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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167 thoughts on “Check your eligibility for CSTE Certification. Take this Sample CSTE examination”

  1. i want to know the fresher can do this cste exam or experienced tester should participate in this exam.
    If experience tester need to do how many years of experience neede for this can any one tell me

  2. Mock test is very useful for a tester to identify whether He/She is ready to take up the CSTE. Keep on doing mock test with different questions.

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  4. Very informative blog :) … even i am planning to appear for the CSTE certification this Sept ….. please let me know if apart from the CBOK should we be refering any other books… also if someone has recently applied for CSTE i would like to interact with them …. i am not too sure of how the payment is to be made and also latest by when should it be made.
    Looking forward to a reply.

    thank you so much in advance.

  5. let me know the eligibilty for CSTE certification,i have done PG in computer application and have one and a half years of testing experience.

  6. Hi… I want to be a Software Test engineer, Can you please give me the list of the things i have to do to be a software tester? And please list me as where to start and whats first and next … etc… please mail those details.

    Thank you


  7. Hi,
    I am a testing professional and what to do certification in Software testing. I need you guys helf and suggestion regarding Testing certification and study materials and books. Please help..

    Waiting for your reply.

  8. Hi,
    I am working as Test Lead with 5.5 yrs of exp.I am interested in doing testing certification.Can anyone tell which testing certification should I opt for?

  9. Hi,

    Thanks for updates.Would like to know the prerequisite for appearing in Advanced Level?
    Is is mandatory to clear foundation level examination to appear in Advanced level.

  10. Hi,
    I have done software testing diploma. I am not woking anywhere.
    So I want to know which certification I should do?from the job point of view. ISTQB or CSTE and what is the difference between them?

  11. I had done my graduation in science(biology) and MBA in Business Economics.I want to enter in IT Field.Is CSTE a suitable for me????

  12. hi reenu,

    its better to take ISQTB foundation level, as you are not aware of testing. first you should know about basics of testing and go for CSTE.

    CSTE has some limitation, it require 3yrs of exp i think so.

  13. I had done my graduation in science(Electronics) and MBA in Financial Management(IGNOU). I have 8 years working experience in insurance sector (Operation & Customer Service). I want to enter in IT Field. Is CSTE an option or other alternate available?

  14. Hi all,
    Friends i need some help.!!!!
    I am preparing for CSTE exam..can any one do me a favour of sending the Descriptive questions/MOCK questions at least one complete question paper to my mail id,that would be very thankful and highly appriciatable.

    Anyone kindly can call me to 09986555826..myself from Bangalore,basically from Hyd.

    I need a little guidlines and previous question papers support to clear the exam….Awaiting for ur kind responses ASAP.

  15. Hii all
    can anyone expain me what is scrum approach and Extreme programing approach in Agile model and please differentiate it…
    please here so other people will also hav a look on that.
    Anyone’s help would be highly appriciated.


  16. hello all
    i am btech in 2009 and now i have 3 years of gap in my studies. Is testing course is beneficial for me ???? Kindly Help Me….


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