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The New ISEB / ISTQB Foundation Syllabus

As you may or may not know, the BCS, in conjunction with the International Software Testing Standards Board (, has issued a revised version of the ISEB / ISTQB Foundation syllabus.  The syllabus was made public in March 2010, and is now the basis for both the ISEB Foundation and the ISTQB Foundation (CTFL) exam (as of October 2010).

The specific syllabus changes include the following:

  1. The underlying content remains unchanged, but the Learning Objectives (LO) were clarified, some wording was adjusted, and a few items were shifted into different LO categories.  Also, a “K4” Learning Objective was added.  Previously there was only a “K1” (remember, recognize, recall), “K2” (understand, explain, compare, summarize, etc.), and “K3” (apply, use).  Now we also have a K4 (analyze).
  2. The terms test strategy and test approach now have more consistent definitions.
  3. The idea of traceability between test basis and test cases is now part of Chapter 1.4 of the syllabus.
  4. Concepts involving test objects & test basis are now covered in Chapter 2 of the syllabus.
  5. The term “confirmation testing” has been superseded by the term “re-testing.”
  6. Data quality and testing has been added to multiple parts of the syllabus.
  7. “Entry Criteria” has been added as a subchapter (Chapter 5.2.3).
  8. Chapter 6.1 was shortened.
  9. The nature of the Test Plan and Mater Test Plan documents was clarified.
  10. Code of Ethics information was added.

As you can see, the changes were extremely minor and did not have any impact on the underlying content.  The syllabus was essentially fine-tuned.

Our ISEB Foundation / ISTQB Foundation courses have all been updated to reflect these latest syllabus changes.  As always, you are guaranteed to pass your Foundation / CTFL exam using a self-study training package.


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  1. The Relationship between the ISEB and ISTQB Foundation Level Certifications
  2. Booking Your ISEB or ISTQB Software Testing Exams

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