International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) approved national board for India

Foundation Level Content

The following picture summarizes the contents of the Foundation Level syllabus:

The exam aims to verify that the candidate has acquired the professional knowledge contained in the syllabus.

The Foundation Level exam is characterized by:

  • 40 multiple-choice questions
  • a scoring of 1 point for each correct answer
  • a pass mark of 65% (26 or more points)
  • a duration of 60 minutes (or 75 minutes for candidates taking exams that are not in their native or local language).

Exam questions are distributed across K-levels, which represent deepening levels of knowledge, as shown in the following table:

Exam Number of questions per K levels
K1 K2 K3 K4 Total
Foundation 20 12 8 40

Exam questions are distributed across Syllabus chapters as shown in the following table:

Exam Number of questions per Chapter
Ch. 1 Ch. 2 Ch. 3 Ch. 4 Ch. 5 Ch. 6  Total
Foundation 7 6 3 12 8 4 40

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