Simple Comparison Among ISTQB & ISEB Certifications

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In this article I am trying to provide sufficient details to the certification aspirants in our testing community which could help them decide on the certification suiting their individual needs and taste, while most important factor being their pocket.

There are lot many similarities among the two certifications – ISTQB & ISEB.

Both the certification schemes are broadly equivalent and enjoy great respect due to being of international recognition.

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Simple Comparison Among ISTQB & ISEB Certifications

  1. 1. Let us compare the two leading Role based certifications ISTQB & ISEB In this article I am trying to provide sufficient details to the certification aspirants in our testing community which could help them decide on the certification suiting their individual needs and taste, while most important factor being their pocket. There are lot many similarities among the two certifications – ISTQB & ISEB. Both the certification schemes are broadly equivalent and enjoy great respect due to being of international recognition. Quick introduction to Major Certifying Bodies - ISTQB & ISEB: ISTQB ISEB ISTQB (International Software Testing ISEB (Information Systems Examination Qualification Board) is a Non-Profit Body) is the qualifications arm of the organization. British Computing Society. It decides the core syllabus & defines standard guidelines for certification exams being conducted by national boards for conducting exams in their respective countries. What are the Levels of Specialization you acquire with these certifications? Broad hierarchical comparison among two streams is given below
  2. 2. Functional comparison different levels of certifications are: Level - 1 (Foundation Level): This is the entry-level certification offered by ISTQB as well as ISEB to the software testers. Both these certifications are equivalent, since their exams use the same international level syllabus and glossary of terms defined by ISTQB. It provides an introduction to the basics or the theory of testing & this aspect is tested through short multiple choice objective-type exam covering K-1, K-2 & K-3 skill levels described below. These certification exams are administered at online-tests centers and other local examination bodies of various countries. Level - 2 (Advanced / Practitioner Level): At this level, ISTQB and ISEB operate on different schemes. Although both these schemes are quite similar & equivalent, since these too are built upon foundation level syllabus and the same glossary of terms defined by ISTQB. Hence testers have a choice to go in for either of these certifications. Following table describes some of the key points of differences among various schemes at these levels. Level - 3 (More Advanced / Practitioner Level): At present such third level certification are not available. Both ISTQB and ISEB are contemplating on coming out with this most advanced level of certification schemes having different merits in due course of time. Here ISTQB is likely to have different viewpoint from ISEB in following aspects. Vision of ISTQB Vision of ISEB # The aspirants for third level # To offer a full fledged diploma to certification are being expected the aspirants with a view to widen to concentrate more & more on their perspective and be able to detailed aspects of testing like enhance their qualifications in test automation or performance other areas supported by ISEB. testing. # The ISEB has a large basket of # It is believed that experts of qualification offerings covering ISTQB are already engaged in areas like requirements formulating the syllabus & engineering, project management, structure of exam. development & service management. Before going ahead with skill to skill comparison; let us briefly delve upon the various skill levels or knowledge levels for the testing industry being designated as K-Levels. What are K-Levels of knowledge? K-Levels or “Knowledge Levels” basically refers to the prescription of an upper limit of skills or knowledge essential for a particular certification. Hierarchy of K-Levels is described in globally recognized Bloom’s Texonomy of learning. Reaching a particular K-Level means that the individual has successfully achieved some measurable & meaningful objectives. How many K-Levels or learning objectives do we when talking about test certification?
  3. 3. K-Levels begins at K-1 being the kindergarten level of learning in testing & ending up at K-6 with specialized knowledge as described in the Following Article Article: Pictorial comparison of various schemes by ISTQB & ISEB with Knowledge levels acquired on our career path are: Salient features of various Level –1 & 2 Certification Schemes by ISTQB Feature Foundati ISTQB ISTQB ISTQB on Level Certified Certified Certified (Common Tester Tester Tester for ISTQB Advanced Advance Advance & ISEB) Level: d Level: d Level: Test Test Technical Manager Analyst Test Analyst 1 Pre -requisites None Foundatio Foundatio Foundatio n n n 2 Exam Duration 1 Hr. 3 Hrs. 3 Hrs. 3 Hrs. 3 Learning Levels K1, K2, K1, K2, K1, K2, K1, K2, K3 K3,K4 K3,K4 K3,K4 4 Examining Body ISEB ITB / Local ITB / ITB / (s) Testing Local Local Board Testing Testing
  4. 4. Board Board 5 Current syllabus 12th April Oct 2007 Oct 2007 Oct 2007 issued on 2007 (v2007) (v2007) (v2007) (v2007) 6 Exam format Multiple Multiple Multiple Multiple Choice Choice Choice Choice 7 Number of 40 40 40 40 Questions 8 Type of Independe Pick ‘N’ Pick ‘N’ Pick ‘N’ Questions nt Multiple Mix & Mix & Mix & Choice Scenario Scenario Scenario Based Based Based 9 Min. %age to 65% 65% 65% 65% Pass 10 Exam Compa - Each Each Each Each rability across ISTQB ISTQB ISTQB ISTQB different Testing Testing Testing Testing countries Board and Board and Board and Board and ISEB ISEB ISEB ISEB prepare prepare prepare prepare their own their own their own their own exam exam exam exam papers papers papers papers 11 What to do After ISTQB None at None at None at this Certified the the the Tester moment – moment – moment – Advanced Expert Expert Expert Level or Level not Level not Level not ISEB Available Available Available Intermedia yet yet yet te 12 Availability on Yes Yes Yes No Public Schedule 13 Exam Fee per Defined Defined by Defined Defined person by ITB / ITB / Local by ITB / by ITB / Local Testing Local Local Testing Board Testing Testing Board Board Board Salient features of various Level –1 & 2 Certification Schemes by ISEB Feature ISEB ISEB ISEB Intermediate Practitioner Practitioner – Test – Test Management Analysis 1 Pre-requisites Foundation Intermediate Intermediate 2 Exam Duration 1 Hr. 2 Hrs. 2 Hrs. 3 Learning Levels K1, K2, K1, K2, K1, K2, K3,K4 K3,K4,K5,K6 K3,K4,K5,K6 4 Examining ISEB ISEB ISEB Body (s) 5 Current syllabus June 2008 June 2008 June 2008 issued on (Version 1.3) (Version 2.0) (Version 2.0) 6 Exam format Multiple Essay Style Essay Style
  5. 5. Choice 7 Number of 40 40 40 Questions 8 Type of Scenario Written Written Questions Based Question & Question & Multiple Answer Answer Choice 9 Min. %age to 60% 60% 60% Pass 10 Exam Same core Same core Same core Comparability papers are papers are papers are across different used used used countries internationally internationally internationally 11 What to do After Practitioner in None at the None at the this Test Analysis moment – moment – or Expert Level Expert Level Practitioner in not Available not Available Test yet yet Management 12 Availability on Yes Yes Yes Public Schedule 13 Exam Fee per Defined by Defined by Defined by person ISEB / Local ISEB / Local ISEB / Local Body Body Body Best of Luck Friends !!!!! in your pursuit for these World Class Test Certifications Article by: www.softwaretestinggenius.com A Storehouse of Complete Knowledge on Software Testing & Quality Assurance under one roof

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