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In the course students get a comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical background and methodologies of software testing, as well as getting prepared for the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level exam. The certification exam is normally in English, but is also available in Hungarian.
At least an intermediate knowledge of English since the course material is in English and you are also recommended to take the certification exam in English.
Chiefly for students interested in IT who wish to work in software testing within the IT sector, or are already working in that field.
This course is also available in e-learning format!
Students of the course will learn about the theoretical background of software testing its various methodologies, following the official course material of the International Software Testing Qualification Board.
Masterfield Training Center was the first training institution to be accredited by ISTQB, enabling us to hold official exam preparation courses. Besides teaching a lot of the theory and practice of software testing, this course also gives students the knowledge needed to pass the Certified Tester Foundation Level exam.
The success of our course is supported by the very high pass rate of our students. We are unique in Hungary in that any students failing the exam may retake our next Certified Tester Foundation Level course free of charge.
1. FUNDAMENTALS OF TESTING
1.1. Why Testing is Necessary
LO-1.1.1. Describe, with examples, the way in which a defect in software can cause harm to a person, to the environment or to a company
LO-1.1.2. Distinguish between the root cause of a defect and its effects
LO-1.1.3. Give reasons why testing is necessary by giving examples
LO-1.1.4. Describe why testing is part of quality assurance and give examples of how testing contributes to higher quality
LO-1.1.5. Explain and compare the terms error, defect, fault, failure and the corresponding terms mistake and bug, using examples
1.2. What Testing is
LO-1.2.1. Recall the common objectives of testing
LO-1.2.2. Provide examples for the objectives of testing in different phases of the software life-cycle
LO-1.2.3. Differentiate testing from debugging
1.3. Seven Testing Principles
LO-1.3.1. Explain the seven principles in testing
1.4. Fundamental Test Process
LO-1.4.1. Recall the five fundamental test activities and respective tasks from planning to closure
1.5. The Psychology of Testing
LO-1.5.1. Recall the psychological factors that influence the success of testing
LO-1.5.2. Contrast the mindset of a tester and that of a developer
2. TESTING THROUGHOUT THE SOFTWARE LIFE-CYCLE
2.1. Software Development Models
LO-2.1.1. Explain the relationship between development, test activities and work products in the development life-cycle, by giving examples using project and product types
LO-2.1.2. Recognize the fact that software development models must be adapted to the context of project and product characteristics
LO-2.1.3. Recall characteristics of good testing that are applicable to any life-cycle model
2.2. Test Levels
LO-2.2.1. Compare the different levels of testing: major objectives, typical objects of testing, typical targets of testing (e.g. functional or structural) and related work products, people who test, types of defects and failures to be identified
2.3. Test Types
LO-2.3.1. Compare four software test types (functional, non-functional, structural and hange-related) by example
LO-2.3.2. Recognize that functional and structural tests occur at any test level
LO-2.3.3. Identify and describe non-functional test types based on non-functional requirements
LO-2.3.4. Identify and describe test types based on the analysis of a software system’s structure or architecture
LO-2.3.5. Describe the purpose of confirmation testing and regression testing
2.4. Maintenance Testing
LO-2.4.1. Compare maintenance testing (testing an existing system) to testing a new application with respect to test types, triggers for testing and amount of testing
LO-2.4.2. Recognize indicators for maintenance testing (modification, migration and retirement)
LO-2.4.3. Describe the role of regression testing and impact analysis in maintenance
3. STATIC TECHNIQUES
3.1. Static Techniques and the Test Process
LO-3.1.1. Recognize software work products that can be examined by the different static techniques
LO-3.1.2. Describe the importance and value of considering static techniques for the assessment of software work products
LO-3.1.3. Explain the difference between static and dynamic techniques, considering objectives, types of defects to be identified and the role of these techniques within the software life-cycle
3.2. Review Process
LO-3.2.1. Recall the activities, roles and responsibilities of a typical formal review
LO-3.2.2. Explain the differences between different types of reviews: informal review, technical review, walkthrough and inspection
LO-3.2.3. Explain the factors for successful performance of reviews
3.3. Static Analysis by Tools
LO-3.3.1. Recall typical defects and errors identified by static analysis and compare them to reviews and dynamic testing
LO-3.3.2. Describe, using examples, the typical benefits of static analysis
LO-3.3.3. List typical code and design defects that may be identified by static analysis tools
4. TEST DESIGN TECHNIQUES
4.1. The Test Development Process
LO-4.1.1. Differentiate between a test design specification, test case specification and test procedure specification
LO-4.1.2. Compare the terms test condition, test case and test procedure
LO-4.1.3. Evaluate the quality of test cases in terms of clear traceability to the requirements and expected results
