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ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Virtual

The ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst course extends the broad understanding of testing acquired at Foundation Level to enable the role of an Advanced or Senior Test Analyst to be performed. 

Course overview

About the course

This three-day virtual course includes lectures, exercises and practical work, as well as exam preparation. It is fully-accredited by UKITB on behalf of ISTQB and has been rated SFIAplus level 5 by the BCS.

Duration

This is a three day intensive virtual classroom course.

After successfully completing the course and passing the exam, delegates should be able to demonstrate the following business-based outcomes 

  • Perform the appropriate testing activities based on the software development lifecycle being used;
  • Determine the proper prioritization of the testing activities based on the information provided by the risk analysis; 
  • Select and apply appropriate test techniques to ensure that tests provide an adequate level of confidence, based on defined coverage criteria; 
  • Provide the appropriate level of documentation relevant to their testing activities; 
  • Determine the appropriate types of functional testing to be performed; 
  • Work effectively in a usability testing team; 
  • Effectively participate in requirements / user story reviews with stakeholders, applying knowledge of typical mistakes made in work products; 
  • Improve the efficiency of the test process with the use of tools. 

In addition, the newly qualified ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst should be able to demonstrate their skills in the following areas once they have completed the course and passed the exam: 

  • Explain how and why the timing and level of involvement for the Test Analyst varies when working with different software development lifecycle models. 
  • Summarize the appropriate tasks for the Test Analyst when conducting analysis and design activities. 
  • Explain why test conditions should be understood by the stakeholders. 
  • For a given project scenario, select the appropriate design level for test cases (high-level or low-level). 
  • Explain the issues to be considered in test case design. 
  • Summarize the appropriate tasks for the Test Analyst when conducting test implementation activities. 
  • Summarize the appropriate tasks for the Test Analyst when conducting test execution activities. 
  • For a given situation, participate in risk identification, perform risk assessment and propose appropriate risk mitigation. 
  • Analyze a given specification item(s) and design test cases by applying equivalence partitioning. 
  • Analyze a given specification item(s) and design test cases by applying boundary value analysis. 
  • Analyze a given specification item(s) and design test cases by applying decision table testing. 
  • Analyze a given specification item(s) and design test cases by applying state transition testing. 
  • Explain how classification tree diagrams support test techniques. 
  • Analyze a given specification item(s) and design test cases by applying pairwise testing. 
  • Analyze a system, or its requirement specification, in order to determine likely types of defects to be found and select the appropriate black-box test technique(s). 
  • Explain the principles of experience-based test techniques, and the benefits and drawbacks compared to black-box and defect-based test techniques. 
  • Determine exploratory tests from a given scenario. 
  • Describe the application of defect-based test techniques and differentiate their use from black-box test techniques. 
  • For a given project situation, determine which black-box or experience-based test techniques should be applied to achieve specific goals. 
  • Explain what test techniques are appropriate to test functional completeness, correctness and appropriateness. 
  • Define the typical defects to be targeted for the functional completeness, correctness and appropriateness characteristics. 
  • Define when the functional completeness, correctness and appropriateness characteristics should be tested in the software development lifecycle. 
  • Explain the approaches that would be suitable to verify and validate both the implementation of the usability requirements and the fulfillment of the user’s expectations. 
  • Explain the role of the test analyst in interoperability testing including identification of the defects to be targeted. 
  • Explain the role of the test analyst in portability testing including identification of the defects to be targeted. 
  • For a given set of requirements, determine the test conditions required to verify the functional and/or non-functional quality characteristics within the scope of the Test Analyst. 
  • Identify problems in a requirements specification according to checklist information provided in the syllabus. 
  • Identify problems in a user story according to checklist information provided in the syllabus. 
  • For a given scenario, determine the appropriate activities for a Test Analyst in a keyword-driven automation project. 
  • Explain the usage and types of test tools applied in test design, test data preparation and test execution. 
  • The test analyst tasks in the test process
  • The test analyst tasks in risk-based testing
  • Test techniques
  • Testing software quality characteristics
  • Reviews
  • Test tools and automation

This is an intensive three-day virtual course that includes the following:

  • All accompanying course material                                                                   
  • The cost of the exam 

Optional extra

  • Pass Protect exam insurance - A cost effective solution, providing insurance and peace of mind if things don’t go to plan with your first exam attempt. For more information and terms and conditions click here

Delegates will be provided with a Pearson VUE exam voucher one week prior to course commencement. This enables you to book and sit your exam at your local Pearson VUE testing centre at a time and date convenient to you.  Pearson VUE centres are worldwide, and you will be able to choose the closest testing centre to you. You then go along to the test centre with your photo ID at the specified date and time and you will then take an electronic exam. Your exam voucher will have an expiration date and your exam must be sat before this date as these vouchers cannot be extended.

Exam format

To qualify as an internationally-recognized Certified Advanced Level Test Analyst and be issued with an ISTQB® Advanced Level Certificate, delegates must successfully pass the exam administered by the relevant National Board or Examination Provider.   

  • 45 multiple choice pick ‘n’ mix questions which consist of the questions followed by a list of options  
  • Duration of 120 minutes (or 150 minutes for candidates taking examinations that are not in their native language)  
  • A candidate must score at least 65% to pass 

The entry requirements for the Certified Tester Advanced Level Test Analyst qualification are that the candidate must hold the ISTQB Foundation certificate and it is also suggested that candidates have a minimum of 2 years testing experience. 

Note that it is recommended that you attend an accredited training course run by an accredited training provider, as the overall exam pass rates are notably higher for candidates attending such courses. 

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