About the Course
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The ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst course extends the broad understanding of testing acquired at Foundation Level to enable the role of Technical Test Analyst to be performed.
This three-day tutor-led course includes lectures, exercises and practical work, as well as exam preparation. The examination is held on the afternoon of the last day of the course, so allowing adequate time for revision. It is fully-accredited by UKTB on behalf of ISTQB and has been rated SFIAplus level 5 by the BCS.
Who is it for?
The ISTQB Certified Technical Test Analyst Advanced Level is principally aimed at test practitioners who have achieved an advanced point in their careers in software testing and are expecting to be actively involved in the technical aspects of software testing, including test automation, non-functional testing, white-box testing, and who want to increase their knowledge and skills beyond the levels covered by the Foundation and Intermediate qualifications. 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 and management consultants.
About ISTQB and the ‘Certified Tester’ Scheme
Founded in 2002, ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) is a not-for-profit association comprising 47 national boards (including the UKTB) covering 71 countries worldwide.
ISTQB has defined the Advanced certification as part of their ‘Certified Tester’ scheme that, with over 240,000 certifications, has become the de facto world-wide standard for software testing qualifications.
The ‘Certified Tester’ scheme:
- provides a set of professional qualifications widely-recognised by employers, customers and peers;
- enables software suppliers to hire and train certified testers and thereby gain commercial advantage over their competitors by advertising their tester recruitment and development policies; and
- enables comparison of testing skills across different countries, testers to move across country borders more easily, and multi-national/international projects to have a common understanding of testing issues.
Why is the ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst relevant?
We find that many people are easily put off this course by its name. Sure, it has some technical testing classes, but it contains the things you need below UAT level. That is, techniques for systems integration through to infrastructure testing. John Young Principal Trainer at TSG Training talks you through a lesson from the course based on Condition Testing.
The entry requirements for the Certified Tester Advanced Level Technical 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.
To receive Advanced Level certification in the module “Technical Test Analyst”, candidates must hold a valid Certified Tester Foundation Level certificate:
- 40 multiple choice questions, which contain a list of possible answers
- Duration of 90 minutes (or 113 minutes for candidates taking examinations that are not in their native language)
- A candidate must score at least 65% to pass (26/40)
The Advanced Level establishes a platform from which further skills and knowledge may be acquired at the Expert Level. Holders of the Advanced Technical Test Analyst qualification will be eligible to continue with other Advanced exams as well as progressing to Expert level qualifications, such as Test Automation and Security Testing. More details to follow when available.
Holders of the Certified Tester Advanced Level Agile Technical Tester qualification may also wish to consider the other Advanced Level qualifications, Test Manager, Agile Technical Tester, Test Analyst, Test Automation Engineer and Security Tester
After successfully completing the course and passing the exam, delegates should be able to demonstrate the following business-based outcomes:
- Recognize and classify the typical risks associated with the performance, security, reliability, portability and maintainability of software systems;
- Provide technical elements to the planning, design and execution of tests for mitigating performance, security, reliability, portability and maintainability risks;
- Select and apply appropriate white-box test techniques to ensure that tests provide an adequate level of confidence, based on design coverage;
- Effectively participate in reviews with developers and software architects applying knowledge of typical defects in the code and architecture;
- Improve the quality characteristics of code and architecture by making use of different analysis techniques;
- Outline the costs and benefits to be expected from introducing particular types of test automation.
- Select appropriate tools to automate technical testing tasks;
- Understand the technical issues and concepts in applying test automation.
In addition, after successfully completing the course and passing the exam, thew newly qualified ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst s should be able to use and put into practice the following learning objectives:
- Summarize the generic risk factors that the Technical Test Analyst typically needs to consider.
- Summarize the activities of the Technical Test Analyst within a risk-based approach for testing activities.
- Design test cases for a given test object by applying statement testing to achieve a defined level of coverage.
- Design test cases for a given test object by applying the Decision test technique to achieve a defined level of coverage.
- Design test cases for a given test object by applying the modified condition/decision test technique to achieve full modified condition/decision coverage (MC/DC).
- Design test cases for a given test object by applying the multiple condition test technique to achieve a defined level of coverage.
- Understand the applicability of API testing and the kinds of defects it finds.
- Select an appropriate white-box test technique according to a given project situation.
- Use control flow analysis to detect if code has any control flow anomalies and to measure cyclomatic complexity.
- Use data flow analysis to detect if code has any data flow anomalies.
- Propose ways to improve the maintainability of code by applying static analysis.
- Apply dynamic analysis to achieve a specified goal.
- For a particular scenario, analyze the non-functional requirements and write the respective sections of the test plan.
- Given a particular product risk, define the particular non-functional test type(s) which are most appropriate.
- Understand and explain the stages in an application’s software development lifecycle where non-functional testing should typically be applied.
- For a given scenario, define the types of defects you would expect to find by using the different non-functional test types.
- Explain the reasons for including security testing in a test approach.
- Explain the principal aspects to be considered in planning and specifying security tests.
- Explain the reasons for including reliability testing in a test approach.
- Explain the principal aspects to be considered in planning and specifying reliability tests.
- Explain the reasons for including performance testing in a test approach.
- Explain the principal aspects to be considered in planning and specifying performance testing.
- Explain the reasons for including maintainability testing in a test approach.
- Explain the reasons for including portability testing in a test approach.
- Explain the reasons for including co-existence testing in a test approach.
- Explain why review preparation is important for the Technical Test Analyst.
- Analyze an architectural design and identify problems according to a checklist provided in the syllabus.
- Analyze a section of code or pseudo-code and identify problems according to a checklist provided in the syllabus.
- Summarize the activities that the Technical Test Analyst performs when setting up a test automation project.
- Summarize the differences between data-driven and keyword-driven automation.
- Summarize common technical issues that cause automation projects to fail to achieve the planned return on investment.
- Construct keywords based on a given business process.
- Summarize the purpose of tools for fault seeding and fault injection.
- Summarize the main characteristics and implementation issues for performance testing tools.
- Explain the general purpose of tools used for web-based testing.
- Explain how tools support the practice of model-based testing.
- Outline the purpose of tools used to support component testing and the build process.
- Outline the purpose of tools used to support mobile application testing.
Syllabus – Key points
Pictorially, the syllabus concentrates on the key aspects of technical testing that are important to be understood and practiced by the Advanced Technical Tester.