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Software Testing Qualifications and Training

Software Testing Foundation exam format

  • One hour ‘closed book’
  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark is 65% (26/40)

Software Testing Intermediate exam format

  • One hour ‘closed book’
  • 25 scenario-based questions
  • Pass mark is 60% (15/25)

Pre-requisite for the Software Testing Intermediate

Candidates must hold the Foundation Level qualification and have at least 18 months experience in software testing and / or have completed a BCS accredited training course for the Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing.

BCS, the Chartered institute for IT Software Testing Syllabi

BCS Foundation in Software Testing Syllabus Overview (level K3)*

The syllabus covers the following areas:

·       Principles of testing

·       Testing throughout the life-cycle

·       Dynamic testing techniques

·       Static testing

·       Test management

·       Tool support for testing

BCS Intermediate in Software Testing Syllabus Overview (level K4)*

The syllabus covers the following areas:

·       Testing Fundamentals

·       Reviews

·       Testing and Risk

·       Test Management

·       Test Analysis

Software Testing Learning objectives / levels of knowledge

Level 1: Remember (K1)

The candidate will recognise, remember and recall a term or concept.

Example: can recognise the definition of "failure" as:

·       "non-delivery of service to an end user or any other stakeholder" or

·       "actual deviation of the component or system from its expected delivery, service or result".

Level 2: Understand (K2)

The candidate can select the reasons or explanations for statements related to the topic, and can summarise, compare, classify and give examples for the testing concept.

Example: can explain the reason why tests should be designed as early as possible:

·       To find defects when they are cheaper to remove.

·       To find the most important defects first.

Can explain the similarities and differences between integration and system testing:

·       Similarities: testing more than one component, and can test non-functional aspects.

·       Differences: integration testing concentrates on interfaces and interactions, and system testing concentrates on whole-system aspects, such as end to end processing.

Level 3: Apply (K3)

The candidate can select the correct application of a concept or technique and apply it to a given context.


·       Can identify boundary values for valid and invalid partitions.

·       Can select test cases from a given state transition diagram in order to cover all transitions.

Level 4: Analyse (K4)

The candidate can separate information related to a concept or technique into its constituent parts for better understanding, and can distinguish between facts and inferences.


·       Can understand the various options available for risk identification.

·       Can describe which portions of an incident report are factual and which are inferred from the results.

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