ISTQB® Advance Level

Certified Tester Advanced Level for Test Manager (CTAL-TM)

Certified Tester Advanced Level for Test Manager

The CTAL qualification is aimed at people who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing. The CTAL Test Manager focuses on the advanced working responsibilities of the Test Manager or Test Lead:

Define the overall testing goals and strategy for the systems being tested. Plan, schedule and track the tasks. Describe and organise the necessary testing activities. Select, acquire and assign adequate resources to certain tasks. Select, organise and lead testing teams. Organise the communication between the members of the testing team, and between the testing teams and other stakeholders. Justify the decisions and provide adequate reporting information.

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Exam Structure

Candidates qualify for extra time if they are not writing the exam in their native language. Extra time needs to be applied for upon completing the exam registration form.

Number of Questions Format Duration Validity
65 Multiple Choice 180 Minutes Lifetime
Price Pass Mark Extra Time (non-native) Prerequisite
SGD 349 65% 25% None


Individuals in the following roles will benefit from this course:

Tester, Test Engineers, Test Managers, Software Developers, Quality Managers, Business Analysts, Management Consultants, Test Analysts, Test Consultants, User Acceptance Testers, Project Managers, Software Development Managers, IT Directors

Entry Criteria

To be eligible for the ISTQB® Advanced Test Manager exam, candidates should have passed an ISTQB® Foundation exam and should hold an ISTQB® Foundation certificate.

18 Months of practical software testing or IT experience is recommended but not required.

Time Bonus

  • Non-Native-Speaker can ask for 25% extra time (time bonus) in ISTQB exams.
  • In case of Foundation Level the extra time is 15 minutes (25% on 60 minutes exam time). So you have 75 minutes to answer your exam.
  • To get a time bonus it is necessary to fill in and send back the Application form for non-native-speaker time bonus at least 2 working days before the exam.
  • The certification authority will always check if your application has been filled correctly and if you are allowed to get the time bonus.
  • During the exam (or directly before the exam) it is not possible to get time bonus.
  • Also after the exam it is not possible anymore to re-open your exam to get time bonus.

You can download the Application form for time bonus here.


Download the documents below to provide you with more information about the structure of the exam.