LO-4.1.4. Translate test cases into a well-structured test procedure specification at a level of detail relevant to the knowledge of the testers
4.2. Categories of Test Design Techniques
LO-4.2.1. Recall reasons that both specification-based (black-box) and structure-based (white-box) test design techniques are useful and list the common techniques for each
LO-4.2.2. Explain the characteristics, commonalities and differences between specification based testing, structure-based testing and experience-based testing
4.3. Specification-based or Black-box Techniques
LO-4.3.1. Write test cases from given software models using equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis, decision tables and state transition diagrams/tables
LO-4.3.2. Explain the main purpose of each of the four testing techniques, what level and type of testing could use the technique and how coverage may be measured
LO-4.3.3. Explain the concept of use-case testing and its benefits
4.4. Structure-based or White-box Techniques
LO-4.4.1. Describe the concept and value of code coverage
LO-4.4.2. Explain the concepts of statement and decision coverage and give reasons why these concepts can also be used at test levels other than component testing (e.g. on business procedures at system level)
LO-4.4.3. Write test cases from given control flows using statement and decision test design techniques
LO-4.4.4. Assess statement and decision coverage for completeness with respect to defined exit criteria. K4)
4.5. Experience-based Techniques
LO-4.5.1. Recall reasons for writing test cases based on intuition, experience and knowledge about common defects
LO-4.5.2. Compare experience-based techniques with specification-based testing techniques
4.6. Choosing Test Techniques
LO-4.6.1. Classify test design techniques according to their fitness to a given context, for the test basis, respective models and software characteristics
5. TEST MANAGEMENT
5.1. Test Organization
LO-5.1.1. Recognize the importance of independent testing
LO-5.1.2. Explain the benefits and drawbacks of independent testing within an organization
LO-5.1.3. Recognize the different team members to be considered for the creation of a test team
LO-5.1.4. Recall the tasks of typical test leader and tester
5.2. Test Planning and Estimation
LO-5.2.1. Recognize the different levels and objectives of test planning
LO-5.2.2. Summarize the purpose and content of the test plan, test design specification and test procedure documents according to the ‘Standard for Software Test Documentation’ (IEEE Std 829-1998)
LO-5.2.3. Differentiate between conceptually different test approaches, such as analytical, model-based, methodical, process/standard compliant, dynamic/heuristic, consultative and regression-averse
LO-5.2.4. Differentiate between the subject of test planning for a system and scheduling test execution
LO-5.2.5. Write a test execution schedule for a given set of test cases, considering prioritization and technical and logical dependencies
LO-5.2.6. List test preparation and execution activities that should be considered during test planning
LO-5.2.7. Recall typical factors that influence the effort related to testing
LO-5.2.8. Differentiate between two conceptually different estimation approaches: the metrics-based approach and the expert-based approach
LO-5.2.9. Recognize/justify adequate entry and exit criteria for specific test levels and groups of test cases (e.g. for integration testing, acceptance testing or test cases for usability testing)
5.3. Test Progress Monitoring and Control
LO-5.3.1. Recall common metrics used for monitoring test preparation and execution
LO-5.3.2. Explain and compare test metrics for test reporting and test control (e.g. defects found and fixed and tests passed and failed) related to purpose and use
LO-5.3.3. Summarize the purpose and content of the test summary report document according to the ‘Standard for Software Test Documentation’ (IEEE Std 829-1998)
5.4. Configuration Management
LO-5.4.1. Summarize how configuration management supports testing
5.5. Risk and Testing
LO-5.5.1. Describe a risk as a possible problem that would threaten the achievement of one or more stakeholders’ project objectives
LO-5.5.2. Remember that the level of risk is determined by likelihood (of happening) and impact (harm resulting if it does happen)
LO-5.5.3. Distinguish between project and product risks
LO-5.5.4. Recognize typical product and project risks
LO-5.5.5. Describe, using examples, how risk analysis and risk management may be used for test planning
5.6. Incident Management
LO-5.6.1. Recognize the content of an incident report according to the ‘Standard for Software Test Documentation’ (IEEE Std 829-1998)
LO-5.6.2. Write an incident report covering the observation of a failure during testing.
6. TOOL SUPPORT FOR TESTING
6.1. Types of Test Tools
LO-6.1.1. Classify different types of test tools according to their purpose and to the activities of the fundamental test process and the software life-cycle
LO-6.1.2. Explain the term test tool and the purpose of tool support for testing
6.2 Effective Use of Tools: Potential Benefits and Risks
LO-6.2.1. Summarize the potential benefits and risks of test automation and tool support for testing
LO-6.2.2. Remember special considerations for test execution tools, static analysis and test management tools
6.3 Introducing a Tool into an Organization
LO-6.3.1. State the main principles of introducing a tool into an organization
LO-6.3.2. State the goals of a proof-of-concept for tool evaluation and a piloting phase for tool implementation
LO-6.3.3. Recognize that factors other than simply acquiring a tool are required for good tool support
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