I am sharing my general methodology for this kind of “multiple choice” test – Now I am not suggesting that this is the way you should do it yourself just that it works well for me!
NB I have completed a number of similar tests to the ISTQB Foundation level tests at various Vue/Pearson sites around the country over the years.
Mock tests for the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (2018) can be found all over the web but care needs to be taken as unless they come from a trusted source there is no guarantee that they are fit for purpose. Having said that I did find a lot of useful tests that I have personally used for my own learning/revision process here:
NB the above web site has proved to be a useful resource and aims to be a “one stop shop” for ISTQB Exams.
That said, the most valuable free resource are ISTQB’s own mock papers (which also have a full explanation of the correct answers) and are available here
(I used these sparingly as they perhaps represent the best way to verify your readiness for the actual test itself)
I also decided to purchase the Kindle version of this book – which I found had the highest quality tests in (slightly harder than the free “tryqa” tests in my opinion)
First up – if you are intending to take the test at a Person / Vue centre (as I am) then it is useful to know what to expect before you go into the test on the day!
NB The interactive mock version shown at the bottom of this page can be found on the Pearson / Vue web site here: https://wsr.pearsonvue.com/demo/ . It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the functionality before the day of your test.
While there are sites that you can pay a small fee to run mock tests in a very similar style to what you can expect on the day I have largely opted to run my own tests using good old pen and paper. I keep all my test related notes in a single notebook for the task and the image below is a typical page after completing a 40 question mock test:
By way of explanation I take the test on the left page and make notes, as I go, on the right (I use these after the test to review areas that I knew I was struggling on while doing the test)
The left hand page is loosely split into two columns and each column line shows:
- The question number
- My answer
- An asterisk if I think I should revisit the question (time permitting)
- A question mark if all I could do was make a guess
- The score per question (0 for a wrong answer, 1 for a correct answer)
NB I also have a separate scrap sheet which I use for notes.
The right hand page shows the questions I thought of as I was taking the tests as well as some follow up notes as a result of googling answers post test!
My personal preference is to undertake regular tests as not only do they help me chart my learning progress but they are also a useful learning resource in their own right as they help throw up areas that I am weak on and will want to brush up on.