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Each exam contains a pre-defined number of questions, aimed at verifying the acquired professional knowledge of the candidate on the topics covered by the Learning Objectives for the relevant Foundation, Advanced or Expert syllabus.

All Learning Objectives in the relevant syllabus are examinable.

The Advanced level exam requires knowledge of the Foundation syllabus. The Expert level exam may require knowledge of the Foundation syllabus and any Advanced syllabus module that has been defined as a pre-requisite.
The foundation extension exams require knowledge of the Foundation Syllabus.

Learning Objectives are statements which describe what the student is expected to know or be able to do after mastering the syllabus content. Individual Learning Objectives have been defined for each syllabus section.

The Learning Objectives support the Business Outcomes.

A Business Outcome is a specific statement of what can be expected from a person who achieves certification in a particular subject area, e.g. an Advanced Requirements Manager, and will outline the benefits for companies who are considering the development of specific requirements management skills.

The Foundation Level exam has no pre-requisites. Preparation on the syllabus topics (obtained either through attending a course provided by an Accredited Training Provider, from professional experience, and/or through self-study) is recommended.

The Agile Practitioner extension exam has no pre-requisites.. The knowledge of the Foundation Level syllabus is recommended because some questions could be based on its knowledge as basics for requirements engineerings principles, processes and glossary.

To take the Advanced Level exams, the candidate must hold a Foundation Level Certificate obtained by passing the Foundation Level exam. The possession of the Foundation Level Certificate may have to be proven by the candidate. REQB® also recommends practical experience before taking this exam.

Regarding the Expert Level exams  the preconditions will be defined when this level will be ready.

Each exam is supervised by an authorized proctor (invigilator), who will distribute printed material (for paper-based examination) or make material available electronically (computer-based).

The candidate cannot use any study material or use electronic devices (including mobile phones) not supplied by the Exam Provider. Only plain paper and simple non-programmable calculators are allowed. An official translation of terms (not of their definitions) from the REQB® Glossary to the local language is allowed. Candidates taking exams that are not in their native language may use a paper-based translation dictionary.

Candidates must return all notes and papers to the proctor before leaving the exam room.

A breach of the above rules, as well as copying or other types of cheating, obliges the proctor to invalidate the exam, resulting in an immediate failure. Breaches of the rules or cheating may lead to other actions, as defined by your National or Regional Board.

The relevant REQB® Syllabi and Glossary should be used as a minimum. Other suggested preparation material (books etc.) may be found in the "Reference" chapter of each syllabus or in this website's References section.

REQB® exams are offered through Member Boards and Exam Providers. An Exam Provider is an organization licensed by a Member Board to offer exams locally and internationally including online exams. Please contact them to know more about when and where the exams are planned, applicable fees and booking information.

Foundation level and Advanced level exams, including the extensions, are based on Multiple Choice questions.
Each Multiple Choice question consists of a problem and a list of suggested solutions (options) and can be either single-answer or multiple-answer (Pick-N).
A single-answer type question has 4 suggested solutions, of which 1 and only 1 is correct.
For a Pick-N type question, the candidate is presented with a list of options from which to choose, and instructions on how many correct items to select from the list. For example:

  • if there are 5 options presented, there will be no more than 2 correct options to be selected.
  • If there are 7 options presented, there will be no more than 3 correct options to be selected.

Each question is classified according to the cognitive level, the K-level (also known as level of knowledge).

  • K1 (Remember): The candidate should remember or recognize a term or a concept.
  • K2 (Understand): The candidate should select an explanation for a statement related to the question topic.
  • K3 (Apply): The candidate should select the correct application of a concept or technique and apply it to a given context.
  • K4 (Analyze): The candidate can separate information related to a procedure or technique into its constituent parts for better understanding and can distinguish between facts and inferences.

The exams are available in paper-based or computer-based electronic formats.

Not all National or Regional Boards and Exam Providers provide both alternatives. Please ask your National or Regional Board or your Exam Provider which alternatives they offer for the different exam levels.