced Level,
Test Manager
65

180 min

65%

To be able to obtain an Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Level certificate. You need to prove evidence for at least 18 months of practical experience within the software testing field. x x x
Advanced Level,
Test Analyst
60

180 min

65%

To be able to obtain an Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Level certificate. You need to prove evidence for at least 18 months of practical experience within the software testing field. x x x
Advanced Level, Technical Test Analyst 45

120 min

65%

To be able to obtain an Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Level certificate. You need to prove evidence for at least 18 months of practical experience within the software testing field. x x x
Advanced Level, Test Automation Engineering 40

90 min

65%

To be eligible for the ISTQB® Certified Tester – Advanced Level, Test Automation Engineer certification candidates must hold a valid ISTQB® Certified Tester – Foundation Level certificate and have sufficient practical experience to be certified at Advanced Level, typically 3 years of relevant academic, practical, or consulting experience (Local ISTQB® Member Boards may have different recommendations on experience, please contact us). x x
Advanced Level, Security Tester 45

120 min

65%

To receive Advanced Level certification in the module “Security Tester”, candidates must hold a valid ISTQB® Certified Tester – Foundation Level certificate and have sufficient practical experience to be certified at Advanced Level, typically 3 years of relevant academic, practical, or consulting experience (Local ISTQB® Member Boards may have different recommendations on experience, please contact us). x x
Expert Level,
Test Management
 – Multiple Choice Component, 14 questions, 45 minutes, exactly 35 points
– Essay Question Component, 2 (out of 3) essays, 90 minutes, exactly 100 points (50 points per essay)

TOTAL: 135 minutes,

Total 88 points

General entry criteria for Expert Level are described on the ISTQB web site, Expert Level section.

Achieving Expert Level: criteria are set to ensure good and consistent quality of the Expert Level.

To obtain Expert Level certification, candidates must have:

the Foundation Certificate
an Advanced Certificate depending on the Expert Module desired
passed the Expert Level Exam
at least 5 years of practical testing experience
at least 2 years of industry experience in the specific Expert Level topic


Holders of an Expert Certificate in a particular module should regularly renew their certification by achieving a minimum number of credits within the ISTQB Continuous Learning Concept [ISTQB-EL-CEP]
x
IREB – Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering
Foundation Level  up to 45 questions

75 min

70%

Basic knowledge in software development is a requirement for attending training. The Foundation Level certificate is required for further steps of the IREB® Certified Professional for RE Program. x x x
RE@Agile Primer 22

40 min

70% There are no prerequisites for the RE@Agile Primer. x x
Advanced Level (Requirements Elicitation & Consolidation) Part 1 – Written examination:
Paper-based exam,

45 multiple-choice questions

Part 2 – Written assignment:
Approx. two day’s homework within a period of three month after receiving the task for this part of the examination. The submission must occur before the end of the 12 month time limit.

75 min 70% Basic knowledge in software development is a requirement for attending training. 
The Foundation Level certificate is required for further steps of the IREB® Certified Professional for RE Program.
x
Selenium
Certified Selenium Tester Foundation 40 60 min 65% There are no specific requirements or required pre-certifications. Candidates should have a general knowledge of basic programming and some knowledge of Python. x X (available as of CW43)
UXQB – Certified Professional for Usability and User Experience
Foundation Level 40 75 min 70% Prior knowledge of usability is an advantage, but not a requirement. x x
Advanced Level-Usability Testing  Part 1: Theoretical multiple-choice exam,

Part 2: Practical part
90 minutes 70% Candidates must hold UXQB® Certified Professional for Usability and User Experience – Foundation Level certificate and have gathered at least first experiences conducting professional usability tests. x
Advanced Level- User Requirements Engineering  Part 1: Theoretical multiple-choice exam

Part 2: Practical part

90 min 70% Candidates must hold UXQB® Certified Professional for Usability and User Experience – Foundation Level certificate and have gathered at least first experiences conducting professional usability tests. x

Which exams are provided by iSQI?

iSQI’s entire product portfolio can be found here: https://isqi.org/en/