Check your eligibility for CSTE Certification. Take this Sample CSTE examination

I have written many articles on Software Testing Certifications. Here is one more ‘Sample Exam Questions' article on CSTE certification. CSTE testing certification is the basic certification to check testers skill and understanding of Software Testing theory and Software Testing practices.

If you are applying for CSTE certification check if you can answer at least 75% of the following test questions. Four and half hour CSTE exam consist of 4 parts, two multiple-choice parts, and two essay parts.


Below you will find 20 Multiple Choice Questions from all skill categories. There are around 10 skill categories and I have included 2 questions from each category.

Skill Categories:

  • Software Testing Principles and Concepts
  •  Building the Test Environment
  •  Managing the Test Project
  •  Test Planning
  •  Executing the Test Plan
  •  Test Reporting Process
  •  User Acceptance Testing
  •  Testing Software Developed by Contractors
  •  Testing Internal Control
  •  Testing New Technologies

These are the latest sample questions from the CSTE CBOK.

Mark the answers somewhere so that you can check the score at the end of the test.

Q #1) The customer’s view of Quality means:
a. Meeting requirements
b. Doing it the right way
c. Doing it right the first time
d. Fit for use
e. Doing it on time

Q #2) The testing of a single program, or function, usually performed by the developer is called:
a. Unit Testing
b. Integration Testing
c. System Testing
d. Regression Testing
e. Acceptance Testing

Q #3) The measure used to evaluate the correctness of a product is called the product:
a. Policy
b. Standard
c. Procedure to do work
d. Procedure to check work
e. Guideline

Q #4) Which of the four components of the test environment is considered to be the most important component of the Test environment:
a. Management support
b. Tester competency
c. Test work processes
d. Testing techniques and tools

Q #5) Effective Test Managers are effective listeners. The type of listening in which the tester is performing an analysis of what the speaker is saying is called:
a. Discriminative listening
b. Comprehensive listening
c. Therapeutic listening
d. Critical listening
e. Appreciative listening

Q #6) To become a CSTE, an individual has a responsibility to accept the standards of conduct defined by the certification board. These standards of conduct are called:
a. Code of ethics
b. Continuing professional education requirement
c. Obtaining references to support experience
d. Joining a professional testing chapter
e. Following the common body of knowledge in the practice of software testing

Q #7) Which of the following are risks that testers face in performing their test activities:
a. Not enough training
b. Lack of test tools
c. Not enough time for testing
d. Rapid change
e. All of the above

Q #8) All of the following are methods to minimize loss due to risk. Which one is not a method to minimize loss due to risk:
a. Reduce the opportunity for error
b. Identify error prior to the loss
c. Quantify loss
d. Minimize loss
e. Recover loss

Q #9) Defect prevention involves which of the following steps:

a. Identify critical tasks
b. Estimate expected impact
c. Minimize expected impact
d. a, b and c
e. a and b

Q #10) The first step in designing a use case is to:
a. Build a system boundary diagram
b. Define acceptance criteria
c. Define use cases
d. Involve users
e. Develop use cases

Q #11) The Defect attribute that would help management determine the importance of the Defect is called:
a. Defect Type
b. Defect Severity
c. Defect Name
d. Defect Location
e. Phase in which defect occurred

Q #12) The system test report is normally written at what point in Software Development:
a. After Unit Testing
b. After Integration Testing
c. After System Testing
d. After Acceptance Testing

Q #13) The primary objective of User Acceptance Testing is to:
a. Identify Requirements Defects
b. Identify missing requirements
c. Determine if the Software is fit for the use
d. Validate the correctness of interfaces to other software systems
e. Verify that software is maintainable

Q #14) If IT establishes a measurement team to create measures and metrics to be used in Status Reporting, that team should include individuals who have:
a. Working knowledge of measures
b. Knowledge in the implementation of statistical process control tools
c. A working understanding of benchmarking techniques
d. Knowledge of the organization’s goals and objectives
e. All of the above

Q #15) What is the difference between testing software developed by a contractor outside your country, versus testing software developed by a contractor within your country:
a. Does not meet people needs
b. Cultural differences
c. Loss of control over reallocation of resources
d. Relinquishment of control
e. Contains extra features not specified

Q #16) What is the definition of a critical success factor:
a. A specified requirement
b. A software quality factor
c. Factors that must be present
d. A software metric
e. A high cost to implement the requirement

Q #17) The condition that represents a potential for loss to an organization is called:
a. Risk
b. Exposure
c. Threat
d. Control
e. Vulnerability

Q #18) A flaw in a software system that may be exploited by an individual for his or her advantage is called:
a. Risk
b. Risk analysis
c. Threat
d. Vulnerability
e. Control

Q #19) The conduct of the business of the Internet is called:
a. e-commerce
b. e-business
c. Wireless applications
d. Client-server system
e. Web-based applications

Q #20) The following is described as one of the five levels of maturing a new technology into an IT organization’s work processes. The “People-Dependent technology” level is equivalent to what level in SEI’s compatibility maturity model:
a. Level 1
b. Level 2
c. Level 3
d. Level 4
e. Level 5

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In coming articles, I will emphasize more on sample CSTE essay papers and how to answer multiple-choice and essay type questions. You can refer to previous Software Testing Certification Articles here.

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  1. Hi,

    How much time is approximately needed to prepare for CSTE exam? Is it possible to complete studying the material in CBOK in 2-3 months, if one hour is dedicated for it every day?



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  3. Hi I have masters in science, what certification should i do to start the job in testing field. was on H4 for 9 yrs so, now trying to get job. Any help and suggestions.



  4. Could anyone send me the latest version of CBOK. I am preparing for CSTE. I would be glad for that dear friends.


  5. CSTE preparation is easy –

    we have to thoroughly read the CBOK book for 3-4 times .

    objectives questions are easy if you read book 2-3 times
    subjective questions need few experience knowledge in too

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