Many testers who want to pass ISTQB ask me how to pass ISTQB Foundation Level easily. Most of them are from India.
If you are from India, you have two choices to make while taking ISTQB Exam – You can appear the exam from
1. NSEiT Center – This is conducted by Indian Testing Board
2. Prometric or PearsonVue Centers – Exam conducted by BCS ISEB – UK Testing Board

So the question is “Can I take the exam from Prometric/PearsonVue – UK Board exam while I am in India?
The answer is ‘Yes’.

ISTQB is an International Certification Board for Software Testing. Indian Testing Board (ITB) or BCS ISEB (UKTB) or any other boards such as Canada, ASTQB, Australian board etc. are approved national boards who can conduct exams. It is not necessary that you have to take the exam from that particular country board if you are a citizen and resident of that country.

So let me answer some frequently asked questions about ISTQB exam and boards –

1. What is the difference between ISTQB Certification and ISEB Certification?
This is a wrong question. ISEB is a board – the full form is Information Systems Examination Board, it is not an exam. ISTQB Certification is the exam which ISEB can also conduct, same as Indian board or any other national board can do. And let me tell you ISEB has other exams such ITIL or BA exam apart from ISTQB Foundation or Advanced Level exams. ISEB (now called BCS) is equivalent to ITB/ANZTB/ASTQB/CSTB etc. All of them can conduct the ISTQB exams – Foundation/Advanced Level etc. Does this answer your question? No more confution on what is the difference between ISEB and ISTQB.

2. So what is difference among ISTQB exams conducted by ISEB and ITB or any other board?
Technically, no difference. All the boards use the same syllabus, same exam pattern, same questioning guidelines, same number of questions in the exam, same passing marks, and same exam time duration; probably even the same question bank. It is like buying an iPhone from different country, you get the same iPhone but with different sales invoice/bill depending on from which country/vendor you bought it.

3. Which board is more popular or has more ‘value’?
Stupid question. iPhone purchased in which shop has more value? All board has same weightage, all certificates issued by each board are accepted worldwide. There are thousands of Indian Testers who had passed the ISTQB exam in India, and they are working in USA. They did not have to appear the ISTQB exam conducted by ASTQB again when they go to USA. Their Indian Board ISTQB certificates are accepted without any question. This is true for any location/country.

4. Does the certificate look different?
Yes. Based on which board has issued the certificate, the look/template of the certificate will be different. The iPhone bill in India will be different from iPhone bill template in USA or China, even though the product iPhone is same. But all the certificates will carry ISTQB Logo and will have a valid certificate serial number which can be validated from the board’s website.

5. Prometric or PearsonVue centers are available in every city/country. Does that mean I can take ISTQB from any Prometric/PearsonVue center?
Yes, Prometric/PearsonVue center conducts only BCS- ISEB Board exam for ISTQB. That means if you attempt exam from Prometric/PearsonVue centers, you are attempting from UKTB, which is valid worldwide.

6. Can I choose between country specific board center or I should go for Prometric/PearsonVue center exam?
Absolutely your choice. Country boards have different exam centers, for example NSEiT for India, Kryterion for USA. You can choose anything that you would like – depending on center location, exam availability date etc.

7. Which one do you prefer – Prometric/PearsonVue center OR specific country board exam centers?
Personally, I prefer Prometric/PearsonVue center. Why it is because – in Prometric/PearsonVue you can schedule the exam online and you can choose your own exam date and time. The results are declared as soon the exam is over. The exam centers are available all over the world. The other country board has specific exam date in a month – for example in India, you have to book your exam based on their monthly exam schedule. Your payment draft has to reach to the ITB office at least 2 weeks prior to the exam date. The rescheduling of the exam is complex. In Prometric/PearsonVue centers the things are lot easier.

I started this post as how to pass ISTQB exam quickly and easily in India. One option is to attempt exam from UK Board, without having to wait for monthly exam schedule.

