About the A4Q Practical Tester

The A4Q Practical Tester certification program equips you with the skills and knowledge to confidently navigate real-world software testing scenarios. This innovative program addresses the industry's growing demand for testers who can effectively apply their theoretical knowledge in practical testing situations.

Key Features:

  • Focus on Practical Application: Unlike traditional multiple-choice exams, the A4Q Practical Tester utilizes open-text assessments that require you to apply testing techniques and create essential testing deliverables.
  • AI-Powered Learning: The interactive learning platform utilizes AI technology to simulate realistic testing scenarios. This allows you to actively engage with the material, solidify your understanding, and develop problem-solving skills.
  • Comprehensive Feedback Mechanisms: Gain valuable insights through our dynamic feedback system. The AI-powered feedback evaluates your work and provides personalized guidance, helping you refine your approach and solidify your knowledge.

Benefits for Exam Takers:

  • Master In-Demand Skills: The program focuses on practical testing skills sought after by employers. You'll gain a deep understanding of core testing principles and techniques through interactive modules and hands-on exercises.
  • Demonstrate Competency: Successfully completing the program validates your ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations.
  • Internationally Recognized Certification: This certification sets you apart as a valuable asset to any software development team.

The A4Q Practical Tester certification is aligned with the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level and the ISTQB® Glossary, ensuring a solid foundation in testing principles, techniques, and approaches. To gain the most benefit from the A4Q Practical Tester, the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) certification is highly recommended. However, holding the ISTQB® CTFL is not a prerequisite for passing the A4Q Practical Tester exam.

The syllabus can be downloaded here:
English: A4Q Practical Tester


What you will learn:

  • Mastery of Core Testing Techniques: Learn to effectively apply black-box testing techniques like Boundary Value Analysis, Equivalence Partitioning, State Transition, and Decision Tables. This will enable you to create and execute efficient test cases that ensure thorough software coverage.

  • Enhanced Estimation Skills: Develop the ability to accurately use estimation techniques in the testing process. This will improve your overall efficiency and contribute to a more productive testing workflow.

  • Early Issue Identification and Resolution: Gain the knowledge and strategies needed to identify and address software issues early in the development lifecycle. Techniques like Test Case Prioritization and Acceptance Test-Driven Development will equip you to proactively find and resolve potential problems.

  • Effective Test Plan Creation: Learn how to create comprehensive test plans that provide a clear framework and structure for successful testing endeavours. These plans will ensure all stakeholders have a clear understanding of the testing process and its critical components.

Visit the A4Q Practical Tester website to learn more.


The exam shall be comprised of 15 questions. A score of at least 65% is required to pass the exam. The time allowed to take the exam is 60 minutes. If the candidate’s native language is not the examination language, the candidate may be allowed an extra 25% (15 minutes) time.

Other than with multiple-choice exams, partial scores are possible in the A4Q Practical Tester exam. This means you cannot only be entirely correct or wrong; it is also possible to achieve partial scores when your answer is partially correct.

The A4Q Practical Tester certification exam is based on the A4Q Practical Tester syllabus. Candidates are assessed against the “Practical Objectives” and must demonstrate their ability to effectively and accurately apply techniques and approaches. The assessment format is open text (the exam does not include multiple choice questions); Assessors will look for comprehensive and complete responses that align with the syllabus.

Please find the exam structure here: A4Q Practical Tester Exam Structure

If you should be interested in becoming an accredited training provider for the A4Q Practical Tester please email us on info@gasq.org and we will contact you to arrange the details as soon as possible.

The A4Q Practical Tester app is a powerful learning tool supporting exam preparation. Candidates can also participate in an instructor-led A4Q Practical Tester training course, where they are guided through the syllabus using the learning tool to reinforce their skills development.

Please find the exam instructions for an Online@Home Exam here: GASQ Online@Home Exam Instruction - A4Q Practical Tester

You can test your knowledge by buying a training voucher for the A4Q Practical Tester AI Learning App here.

If you have an exam voucher, you can redeem the exam voucher here.


I have lost my certificate. Is it possible to apply for a new one?
It is possible to apply for a replacement certificate; a processing fee of € 35 will be charged.

If I do not pass, is it possible to take the exam again?
Yes, you can re-take the exam; however, you will be charged another exam fee.

Will my certificate expire?
No, the certificate is lifelong valid.

Will I incur any other fees besides the exam fee?

Is an ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) certificate mandatory to obtain the A4Q Practical Tester certificate?
No. We do however recommend holding the ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate.

How long does it take to get the A4Q Practical Tester exam result?
We will send out the result within one week.

Will my results be verified by an expert?
Yes. An expert always verifies all exam results.