Software Testing-ISTQB


ISTQB® is an abbreviation of “International Software Testing Qualification Board”. It is a prestigious organization and recognized worldwide on certifications. (The red areas are countries which recognized ISTQB® while the white areas are countries which have not recognized ISTQB®yet).

    • ISTQB® has created the world's most successful scheme for certifying software testers.
    • As of September 2013, ISTQB® has issued 320,000 certifications in over 100 countries world-wide, with a growth rate of more than 12,000 certifications per quarter.
    • The scheme relies on a Body of Knowledge and exam rules that are applied consistently all over the world, with exams and supporting material being available in many languages.
    • Many software companies got the value of brand based on human resources who earned ISTQB® certificates.
    • Many companies have international contracts (outsourcing) based on the value of human resources following the international standard.

ISTQB® is a partner of many big brandings in the world, and sponsored from these partners in its activities.



ISTQB® is recognized worldwide

ISTQB Certified

ISTQB® brings values and opportunities for testers with various jobs as following:

QA Testing


Certification Tester


Software testing appeared long time ago; however along with currently progressive development of information technology, software testing plays an important role in the project life cycle and has been improved strongly and prospectively. The software testing actually is for people who have insight knowledge to ensure several phases in software manufacturing such as business analysis, software design, database, installation, deployment, etc… to complete seemly.

Nowadays, testing is necessary for all projects. The demand on testing is bigger and bigger that requires testers have real knowledge meeting the international testing standards plentifully. However software testing methods in many companies are variety. Some projects do testing by experience which does not have enough confidence to ensure quality required by customers or does not have enough reliable basic for final software products. Big customers often require software companies applying international standards that is proven by the testers getting a certificate recognized worldwide.

On the demand and the role of software testing – the important part of project development cycle, FMIT® Institute designed a program called Certified Software Testing Professionals - CSTP® based on the international software testing of ISTQB® to equip learners with solid understanding and be confident in the international examination.

The program is divided into 2 modules in which Module 1 includes practical techniques necessary for working requirements of software testing jobs. Module 2 focuses on preparing solid understanding that helps learners be ready to take part in the international examination CTFL®.

Certified software testing professional (CSTP®) includes subjects which are designed following ISTQB® international standard and focuses on equipping practical knowledge and skills to become a professional software tester. It includes foundation of theories, testing methods, designing and implementing for testing, popular tools used in testing and testing methods on cell phones.

The program is designed closely to actual works required in software testing environment. The program duration includes 15 hours for theories, 6 hours for practical exercises and 9 hours for practicing test cases.


Section 1:   Introduction

Software testing fundamentals

  • Why is testing necessary
  • What is testing
  • General testing principles
  • Fundamental test process
  • Standards
  • The psychology of testing
Section 2:  Testing throughout the software life-cycle

Software development models and economics of   testing

  • Testing Models
  • Sequential development model
  • Iterative
  • Incremental
  • Economics of testing

Test levels

Test types: the targets of testing

Maintenance testing

Section 3:  Static Techniques

Reviews and the test process

  • General Review Process
  • Review by Process: Walkthrough, Inspection, Technical review, Peer, Informal Review
  • Review by Object: Code, Design, Requirement,…
  • Success factors for reviews

Static analysis by tools

  • What is static analysis?
  • Static analysis Tools
  • Static Metrics
  • Limitations and advantages
Section 4:  Dynamic Techniques
  • Test conditions and designing test cases
  • Categories of test design techniques

Specification-based or black-box techniques:

  • Equivalence Class Testing (partitioning)
  • Boundary Value Testing (analysis)
  • Decision table testing
Section 5:  Dynamic Techniques

Pair-wise Testing

State Transition Testing

Structure-based or white-box techniques

  • Control Flow Testing
  • Data Flow Testing
Section 6:  Experience-based techniques
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Error Guessing

Choosing test techniques


Test specification documentation


Test management

  • Test organization
  • Test planning and estimation
  • Test progress monitoring and control
Section 7:  Test management
  • Configuration management
  • Risk and testing
  • Incident management

Tool support for testing

  • Types of test tool
  • Effective use of tools: potential benefits and risks
  • Testing Tool Comparison
  • Introducing a tool into an organization
Section 8 and 9:  Automation Test
  • What is automation test?
  • Automated Testing Consideration
  • Key steps in Automation test scripting
  • Auto test script organizing
  • Scripting techniques
  • How to choose an automation test tool?
  • Quick Test pro tool
  • JMeter tool
Section 10:  Mobile Testing 
  • Mobile testing fundamental
  • Mobile test types: Functional, UI, Memory, compatibility tests

Objectives Of This Course

  • Provide knowledge for learners about software testing from basic to advanced level based on the international standard,
  • Train and develop learners’ software testing skills through actual software test cases,
  • Update state-of-art software testing technologies that are being used in the world,
  • And equip essential skills for learners to help them work in software testing environment professionally as well as quickly adapt to the testing tasks in software multinational companies.

Benefits After Course

  • Learners will know techniques and concepts of software testing that are being applied in successful companies to make their software for customers or outsource for other companies.
  • Learners will know how to improve the efficiency of software through applying all knowledge, processes, and technologies about software testing following the international standard.
  • Leaners who are new testers will adapt to challenges and contribute confidently to activities of software companies.

The Certificate On Completion

After completing this course, learners will gain the Certified Software Testing Professionals – CSTP® issued by FMIT® Institute.


FMIT is one of ISTQB's global partner who has a license to train and organize the exam in Vietnam.

