Certificate: ISTQB® Advanced Test Analyst
Duration: 4 days
Course Delivery: Classroom
This Advanced Level course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired at the Foundation Level. In this course you will learn appropriate Test Analyst analysis and design tasks for different lifecycle models, when it is most appropriate to use low and high level test cases, and the steps and considerations necessary when executing tests. You will be able to participate in risk management activities, analyze a specification to determine likely types of defect, analyze defect taxonomy for applicability in a given situation, and specify test cases using a range of specification-based testing techniques. You will also be able to specify exploratory tests and explain how the results can be reported, determine which specification-based, defect-based or experience-based techniques should be applied to achieve specific goals, and identify approaches to verify and validate both the implementation of the usability requirements and the fulfilment of user expectations. You will learn how to analyze a use case or user interface and a requirements specification or user story, identifying problems using a checklist.
Holding the ISTQB Advanced Level Test Analyst Certificate entitles you to use the Certified Tester Advanced Level acronym CTAL-TA.
Individuals certified at this level will be able to:
● Analyze a given scenario, including a project description and lifecycle model, to determine appropriate tasks for the Test Analyst during the analysis and design phases.
● Analyze a project scenario to determine the most appropriate use for low level (concrete) and high level (logical) test cases.
● For a given scenario, determine the steps and considerations that should be taken when executing tests.
● For a given project situation, participate in risk identification, perform risk assessment and propose appropriate risk mitigation.
● Write test cases from a given specification item by applying the equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis, decision table, state transition, pairwise test, classification tree, use case, and domain analysis test design techniques to achieve defined levels of coverage.
● Analyze a system, or its requirement specification, in order to determine likely types of defects to be found and select the appropriate specification-based technique(s).
● Analyze a given defect taxonomy for applicability in a given situation using criteria for a good taxonomy.
● For a given scenario, specify exploratory tests and explain how the results can be reported.
● For a given project situation, determine which specification-based, defect-based or experience-based techniques should be applied to achieve specific goals.
● For a given project context, outline the approaches that would be suitable to verify and validate both the implementation of the usability requirements and the fulfilment of the user’s expectations.
● Analyze a use case or user interface and identify problems according to checklist information provided in the syllabus.
● Analyze a requirements specification or user story and identify problems according to checklist information provided in the syllabus.
● Identify, gather and record classification information for a given defect.
To be able to obtain an Advanced Level certification, candidates must hold the ISTQB Foundation Certificate and satisfy the board which examines them that they have sufficient practical experience to be considered Advanced Level qualified.
You will receive the following as part of this course:
● Participant Handbook
● Separate exercise handouts with solutions.
● Separate practice exams with answer commentary.
● Testing in the Software Development Lifecycle
● Test Planning, Monitoring and Control
● Test Analysis
● Test Design
● Test implementation
● Test execution
● Evaluating exit criteria and reporting
● Test closure activities
Test Management: Responsibilities for the TA
● Test Progress Monitoring and Control
● Distributed, Outsourced and Insourced Testing
● Test Analyst’s Tasks in Risk-Based Testing
● Specification-Based Techniques
● Equivalence Partitioning and Boundary Value Analysis
● Decision Tables
● Cause-Effect Graphing
● State Transition Testing
● Combinatorial Testing: Pairwise
● Combinatorial Testing: Orthogonal Arrays
● Combinatorial Testing: Classification Trees
● Use Case Testing
● User Story Testing
● Domain Analysis
● Combining Techniques
● Defect-Based Techniques
● Experienced-Based Techniques
● Applying the most appropriate technique
Testing Software Quality Characteristics
● Quality Characteristics for Business Domain Testing
● Accuracy Testing
● Suitability Testing
● Interoperability Testing
● Usability Testing
● Accessibility Testing
● Exercise: 4_1 Quality Characteristics
● Exercise: 4_2 Quality Characteristics
● Exercise: 4_3 Usability Testing
● Learning Game: QC Pairs
● Test Analyst Role
● Using Checklists in Reviews
● When Can a Defect be Detected?
● Defect Report Fields
● Defect Classification
● Root Cause Analysis
● Test Design Tools
● Test Data Preparation Tools
● Automated Test Execution Tools
The Advanced Level qualification is aimed at people who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing. This includes people in roles such as Testers, Test Analysts, Test Engineers, Test Consultants, Test Managers, User Acceptance Testers and Software Developers.
This Advanced Level qualification is also appropriate for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of software testing, such as Project Managers, Quality Managers, Software Development Managers, Business Analysts, IT Directors and Management Consultants.
● Exam Format: closed-book format. Paper-Based. Participants may bring language translation dictionary, non-programmable electronic calculator.
● Questions: 60 scenario-based multiple choice questions.
● Passing Score: 65%
● Exam Duration: 180 minutes. 45 minutes extra time for non-native English speakers
● Proctoring: Live