ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (2018) – “Tips on revision and the exam itself”

All the questions in the exam are multiple choice which gives the testers a challenge as what they really want to do is ask you a question and have you answer it so they can find out how much you know! What they are actually forced to do is to give you the answer along with the question which makes their job all the harder. One thing I have noticed in doing the practice exams (and the exam itself) is in order to discern how much you know they will endeavor to give you three very plausible answers to go alongside the answer that they are looking for. The best way to tackle this is to revise thoroughly (and pay particular attention to the way that things are described in the Syllabus as well as the meaning of words in the glossary – it’s almost like just knowing the answer is not enough, you also have to know how the exam board wants the answer described!

It’s also important to be aware of the passage of time while you are answering the questions – after all you only have 90 seconds to answer each one! Here is a quick test – grab a pen and paper , look at your watch and note the time right now – you have exactly 30 seconds to answer all the following questions (Don’t worry, none of them are too hard!):


  1. How many legs does an elephant have if you count his trunk as a leg?
  2. How much dirt is there in a hole 3 feet deep, 6 ft long and 4 ft wide?
  3. Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
  4. How many times can you subtract 10 from 100?
  5. I have three apples. If you take away two from me, how many do you have?
  6. If a plane crashes on the border between Europe and the UK, where do they bury the survivors?
  7. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
  8. If Mr Smith’s peacock lays an egg in Mr Jones’ yard, who owns the egg?
  9. If Mrs. John’s bungalow is decorated completely in pink, with the walls, carpet, and furniture all shades of pink, what color are the stairs?
  10. If you had only one match, and entered a dark room containing an oil lamp, some newspaper, and some kindling wood, which would you light first?

See below for the answers – if you got any wrong then hopefully you learned an important lesson that will help you in your exam!

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