8. How to register for UK Board exam from India (or any other country)?
You can either visit a nearest Prometric or PearsonVue center and register for ISTQB exam or visit www.prometric.com / www.pearsonvue.com
The exam code in Prometric Center is BCS ISEB BH0-010
The exam code in PearsonVue Center is BCS ISEB SWT Foundation Certificate

The best way is to visit your nearest Prometric or PearsonVue center and ask them about the exam. They will be able to help you. See this article for more details.

9. Why should I buy premium study materials?
Most of the study materials available in the google/other sites are more than 10 years. Even the free sample papers available in our site are old and they are good only to practice. The actual exam pattern and questions are different. We have prepared the premium study materials in such a way that matches current syllabus and exam pattern. Premium questions are custom created and most the students who purchased our custom materials have passed the exam with high score. We have recently added audio mp3 files for your easy preparation, which no one else is providing.

10. Will the premium study material help me even when I am not appearing from Prometric/Pearson Vue center?
Absolutely. This is a generic study material prepared with the current syllabus and keeping in mind the exam pattern. From the past experience, we can surely say that this has helped lots of aspirants around the world. Just look at the variety of study materials we have included. A perfect material for quick and easy preparation.

11. Why should I buy premium study materials from ISTQB.Guru?
ISTQB.guru has been preparing its own self study materials for years. Thousands of ISTQB aspirants have passed exam with our study materials. There are few fake websites which has recently come up in the internet claiming they have premium study materials – all of them copy materials from us, and sell those bunch of copied stuff at a higher price. They often sell products using 3rd party websites, having no traces to the real person behind it.

12. There are many other websites who are selling the similar premium packages. Are those  same as ISTQB Guru’s package?
Let us tell you – there are 2-3 websites (one major website and another scam website) are selling similar products. ISTQB.guru is the pioneer and the first website who created and compiled authentic premium study material package since 2009. The other scam websites started copying our method and even trying to charge more (50 dollars) for the same copied materials. They ask you to download directly from the website after paying online. You don’t know what you will be getting as a material. They are anonymous. And if you see the language they used in the webpage, they are exactly copied from us. Poor guys, don’t know how to write their own content.

When you send us an inquiry to buy our materials, we, real human being, respond to your specific questions. You pay us only when you are satisfied with your questions. You will know our real names. We will answer your questions via Facebook Messaging and even we are planning to add Whatsapp support shortly. Why to buy from re-sellers/plagiarist (who don’t pay us royalty)? They are always falling behind us when we constantly update our materials.

13. I have already paid via Paypal/Bank Transfer. But I have not received the materials yet. What should I do?
If you have already paid, do not worry. We are working on your order. Your money is safe with us. We will send you the materials as soon as possible after the confirmation of the payment. Bank sometimes takes few hours to confirm the payment. Give us few hours, we will reply within 24 hours usually.
If you are in a hurry, please send us an email with the following details – Your name/how you paid/your paypal email address (if paid by Paypal) or bank name/branch location/transaction reference etc. If you paid with some other person’s account, please let us know the details of that person.
You can contact us via our Facebook Page Messaging (click on Message button) too, if you do not get a reply to your email. We will make sure that we reply with whatever first possible medium.

Whatsapp support has been launched for our paid customers only. The number is +91-9988-785-321. You can message us after you have paid. Please do not call this number. This number does not accept calls.

14. How can I contribute to the ISTQB.guru website? Do you compensate for contribution to this website?
Are you an expert in software testing? Are you already ISTQB certified? If the answer is yes, you can write content for us related to ISTQB exam preparation, question creation and content review, then we can compensate you appropriately. Please contact us through our facebook page. We will take your proposal from there.

