What is the Egyptian Software Testing Board (ESTB)?

"The Egyptian Software Testing Board (ESTB) was founded on Dec 17, 2008 by a group of software engineering and testing practitioners, consultants, academics, and trainers. ESTB members are native Egyptians, working in leading Egyptian ICT organizations, involved and aware of testing and software process technologies, standards, and best practices

The Egyptian Software Testing Board (ESTB) was awarded admission as Member Board to ISTQB on March 26, 2009."

What is the ISTQB® - International Software Testing Qualifications Board?

​ISTQB® is a non-profit organization responsible for defining various guidelines such as examination structure and regulations, accreditation, certification etc. Working groups within the ISTQB® are responsible for developing and maintaining the syllabi and exams. The ISTQB® comprises representatives from each existing National and Regional Board.

What is the ISTQB® Certified Tester program?

The ISTQB® Certified Tester program provides certification for software testers internationally. There are three levels of certification: The Foundation, Advanced and Expert levels. For more info., please visit:

How can I be obtain the Certified Software Tester Certificate?

​"To be certified, you must successfully pass the ISTQB® certification exams. In order to pass the test you must acquire professional knowledge in the field of testing, and be familiar with the basics and work processes of software testing.

The Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) is the sole as the sole ESTB Examination Institute/Certification Body for the ISTQB® certificates in Egypt.

For more information regarding the exam schedule SECC provides, please contact:"

How do I find a Training Provider?

​To get a list of accredited training providers by ESTB, please visit:​

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

​The Foundation Level exam tests for knowledge, not skill. It provides information about the certificate holder's level of familiarity with the most common concepts of software testing and the associated terminology. It does not require work experience. The Foundation Level exam is a stepping stone toward the Advanced Level, which is more in-depth and much more practice-oriented. Information on the knowledge and skills that need to be demonstrated in order to get the certificate can be found in the syllabi of the Levels.​

How many ISTQB® certified testers are there?

​More than 200,000 testers worldwide​

What are the advantages of ISTQB® certification?

​"This certificate is recognized in multiple countries in multiple continents. Hardly any other certification has adoption in as many countries as this one. Please see ISTQB® Worldwide.

Test experts from various countries are constantly working towards defining and refining the syllabus, the exam pattern, the examination questions and compiling the valuable information on testing around the World.

The non-profit nature of ISTQB® ensures that nobody has a vested interest in promoting a particular Body of Knowledge (BOK) or a particular book. All material developed by ISTQB® is developed on a voluntary basis and are made available for free by ISTQB®. "

Is this certification acknowledged across the world?

​Yes, it is an internationally recognized certification program.​

What is the exam format?

​The Foundation Level exam is a 60-minute multiple choice, closed-book exam. The 40 questions making up the exam are designed to evaluate a candidate's knowledge and understanding of the entire Foundation syllabus. A grade of 65% must be attained in order to pass.​

What is the exam based on?

​The exam is based on the ISTQB Software Testing Syllabus which can be downloaded at:​

Are the exams always the same?

​No. The questions come from a pool of questions and are being combined differently such that the exam itself changes constantly while the level of difficulty remains comparable.​

What percentage do I need to answer correctly to achieve a pass?

​You need to score 65% or better to pass (i.e. 26 questions out of 40)​

Do the questions relate to the glossary as well as the syllabus, or do I only need to learn the syllabus?

​Questions relate to the syllabus but you will need to learn the glossary as well.​

Is attendance at the courses mandatory before taking the exam?

​No. but the courses can be taken to prepare for the exam​.

Is there any validity period for this certification?

​The ISTQB Certified Tester-Foundation Level certificate is valid for life. The ISTQB® Certified Tester-Advanced Level certificate is valid for 3 years.​

What abbreviation could I put on my CV?

​You can use "CTFL" for "Certified Tester Foundation Level" and "CTAL" for "Certified Tester Advanced Level".​

Is there any study material for this exam?

​The ESTB does not supply study material for examinations. Please see the resources page for syllabus:​

Can I take the exam online?

​Online exams are not yet available in Egypt. Exams are held only at the premises of the Software Engineering Competence Center (SECC) located at Smart Village, Building (B121) - Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Giza, Egypt.​

How can I become an accredited training provider?

​Please visit:​​