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Exam Structures and Rules - ISTQB Foundation level V4.0 [NEW!]

On the ISTQB website link, you can find this information:

  • No. of Questions: 40

  • Total Points: 40

  • Passing Score: 26

  • Exam Length (mins): 60 (+25% Non-Native Language)

  • No. of Questions: 40 - The exam shall consist of 40 multiple-choice questions

Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs): All questions in the ISTQB CTFL exam follow a multiple-choice format. In these questions, candidates are presented with a question stem and a list of answer choices. They are required to select the single correct answer from the provided options.

Questions with Multiple Correct Answers: While most questions have a single correct answer, there may be a small number of questions (usually 1-2 per exam ticket) that are designed to have more than one correct answer. In these cases, the question description will explicitly specify that there are multiple correct answers, and candidates will be required to select all the correct options. These questions typically have five answer choices, and candidates need to choose the appropriate combination of correct answers.


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  • Total Points: 40 - Each question is worth exactly ONE point. The maximum possible score for each examination is 40 points

  • Passing Score: 26 - A score of 65% (26 points or more) is required to pass

The most important of these three exam rules is that Each question is worth exactly ONE point. on the exam 40 questions and ALL questions worth exactly ONE point. Why is this important? Because the questions are of different levels of difficulty. According to the document Exam Structures and Rules Version 1.1 Compatible with Syllabus on Foundation and Advanced Levels, and Specialist Modules Exam takers are expected to allocate 1 minute to K1 level questions. Exam takers are expected to allocate 1 to 2 minutes to K2 level question. Exam takers are expected to allocate 3 minutes to K3 level questions. K3 questions are the most challenging and require candidates to synthesize information from various sources, evaluate complex testing situations, and make critical decisions. Sometimes just reading and understanding the question description takes 2-3 minutes. And some questions are so difficult that finding the right answer can take 5-10 minutes. There will be a total of 8 K3 level questions on the exam. Therefore, we advise you to take the exam twice. The first time to answer ONLY the questions of the K1 and K2 level, it is 32 questions. It will take you about 30-40 minutes. And even after you have answered the simpler questions without time pressure, you can answer the long, complex and confusing questions of the K3 level. If you answer the questions sequentially, you may get stuck on one of the questions for 10 minutes, say a state transition question. And then, under the pressure of time, you can make mistakes in simple questions.

  • Exam Length (mins): 60 (+25% Non-Native Language) - The time allowed for each examination is exactly 60 minutes. If the examination language, is not native an additional 15 minutes is allowed

60 minutes looks like a lot of time, but the number of questions is 40. To find the answer to the question mostly takes less than a minute, but some questions may take 5 minutes or more. Time is really short. That's why If English isn't your native language, it is recommended to pass the exam in English anyway. First of all, you will have extra 15 minutes. And moreover, It is unlikely to be sure, 100 percent, that each term can be accurately translated from English into other languages. That is why do not forget to check the Time extension check box When you will register for the exam.



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