ISTQB guru is the authentic study material provider for ISTQB. When you communicate with us, you will know you are talking to a real person. Don’t fall victim to online scam. If you have any questions, you can directly talk to us using our facebook page too.
Needless to say, the above post is applicable for any country including India. I hope this would help answer some the frequently asked questions around ISTQB Foundation Level exams including common questions like what is the difference between ISEB and ISTQB, ISTQB vs ISEB.  Practically there is no difference between ISEB and ISTQB certification for Foundation Level Exam.
If you have any further questions, use the comment form to ask. I will try to answer.

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Comments

      1. chandra

        Hi
        I still didn’t get the answer to my question.
        How do i make the payment.
        It shows through Paypal but how? how am i sure that you got the payment.
        please send the clear instructions on how to pay.

        1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

          If you have submitted the contact us form, we will send you the detailed steps how to send the payment. Paypal will send send you a payment receipt when payment is credited to us.

  1. Anand Shivade

    Hello Sir,

    Good explanation ! one more question pls :
    Can I register for ISTQB advance exam in India thru ITB process and attend that exam from UK (online exam) ?

    Thanks
    Anand

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Your question is confusing. If you register from ITB, you give exam from ITB. If you register from UK Board, you attend exam from UK Board. That should be simple.

  2. Rahul Gupta

    I am appearing for ISTQB from Indian tesing Board(NSEIT). Will your dumps help me to clear the paper in first attempt for sure ? Most of your FAQs suggests that your dumps are more helpful for UK board. If it is helpful, please let me know the procedure to buy it.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Yes, our materials are helpful for foundation level exam. Please submit the form in contact us page and we will be happy to answer your doubts.

  3. Arun D

    Thank You for shedding light on most discussed subject 🙂 No more doubts now. Glad, we have an informative article to share.

  4. Anita

    Hi , I tried to do transaction but getting error // We’re sorry. We’re not able to complete personal payments to account holders in India at this time//
    So can you please tell how I can do that?
    Thanks

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Please select goods/services when sending the payment. We do not accept personal payment.

      If you still have question, please write to us directly.

  5. Vijay A

    Hi Iam working as a junior level manual tester. I want to prepare for ISTQB Certification Exam. Iam a Resident at Chennai (India). If i subscribe today when would i get the Study Material

  6. sandhya gampa

    Thankq for response.. eagerly waiting for the premium material of foundation level exam as i want to appear for the ISTQB exam in UK testing board shortly in 2 weeks.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Hi Attila,
      Our study materials are based on ISTQB syllabus which is same across countries. You should study our premium questions. Those should definitely help you in your exam.

  7. sonu

    I understand below things:
    isqtb is exam name

    and we can give exam thru any of the board:
    ITB: indian testing board
    UKTB: UK testing board

    What is ISEB (now called BCS)?

  8. Priti Naidu

    Hello Sir:

    I am planning to appear for ISTQB exam in USA.

    Does your study material help me to pass the exam?

    Thank you,
    Priti

  9. Sandip Jadhav

    Hi, I completed my ISTQB foundation level, and i want to appeared for Advance level. but I have confusion, In which site I should ge which is better or valuable in marker. 1) Advance level for test manager @) Advance level test analyst or 3) Advance level technical test analyst.

    Please guide me.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      All 3 have equal value. Depending on your job role you can choose any level. What is your current testing job description?

  10. Jagdish

    can anyone tell me is there any difference between doing ISTQB certification from gasq board rather than ITB? is it equivalent? and valid in india?????

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      ISTQB certificates are valid irrespective of the location and board you have taken the exam from.

  11. Priti Naidu

    Guru:

    I have purchased ISTQB study material for Foundation Exam from you in Dec 2014.
    I am planning to appear for ISTQB foundation exam in Feb/Mar 2015. Is that study material still valid?
    Because I have heard ISTQB Foundation Exam syllabus has changed in 2015. What is the new syllabus?

    Please reply.

    Thank you,
    Priti Naidu

  12. Matteo

    A very simple question. If I pass the exam in a Pearson Vue center. Then I receive automatically the electronic certification in pdf format attached to an email? or where I have to request it? thank you

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      The exam board will send you a physical certificate (not by Pearson Vue – they are just exam facilitator). Usually you get the certificate in few weeks time.

