FAQ/s Advanced Level

How can I register for Advanced Level exam? 

  • Check the examination schedule for your city.  
  • Fill the Online Registration Form .  
  • You will get your Reg. Number. You would immediately receive a confirmation mail in your Personal ID along with further instructions.
  • As per instructions proceed with payment procedures. If you are doing the payment through Demand Draft then the DD needs to be taken in favor of “SOFTWARE TESTING CERTIFICATION BOARD”, it should be payable at 'NEW DELHI' You have to send the DD to our Noida Office, click here for address
  • You have to send a copy of all Adv. Level eligibility documents along with the DD to our ITB Office.
  • You will be informed of the timing and procedure of the examination. Appear for the examination on the designated date, time and venue.
  • Please do not forget to bring a photo identity (Passport, Driving License, Election Card etc.) with you when you appear for the examination. 

Shall I contact the exam centre for Registration & Payment related queries?

No, Exam Centers are only for taking the exams. No enquiries will be entertained at the exam centers. For any queries related with examination, registration process, payment process etc. you have to contact ITB Noida Office. You have to send the payment for exam fees to the office address only. click here for Contact Information 

What is the exam format? 

Each Advanced Level exam module (i.e. Test Manager, Test Analyst and Technical Test Analyst) has an independent exam, consisting of multiple-choice questions split 'roughly' in line with the Learning Objectives of each chapter.

Each question answered correctly scores between one and three points, reflecting the difficulty, and the candidate must reach a score of 65% to pass the exam.

The number of questions and exam timing for each module is indicated in the following table.


Number of questions

Exam Length 
(in minutes)

Advanced Test Manager



Advanced Test Analyst



Advanced Technical Test Analyst



Is there any negative marking? 

There is no negative marking for the wrong answers. 

Does everybody take the exact same exam? 

No. The questions come from an international pool of questions and are being combined differently such that the exam itself changes constantly while the level of difficulty remains comparable. New questions are constantly being developed by the members of all national boards and the various working parties. 

Can I take the exam online? 

No, Advanced Level exam is not available Online at the moment. 

When will my result be declared? 

Advanced Level results will be declared after two weeks of the exam date. All the candidates will get individual mails with scores and status. Passing candidates will receive their certificate within eight weeks.

What is the refund policy? 

Once the registration has been done there can't be any refund. However change in examination date or venue is permitted provided it is done at least one month in advance. 

What is the examination fee to reappear for the exam if one fails in first attempt? 

The examination fee for re-appearing for the same sub-level of Advanced Level exam is Rs. 2,862.50/- )(Service Tax Included).

Is there any validity period for this certification? 

The ISTQB Certified Tester-Advanced Level certificate is valid for Lifetime.

Is there any study material for this exam? 

The Syllabus & The Glossary is the only material provided for the examination. Please go through the syllabus, you can refer to any testing books for your preparation. Please see http://istqb.in/istqb-advanced/2016-02-22-08-42-36/downloads for more information. 

Do I have to take a course in order to take the exam? 

No. The Indian Testing Board will administer the exam independent of any courses. You may take the exam at any of the locations published on the ITB website. Courses can be taken to prepare for the exam, and ISTQB compliant courses are being offered by ISTQB accredited training providers. In this case, the ITB will send a representative to administer the exam directly following the course per an agreement it has with ISTQB accredited training companies. 

What does an ISTQB certificate tell me about the skills of a software tester? 

An individual with the Advanced Level Certificate has extended the broad understanding of testing acquired at Foundation Level to enable the role of Test Manager or Test Analyst to be performed. Test Analyst skills may be further extended into the role of Technical Test Analyst.

The Advanced Level establishes a platform from which further skills and knowledge may be acquired at the Expert Level. After achieving experience as a Test Manager, for example, a person may choose to develop their testing career further by acquiring Expert Level certifications in the subjects of test management and improving the test process.

Can I use the ISTQB Certified Tester logo on my resume? What abbreviation can I put on my resume? 

People possessing an ISTQB® Advanced Level Certificate may use the Certified Tester Advanced Level (acronym CTAL-TM, CTAL-TA, and CTAL-TTA, according to the module for which they are certified.

People possessing all the 3 Advanced Level certificates can obtain the Full Advanced Level Certificate.

To Download ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level- Test Analyst logo, please click here.

To Download ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level - Technical Test Analyst logo, please click here

To Download ISTQB Certified Tester Advanced Level - Test Manager logo, please click here