  • The exam will be organized every two months
  • Fees for official exam as below: (VND/ person)
    • Foundation Level exam : 3,000,000 VND
    • Foundation Level Extension – Agile Tester exam : 3,000,000 VND
    • Each of the Advanced Level exams : 4,000,000 VND
    • Each of the Expert Level exams : 6,000,000 VND

FMIT will monthly organize the sample exam with non-charge for those who are interested:

  • 10 minutes for introducing about ISTQB
  • 60 minutes for sample exam
  • 30 minutes for answering the sample exam

Topics in syllabus are classified by learning objectives, define the level of knowledge that students need to know to participate the exam:

There are three levels of difficulty:

  • K1: remember, Recognize, recall
  • K2: Understand, Explain, give reasons do, compare, classify, summarize
  • K3: Apply in specific context

The structure of an ISTQB exam:

  • 50% of questions at K1 level
  • 30% of questions at K2 level
  • 20% of questions at K3 level

Test results will be officially posted VTB's website.




Note: Fees for official exams stated above were under the provisions of ISTQB



The distance between the candidates at least 1.5 meters.

Candidates sign at the end of the test

Information about the test

  • Multiply choice…
    • Only one correct sentence
    • One correct question/ point
    • Table of solution (on page 2).
  • A total of 40 points for 40 questions.
  • Must be at least 26 points to pass.
  • Preparation time is 90 minutes.

General Information

Information of the competition regulations.

  • Do not copy during the exam.
  • Do not leave your seat or go to the restroom during the examination.
  • Self-phones are not allowed.
  • Pencils are not allowed in the test.
  • There is a blank in the test for notes, drafts.
  • No mark for notes and drafts.

The examination results will be announced after 6 weeks. FMIT will announce by email to each individual

Certificates will be delivered after 6 weeks from the date of exammination results.

Process Execution

  • A supervisor guards 30 contestants as the most.
  • Supervisor is not the contestants’ teacher before the exam.
  • Supervisor must be the member of Vietnamese Testing Board or a person who assigned to supervise the exam.

Before starting

  • Hand out
  • Candidates have to present their identity cards.
  • Candidates complete their personal information on the test, especially. E-mail address. The writing must be legible.

The test begins when everyone is ready.

  • Remind each 10 minute period.
  • At the end of the examination ask the contestants to close and roll tests..
  • Hand in.


Q. Is there any obligated course before ISTQB Foundation course?

A. No. There is not. However, we suggest you should spend 12 months experience in software testing or software project before attending the course. ISTQB Certification is a challenge even for experienced people, so join ISTQB course before taking the exam even if you are already experienced.

Q. What is ISTQB Foundation exam (CTFL) ?

A. ISTQB Foundation Test consists of 40 multiple choice questions and 90 minutes to complete:

  • 20 level 1 'remember' questions
  • 12 level 2 'Understand' questions
  • 8 level 3 'apply' questions

To pass, candidates have to achieve at least 26 questions.

The test bases heavily on material of 'ISTQB Syllabus Foundation Level V2007'. (Free download in the website".

Q. You materials can you prepare for the ISTQB Foundation exam?

A. There are two key materials you should read carefully before joining the test:

  • ‘ISTQB Syllabus Foundation Level V2007’
  • ‘ISTQB Standard Glossary of Terms’.

Syllabus introduces the basics. Glossary provides reference of the terms used in the syllabus. Both of these documents are available for free download on ISTQB website.

Q. Can I joined ISTQB Foundation exam without attending the course?

A.Fully permitted.

Q. The structure of ISTQB Advanced Certificate Test?

A.There are 3 distinguish certificates of ISTQB Advanced Level:

  • ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Certificate
  • ISTQB Advanced Test Manager Certificate
  • ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst Certificate
  • Each certificate has a separate exam.

Q. Prerequisite condition to learn and take ISTQB Advanced Certificate exam?

A. ISTQB Foundation certificate is required and at least 5 years experience in software testing.

Q. The structure of ISTQB Advanced Certificate Test?

A. ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Certificate test consists of 65 multiple choice questions and 3 hours to do:

  • 40 level 2 'Understand' questions - one point for each correct sentence.
  • 15 level 3 'apply' questions - 2 points for each correct sentence.
  • 10 level 4 'Analyze' questions - 3 points for each correct sentence.

To pass, the candidates have to obtain at least 65% of the test.

The test is a major challenge to ensure that those who pass the exam will be those who own advanced capabilities in the field of software testing. So the percentage of fail is higher in comparison with ISTQB Foundation exam.

The test is based on the document 'ISTQB Syllabus Advanced Level 2007' and 'ISTQB Syllabus Foundation Level V2007'.

Q. You should read the document before for the course /the exam of ISTQB Advanced Certificate?

A. You should read this document before participating in the course/the exam of ISTQB at Advanced Level. 'ISTQB Syllabus Foundation Level V2007', 'ISTQB Syllabus Advanced Level 2007', 'ISTQB Standard Glossary of Terms'.

All the above documents can be downloaded free on ISTQB website.

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(VND / Student)
CSTP®HCM City25/03/2018Morning & afternoon Sunday
Morning 8:30 – 11:30
Afternoon 13h:30 – 16:30
10 sessions5.500.000
  • Payment mothod: By cash or banking transfer.
  • Accepting payment by credit card: MASTERCARD; VISA; SMARTLINK; JCB; UNION PAY; BANKNETVN


  • 10% discount for those who pay tuitition fees before a month or 5% discount for those who pay tuitition fees before 10 days
  • 5% discount for those who are old learners of FMIT
  • 3% discount for group of two learners or 5% discount for group of three learners or more


  • Learners are permitted to re-study freely if failed in the exam or not understood clearly and deeply the contents within 3 years


FMIT® Institute – 5th Floor, 126 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Tel: (028) 3930 1724 | Fax: (028) 3930 1725
  • Hotline: 098 854 0011

FMIT® Representative Office in Hanoi – 7th Floor, 18 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

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