FiSTB, Finnish Software Testing Board


Advanced Level Security Tester

General information

ISTQB® Advanced Level Security Tester (AL ST) certification exam is supervised by an FiSTB representative. Exam is made up of formally reviewed and approved exam questions. Every exam is unique, though they may contain the same individual questions. You can find Advanced Level Syllabus from this ISTQB® WEB-page and sample questions from this ISTQB® WEB-page.

Exam has scenario-based multiple-choice questions, where there are one or more correct answers. The questions states clearly, how many right answers you need to choose. Correct answer is 1-3 points depending on the question difficulty. Wrong answers do not reduced your points. The certificate is granted by FiSTB.

Dictionaries (not electronic) and non-programmable pocket calculators can be used during the exam after inspection by the proctor. Usage of other material, e.g. cellphone or any written material (including syllabus and course notes) is forbidden during the exam.

Please be prepared to show official ID (e.g. passport or driver’s license) and ISTQB® Foundation Level Certificate at the exam site.


You need to have ISTQB® Foundation level certification (CTFL) or equivalent ISEB certification before you can register to the ISTQB® Advanced Level certification exam. We recommend at least three years experience in the area that the candidate will do the exam and to read ISTQB® Foundation level and ISTQB® Advanced Level syllabus. See Learning for more info on preparations.

Schedule and registration

ISTQB® Advanced Level certification exams are organized in two different ways in Finland:

  • Public exams for everyone - schedule and registration via Exam calendar
  • Exams organized by training providers, only for the persons attending to their courses - contact training providers for more info

Candidates must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to exam starting time.


You can take the exam in English.


Exam duration is 2 hours for English speakers and 2 hours 30 mins for others. You will get 30 min extra time if you have dyslexia (remember to show medical certificate at exam site).

Price and invoicing

See Exam calendar.