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A4Q Practical Tester

The A4Q Practical Tester is an AI-based solution to developing and embedding professional software testing skills:

  • The powerful AI-driven A4Q Practical Tester application accelerates learning with real-world scenarios and comprehensive feedback mechanisms.
  • The A4Q Practical Tester certification exam uniquely validates your know-how and verifies your practical ability.

» Practical hands on modular learning tool with AI driven feedback to ensure skills development and proficiency
» Certification exam attests to competency and ability to apply knowledge (free text exam, no multiple choice questions)
» Complements the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level v4

The A4Q Practical Tester learning tool is ideal for anyone who wants to develop practical testing skills. It will deepen understanding, embed knowledge and gives hands-on practice.

The A4Q Practical Tester certification exam will attests to your ability to apply testing skills (black box techniques, test case creation and execution, estimation, test prioritization etc,).
It is particularly suited to:

  • New testers or early career testers seeking to deepen understanding and practice hands-on application
  • Experienced testers, test analysts, test engineers and quality assurance engineers who need to reinforce their knowledge of testing techniques and approaches and demonstrate their skill.
  • Developers or other team members who need to develop their testing skills.

“Be prepared to meet the challenges of the software testing profession, ready to apply your learning in various contexts, and capable of adapting to the ever-evolving landscape of technology”

The A4Q Practical Tester assesses a candidates ability to:

  • Apply black box testing techniques (Boundary Value Analysis, Equivalence Partitioning, State Transition, and Decision Tables) to create and execute effective test cases efficiently.
  • Use estimation techniques accurately to enhance the overall efficacy and productivity of the testing process.
  • Prepare comprehensive defect reports that support improved communication with development teams, facilitate quicker resolutions, and contribute to the overall quality of the product
  • Identify and address issues early in the development lifecycle with strategies such as Test Case Prioritization and Acceptance Test-Driven Development.

The A4Q Practical Tester adds value to organizations:

  • Train and onboard new testers more quickly.
  • Upskill and cross-skill within the organization to fill testing skills gaps.
  • Improve testing skills within the organization to deliver high-quality software products.

The A4Q Practical Tester adds value to training providers:

  • Provides a roadmap for learners to develop a comprehensive toolkit of testing skills applicable to real-world situations.
  • Complements the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level 4.0 (CTFL 4.0) and offers compelling additional value for your customers.
  • Equip learners with the skills and confidence to transition into Advanced or Specialist training seamlessly.
  • No accreditation costs, includes ready-made materials to guide learners using the learning tool and value added exam prep.

To gain the most benefit from the A4Q Practical Tester, the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) certification is highly recommended.

The A4Q Practical Tester is closely aligned with the ISTQB® Certified Tester scheme and uses the same glossary terms and wording. However, holding the ISTQB® CTFL is not a prerequisite for passing the A4Q Practical Tester exam.

A4Q Practical Tester: Exam Details

The examination for the Practical Tester is based on the respective curriculum. The full examination areas are well defined in the Learning Objectives of the curricula. Consequently, the Learning Objectives provide the framework for the exams. The testing format is multiple choice.
Candidates eligible to participate in a Practical Tester exam either have attended an accredited course or they are participants of an open exam.
A4Q Practical Tester has its inherent value as a certification and will be of benefit to individuals seeking to develop and attest to skills in this field.  A4Q Practical Tester is also a mandatory module for the A4Q Practical Tester qualification.

The exam for the A4Q Practical Tester is available at:

If you have any further questions regarding the A4Q Practical Tester scheme, please feel free to contact us.

The Syllabus can be downloaded here:

The Exam Structure can be downloaded here:

The Alliance4Qualification (A4Q) is the official licensor for the A4Q Practical Tester Scheme. If you are interested in becoming an accredited training provider, please contact us.


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Extra time for non-native speakers.


Score is required to pass the exam.