  13. colleen

    I plan to take ISTQB foundation level exam in March, currently I only study the SOFTWARE TESTING
    An ISTQB–ISEB Foundation Guide Revised Second Edition. do you think this material is good enough? or you can recommend some other materials?

    “I want ISTQB Dumps 2015″

    Thanks 😉

  14. vijay Pandian

    is ISTQB foundational and ISEB intermediate different, of so can i try different board, will that be an issue.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Yes they are different. You can attempt from any board. Intermediate has no big value in the market. You should attempt for advanced level once foundation level is done.

  15. ISTQB Guru Article Author

    We constantly update our study materials. If there is any change it will be reflected in our materials too.

  16. Ram

    Hi, Does both Canadian Software Testing Board and Indian Software testing board takes questions from same pool for foundation level? Will both exams have same/similar questions?

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Both country board has the same syllabus. Questions will be similar. Same questions? – I will not bet on that.

  17. Manohhar Ragipindy

    I have taken ISTQB Foundation Level Certification on 21st March, 2015 (Pearson VUE) and waiting for my certificate. I have to submit copy of Certificate in my office for reimbursement quickly within 2 days, since Financial year is closing by this month, If i submit after wards , there is no claim for that.

    Now my question is 1. How many days exactly will take to get my copy of certificate?

    2. Is there any way to see my exam result or my certification number through online or your website?

    Please reply to my questions

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      1. It will take longer time to get the physical copy.
      2. I guess there should be a way to get the result.

      Did you pass the exam? If so, the exam center must have given some form of result and also you might have the payment receipt. That should work for reimbursement purpose.

      1. Manohhar Ragipindy

        Longer time means how many days?

        Can you please tell me in which way i can get results online?

        I have passed the exam, after completion of my exams exam center has given a form says that i have passed the exam. But for reimbursement it is not sufficient, HR people asking me to show completed certification details in online, like if we take exam in Indian testing board, they are displaying results from online in the following link

        http://202.87.46.83:7001/OESWeb/Login/loginPage.jsp

        In the same way HR people asking me to show your results online.

        If I know before llike this ISEB , then i cannot take exam with your board, this is too much, for getting copy of certification you people are taking greaterthan 4 weeks , that to everyone is telling that to get copy of certification it will take longer time, but really you d’nt know how many days it will take, really disappointed me for this kind of answer I am getting. If the thing is like this i will inform my friends that d’nt go with your board beacause if we PASS the Exam also, there is know tracking status through online, it’s a foolish thing.

        1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

          I understand your situation and you should talk to the exam center and explain your position. I really hope they would help you.

          1. Manohhar Ragipindy

            ISTQB Guru,

            I contacted Exam Center people, BCS people and Pearson VUE people.

            No one is responding politely, is that i did a mistake doing Certification with your board?

            Please understand my situation, I need to submit my copy of certificate in my company, they are asking me that are you really passed the exam or not?

            Because of delaying Certificate ISTQB board.

            Please understand my situation and do needful.

          2. ISTQB Guru Article Author

            Manohhar, you are little confused. We have no control over the ISTQB board. We are just an independent website and have nothing to do with official ISTQB board except that we produce study materials based on the official syllabus. If you have further questions, please send us an email.

        1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

          Sorry we are unable to accept payment via western union at this moment. Please arrange for paypal option.

          Our premium materials will include whatever mentioned in the premium page.

    1. pavan

      Hi colleen, I’m from Canada. I purchased materials from here and I’m all prepared for exam. Now I’m confused to take exam from pearson VUE center (UK exam) or from CSTB (kryterion).

      1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

        Go for Pearson Vue. The process will be quick and hassle free. Moreover, Person Vue (iSQI) is a global exam provider, not tied to UKTB entirely.

