ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst

This follows on from the ISTQB Foundation level.

It is aimed at those experienced in software testing, with a need to know more about test analysis and design.

Exam fee - US $250 - read more below.

  • 1. Testing Process

    This chapter extends the knowledge-base from the Foundation level from the perspective of a Test Analyst.  It covers - Testing in the Software Development Lifecycle; Test Planning, Monitoring and Control; Test Analysis; Test Design (including the design of Concrete and Logical Test Cases); Test Implementation; Test Execution; Evaluating Exit Criteria, Reporting  and Test Closure Activities.

  • 2. Responsibilities of the Test Analyst

    This chapter shows ways in which a Test Analyst may support the overall test management effort.  It covers - Test Progress Monitoring and Control; Distributed, Outsourced and Insourced Testing; Risk Identification; Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation.

  • 3. Test Techniques

    This chapter continues the journey into testing techniques from Foundation. It covers: 

    Specification-Based Techniques - Equivalence Partitioning; Boundary Value Analysis; Decision Tables; Cause-Effect Graphing; State Transition Testing; Pairwise Testing; Orthogonal Arrays; Classification Trees; Use Case Testing; User Story Testing; Domain Analysis.

    Defect-Based Techniques and Defect Taxonomies.

    Experience-Based Techniques - Error Guessing; Checklist-Based Testing  and Exploratory Testing.

  • 4. Testing Software Characteristics

    This chapter explores Quality Characteristics for Business Domain Testing. It covers:
    Accuracy Testing; Suitability Testing; Interoperability Testing ; Usability Testing and Accessibility Testing.

  • 5. Reviews

    This chapter explores the process of conducting reviews successfully. It describes the use of differing checklists, depending on the document under review.  It covers checklists for reviews of - Requirements; Use-cases; Usability (of for example a user-interface) and User-stories.

  • 6. Defect Management

    This chapter extends the detail on Defect Management given in the Foundation syllabus.  It covers Defect Report Fields; Defect Classification and Root Cause Analysis.

  • 7. Tools

    This chapter focuses on tools which can be used in Test Analysis.  It covers Test Design Tools Test Data Preparation Tools and Test Execution Tools.

Exam Preparation Options

You can prepare for the exam via self-study or through an accredited training provider.

The former has the obvious benefit of potentially being more cost-effective in monetary terms.

The latter however can be a more efficient use of your time, with courses typically being 4 days long, taught by trainers knowledgeable in both the content and exam styles.

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