Examination Foundation Level Core, CTFL

Below you will find information about what to expect from a course on Foundation level core, CTFL and what you as a student should pay attention to before taking an exam on ISTQB Foundation level arranged by SSTB.


No formal knowledge is required to take an exam on Foundation level. However, SSTB recommends you to hold a general knowledge about software systems.


As preparation for an examination you can apply for an ISTQB-course on Foundation level. The course lasts at least 3 days but can be split into different parts. Make sure that the course you choose is accredited by ISTQB if you want to be sure that it is according to ISTQB recommendation. (See Examination dates for available courses and Accredited training providers for training providers accredited by SSTB.)


If you believe that you already have enough knowledge about the content of the course you can take the exam without a course. 

Examination content

  • 40 questions
  • All questions are Multiple Choice questions
    (1 of 4, or 2 of 5)
  • Cognitive level K1 - K3
  • Each question is worth 1 point
  • No penalties (minus points) for wrong answers
  • Totally 40 points
  • 26 points or more are needed to pass

Who can take the exam?

Anyone can take the exam, but SSTB recommends that you have a basic level of knowledge within the field. See the text about Preparations above.

Duration of examination

Exam in Swedish: 1:00 (if your native lanquage is not Swedish and you do not master Swedish the time is 1:15)
Exam in English: 1:00 (if English is not your native language the time is 1:15)

Validity of the certificate

The certificate has a lifelong validity regardless of year or version