  18. Chini

    I have heard below things regarding ISTQB exam, could you please confirm which one is true:-
    1. ISTQB UK based exam is simpler from other board exam.
    2. ISTQB UK and US board got merged in 2010 and now they have same exam paper.
    3. Dumps are available only for ISTQB UK board exam and not for any other board exam.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      1. ISTQB UK based exam is simpler from other board exam.
      –> That’s not correct. All boards conduct exams based on the same syllabus. I would not expect any board to be simpler than another one.

      2. ISTQB UK and US board got merged in 2010 and now they have same exam paper.
      –> No. UKTB and ASTQB conduct different exams from the same syllabus as mentioned above.

      3. Dumps are available only for ISTQB UK board exam and not for any other board exam.
      –> What do you mean by dumps here? Do you mean actual exam questions? And how do you know for sure?

  19. Rama

    Hey I have passed my exam yesterday.but I got printed copy written only pass on it.tell me the process how I can get actuall marks I got .i talked at center but they didn’t helped me for that.also I talked at Pearson Vue center but same response. So I think you should know about how I will get my marks info also when I will get my certification copy.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Congratulations on passing the exam.

      Not sure how Pearson delivers the mark. The physical copy of certificate will be mailed to your address. Takes few weeks I guess.

  20. M Shihab

    Please send me the ISTQB foundation level exam dumps 2015 and premium study material. And how do I donate you? Please send me the payment link. I have filled the online enquiry form but didn’t get any response from you. Thanks

  21. kondu

    Hi,

    I am planning to take ISTQB exam in near future. I currently live in UK and planning to take from here. I have material for 2014 syllabus. I read some where above that 2015 syllabus got changed. Is that true? Do you think that 2014 material will not be enough? Can you please let me know which board would be advisable from UK and which center(prometric etc) to attempt my exam? Also, I am not aware of this exam procedure. please clarify or email me.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Yes, you can appear for the exam from anywhere in the World. Certificates are valid everywhere irrespective of the location you have attempted from.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      You mean our Premium study materials? We will give you an update when 2016 dumps are available. Buy why do you want to go for the exam in 2016 when you can attempt it now?

  22. chaitra

    HI,
    I am planing to take exam on Jan 2016. based on 2015 dumps can i take exam on 2016 since not able to write exams this year..Also can I make the payment through HDFC or Axis bank??Can I get hard copy material.Please reply as early as possible.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Please submit the contact us form.
      Quick answer-
      You will be able to pay using any bank transfer.
      Hard copy is not available at the moment.

  23. Deepti

    How long will I have to wait to receive the study material for Foundation level I made the payment by Paypal yesterday. Please let me know how and when will I get the material?

    -Deepti

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Hi Deepti,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. Our records indicate that we have already sent you the complete study materials. Good luck with your exam.

  24. kannathasan

    Hi Guru,

    I am in India now
    1.I have cleared the ISTQB Exam By iSQI Exam Provider After 3 year Can I able to Attend Advance Level in ITB Exam Provider??
    2..I have cleared the ISTQB Exam By iSQI Exam Provider if its possible to Write the CTFl once again in ITB?

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      1. Yes.
      2. Why do you need to take the same exam from ITB again? Possibly they won’t allow it if they come to know you are already passed the same exam.

  25. Shanthi

    Hi, I am from Malaysia. Are there any other payment options if I am not able to make the payment through paypal ? Thanks.

  26. Sharanya

    Hi,

    I had filled the form and sent the details. Before proceeding further i would like to know how many days will it take to receive the study material? I live in Pennsylvania. Please let me know so that i can proceed with payment?

  27. Raviraj A

    I have completed ISTQB “Foundation” testing certificate from ITB.My question is with this foundation level testing from ITB, can I take UK board advance testing certification?

