Quality is delighting customers
There are 3 levels: foundation, advanced and expert. At the end you can be an expert in Test Management, Improving the test process, Test Automation, Security Testing. More information you can find on the official site. I will share all usefull links at the article. Based on my preparation for Foundation level ISTQB, I can select few key tips that, in my opinion, led me to successful exam passing.
During the whole preparation I invented some encouragements and punishment for myself. It was something like “I can read a new chapter of my favorite book after one chapter of Foundation”, or if I switched from preparation to some more pleasant activities, I stopped myself with words “You can fail exam just because you are so lazy, or because you spent time on a very stupid movie – it will be a huge shame”. The strongest motivation is to pay for exam. There is no way out afterwards. It really worked for me.
When I read some parts of chapter that weren’t clear even after reading for the fifth time, I asked for help from the people around. Together we always found answers for all my questions.
About Exam. I paid for exam about three weeks before, by using Prometric service (find the link at the end of the article). On the day of exam I came to the Certification Centre, filled out the some paper documentation and headed to the exam room. Computer was already switched on, exam program was opened, and on the table I found a plastic (at least it felt like one) sheet of paper and a pen (specially for ISTQB). There were 40 questions, 4 variants of answers, only 1 was correct. I had 1 hour at my disposal. If you are not sure about some answer, you can mark question and then go back to it. I did so for a few questions.
About questions. There were no questions that I came across in mock tests. There were some questions (maybe 3), which triggered only one thought: “WHAT? WHAT DO YOU MEAN?”. So some questions were randomly answered. It took me about 45 minutes to pass the exam. I saw the result right away. I was given some paper with Prometric stamp. It said that I had passed exam. And the very certificate arrived three weeks after exam by post.
So I spent for preparation 5 months including breaks. I read Foundation and Syllabus twice. I watched online courses before passing exam. I passed hundreds of mock exams. There are a lot of them in the Internet. Also I’ve installed Test Competence application for my Android – really useful one.
And my ambitious plan is the next level or ISTQB.