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ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst (2019 syllabus)

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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.

Entry Requirements

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.

The Exam

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)

Next steps

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

Course Objectives

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.
  • Create test plans which detail the planning, design and execution of tests for mitigating performance, security, reliability, portability and maintainability risks.
  • Select and apply appropriate structural design techniques to ensure that tests provide an adequate level of confidence, based on code coverage and design coverage.
  • Effectively participate in technical reviews with developers and software architects applying knowledge of typical mistakes made in code and architecture.
  • Recognize risks in code and software architecture and create test plan elements to mitigate those risks through dynamic analysis.
  • Propose improvements to the security, maintainability and testability of code by applying static analysis.
  • 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, delegates should be able to use and put into practice the following learning objective:

  • 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.
  • Write test cases from a given specification item by applying the Statement testing test technique to achieve a defined level of coverage.
  • Write test cases from a given specification item by applying the Modified Condition/Decision Coverage (MC/DC) test technique to achieve coverage.
  • Write test cases from a given specification item by applying the Multiple Condition testing test technique to achieve a defined level of coverage.
  • Write test cases from a given specification item by applying McCabe’s Simplified Baseline Method.
  • 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.
  • Explain how data flow analysis is used to detect if code has any data flow anomalies.
  • Propose ways to improve the maintainability of code by applying static analysis.
  • Explain the use of call graphs for establishing integration testing strategies.
  • Apply dynamic analysis to achieve a specified goal.
  • For a particular project and system under test, 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 lifecycle where non-functional tests should be applied.
  • For a given scenario, define the types of defects you would expect to find by using non-functional testing types.
  • Explain the reasons for including security testing in a test strategy and/or 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 strategy and/or 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 strategy and/or test approach.
  • Explain the principal aspects to be considered in planning and specifying performance efficiency tests.
  • Explain the reasons for including maintainability testing in a testing strategy and/or test approach.
  • Explain the reasons for including portability tests in a testing strategy and/or test approach.
  • Explain the reasons for compatibility testing in a testing strategy and/or 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

16 reviews for ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst (2019 syllabus)

  1. Jolene Wilkinson|Quality Engineer|Lloyd’s Banking Group

    Taking this course remotely in lockdown proved far more beneficial than I anticipated. I actually think there is a strong argument to take the course this way over classroom based. You take travel and potentially overnight stays out of the equation and the experience is much more relaxed and stress free. You can crack on with homework as soon as the day ends and don’t feel too tired to study or revise. My trainer was experienced and articulate enough to deliver the course to a high standard with the slides and a scratchpad to demonstrate. I don’t feel I missed out on anything by not doing this in a classroom. I would recommend virtual courses to anyone holding off booking right now due to lockdown.

  2. Narayanan Palani | LBG

    Mr Richard’s expertise, delivery and knowledge sharing is mind blowing, Lot’s of healthy takeaways. Thank you for all your help Richard

  3. Charalampos Saltsidis|IT Consultant/Project Manager|European Dynamics

    More than good preparation with additional mock test. I think that we were prepared for even more difficult exam questions.
    Most of the exam questions had already been explained by Rosie during the course.

  4. Hugo Rocha|QA Director|Instituto de Informática, I.P.

    Intense and informative.

  5. Charalampos Saltsidis | IT Consultant/Project Manager | European Dynamics

    More than good preparation with additional mock test. I think that we were prepared for even more difficult exam questions.
    Most of the exam questions had already been explained by Rosie during the course.

  6. Vishnupriya Paramathayalan|QE Chapter Lead|Lloyds Banking Group

    The revised syllabus was good for a virtual session and the trainer kept the class lively and engaged.

  7. Michael Thomas|Quality Engineer|Lloyds Banking Group

    Course content is good and very informative in preparing you for the exam. However, it is very technical and a lot of information to take in over 3 days.

  8. Teenah Prayag|Senior Agile Test Specialist|Sky

    Rosie explained everything very well and was easy to follow. She was engaging and asked us questions relating the terminology to our jobs and as well as giving us examples to help us remember them.

  9. Fraser Munro|Test Analyst|Computershare

    Could was good I did find it harder to do online than in person. Personally I would have found using paper copies easier. I did sometimes have issues reading the course materials so had to close browser

  10. Andrew Kirby|Test Lead|Royal Mail Group

    Rosie was knowledgeable in the subject and went through it at a good pace

  11. Wioleta Rak|Senior QA Engineer|Avast

    It’s been great, John has been a great trainer, he explained all very well and he made sure we all understood it. I really appreciate the practical part and that John gave us time to find answers and then we analyse the questions together so it help to understand the subject better and in case we choose the wrong answer we could learn why. This will definitely help to prepare for the exam. Overall the course even when done online was still entertaining and keep me engaged. I really enjoyed it.

  12. Vicky McCall|Quality Engineer|Lloyds Banking Group

    Great pace, really informative and interactive.
    Felt comfortable asking questions.
    Liked how John explained things on the whiteboard and added notes/comments to screens to bring things more to life and make more understandable.

  13. Josh Docherty|Senior QA Automation Engineer|WPA

    Good use of technology. Knowledgeable instructor.

  14. Wioleta Rak | Senior QA Engineer |Avast

    It’s been great, John has been a great trainer, he explained all very well and he made sure we all understood it. I really appreciate the practical part and that John gave us time to find answers and then we analyse the questions together so it help to understand the subject better and in case we choose the wrong answer we could learn why. This will definitely help to prepare for the exam. Overall the course even when done online was still entertaining and keep me engaged. I really enjoyed it.

  15. Vicky McCall | Quality Engineer |Lloyds Banking Group

    Great pace, really informative and interactive.
    Felt comfortable asking questions.
    Liked how John explained things on the whiteboard and added notes/comments to screens to bring things more to life and make more understandable.

  16. Josh Docherty | Senior QA Automation Engineer |WPA

    Good use of technology. Knowledgeable instructor.

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