  28. Madhu

    Hello sir,

    Above details of How to Register for ISTQB Exam from Prometric / PearsonVue Center are valid for only Foundation level or same for Advacned level also ?
    please clarify.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      That instruction was written for foundation level. The process would be similar for any other exam. You just have to know the exam provider and exam code.

  29. Shanthi

    Hi Sir,

    I am from Malaysia. Would it be possible for me to purchase the study material through Indian Bank Transfer ? If yes, what is the procedure ?. Thanks.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Yes, you can pay using Indian Bank account. Please submit the contact us form. We will get back to you with the details.

  30. clpretty6188

    Hello Sir,
    I asked my sisiter to purchased $35 for premium study materials for me because I don’t have paypal and I am living in Canada, how long I can get the soft copy? Thanks

  31. clpretty6188

    I passed my exam today with 80% correct answer, the primium study materials helps me a lot. English as my second language but I still pass the exam within 60 min, so I strongly recommend read this material and go for your exam, the ISTQB certification is just there.

  32. kannathasan

    I have completed ISTQB “Foundation” testing certificate from UK board.My question is with this foundation level testing from Uk board, can I takeITB advance testing certification?

  33. Sathia

    Hi team, I need to write istqb foundation exam for australia and newzealand borad(ANZTB).Is there any option that i can appear for the exam from India.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Your question is confusing. If you cannot attempt ANZTB exam from India. It can either be from ITB or UKTB via PearsonVue exam.

  34. Naveen Kumar

    Hi,

    is this ISTQB syllabus every year change? If yes than please can you send me updated syllabus for 2016 Year.

    What is the fee for your premium pakage for ISTQB Foundation in indian current with service tax.

    You will send hard copy of guide or softcopy.

    Thanks
    Navi

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      For foundation level the syllabus is still from 2011. However, the question pattern changes and question banks are updated.

      If you pay in INR, it is 1850/- all inclusive.

      Our guide book is a digital downloadable collections of materials mostly pdfs.

  35. komal thakkar

    i want to buy this book for passing the istqb exam…i fill up the form….nw hw can i buy this book through INR 1850….Plz ans me

  36. Tejaswi

    Hi,

    I have cleared ISTQB foundation level exam recently in Bangalore, India. So, my question is how many days it will take to get the hard copy of the certificate.

    Thanks,
    Tejaswi.GP

  37. Tejaswi

    Hi,

    I have cleared the istqb foundation level exam one week back in India. So my question is how many days it will take to get the certificate.

    Thanks,
    Tejaswi

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      Usually about 4 weeks. If it is delayed, please contact the ITB directly over the phone.

  38. Gurnam Malik

    Hi, I am planning to ITSQB through ISQI BOard, Please let me know is it a legal board and Certificate is valid world wide or not

  39. ASHWATHI SURESH

    Hi,

    I live in UK. Can I ask my father to make the payment from India and get the materials?

    Thank you.

    Reagrds,
    Ashwathi Suresh

  40. Kanchan Kumari

    Hi, I am going to book my exam with PearsonVue center. I wanted to know what will be the pattern of questions for ISTQB Foundation level Exam? Will it be multiple choice only or do we need to explain our answer (in premium question set there is place for explanation)? Also want to know how many questions should be there? What will be the time limit? Please help me.

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      1. Only multiple choice questions
      2. No explanation needed
      3. 40 questions
      4. Usually 90 minutes (but check with your center)

  41. Sagar

    I do have one query…I am going to appear exam most probably in Jan – 2017 end , there would be changes in course structure or exam pattern? If there would be any changes in course latest dumps or material include in your ISTQB Guide?

    You help would be appreciate.

    Thanks,
    sagy

  42. Chithkala

    I had given ISTQB TTA exam on Dec 11 2016. They had told results will be declared in 15 days, but its still not declared, any idea how to check result or how long it usually takes to get result?

    1. ISTQB Guru Article Author

      There is only one ISTQB type. The only difference is they are conducted by National Boards (Germany, UK). The fee is usually around 100 USD. Differs by country.

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