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ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst

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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. 

This three-day tutor-led course includes lectures, exercises and practical work, as well as exam preparation.  The examination is held at an agreed later date, so allowing adequate time for revision.  It is fully-accredited by UKITB on behalf of ISTQB and has been rated SFIAplus level 5 by the BCS. 

Who is it for?

The ISTQB Certified 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 analysis, specification, design and execution aspects of software 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 UKITB) 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.

Entry Requirements

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. 

The Exam

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 

Course Objectives

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. 

Syllabus – Key points

31 reviews for ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst

  1. Idris Khan | Senior QA | Camelot UK

    Intense and informative.

  2. Joshua LoveJoy | Test Analyst | University of Southampton

    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.

  3. Nasla Naushad|Software Test Engineer|Samsung

    Virtual course was structured well and materials provided in advance gave a brief overview of the course. Really enjoyed the teaching style of the trainer.

  4. Ann Shepperley|Test Analyst|TMHCC

    I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it.

  5. Daniel Walton|Test Analyst|LGT Vestra

    I found the course really helpful i am hoping after attending this i will be able to now pass the exam. The way it was presented was great and the trainer was very knowledgeable

  6. Sarbjeet Pandha|Test Analyst|LGT VESTRA

    Remote virtual course. Very enjoyable and lots of interaction with everyone.

  7. Julie Murphy|Quality Engineer|LLoyds banking Group

    Felt it was a bit cramped into the three days, Feel at a disadvantage not having physical copy of the workbook as you can not take corresponding notes. Screen shots not the same as can not always make out notes. In classroom always get the material. feel cost to get them excessive due to cost of course.

  8. Sandra Kupny|Quality Engineer|LBG

    Good course, good pace. Examples well explained by the presenter. Useful materials.

  9. veena lala | Software Test Engineer |3tc software

    Very good course, lots of detail and trainer was friendly and easy to ask questions, explained well

  10. Renjini Gopalakrishnan Unnithan | Dev Engineer- Competent |ING, Belgium

    Good explanation, lot of exercises

  11. Daniela-Ana Luca | Senior Test Analyst |CaseWare Uk

    very knowledgeable and helpful , happy to help -always

  12. Nasla Naushad| Software Test Engineer|Samsung

    Virtual course was structured well and materials provided in advance gave a brief overview of the course. Really enjoyed the teaching style of the trainer.

  13. Ann Shepperley| Test Analyst|TMHCC

    I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it.

  14. Daniel Walton| Test Analyst|LGT Vestra

    I found the course really helpful i am hoping after attending this i will be able to now pass the exam. The way it was presented was great and the trainer was very knowledgeable

  15. Sam Tudor | TA | Capgemini

    Great online course. Clear and interactive. Prefer classroom for this reason. The more interactive the better

  16. Qasim Ahmed | Snr QAT Analyst | HomeOffice

    John was brilliant and open to explaining all aspects of the course.

    I would like more time focused on the crux of the course. eg. techniques to try more samples.

  17. Amy Banes | Senior QA Test Analyst | CaseWare UK Ltd

    Very thorough and spent the time to explain items if unsure. Scheduled breaks were beneficial as doing online course and helped focus.

  18. Joe Dobson | Test Engineer | IBM

    The course was very interesting. John explained all subjects very well and wherever possible gave us the opportunity to try things ourselves and do exercises. He was very supportive and made sure everybody was happy before moving on to the next subject.

  19. Lujain Alsuhaibani | Software test engineer | SITE company

    it had very useful input and exercises that helped us understand the theory better

  20. Declan Murphy | Software Applications Tester | Tiger Systems Ltd

    Well structured and balanced with questions, good examples provided by trainer although I felt some slides were a little vague
    Trainer was good at leading the class and was clear in communication and engaged well with participants

  21. Mohita Malhotra | Senior HCM Consultant | VSCL

    Th Trainer gave us a comprehensive idea about the entire course
    The trainer gave us idea about the technique and how to approach the questions and how to structure and apply the technique and concept and arrive at the answers which was extremely helpful and with due practise would help us be successful in clearing the certification exam

  22. Hadeel Alwabel | Software Engineer | SITE

    I would be able to review better while studying as is was all in 3 days and I was switching between work and training alot. but in general am pleased by it and I hope I make it in the exam.

  23. Rita Bicho | Test Manager | Siemens AG (Portugal)

    The course is quite intensive for just 3 days.

  24. Kirpa Dosanjh | Test Lead | Capgemini

    Great trainer who really took his time to go through everyone’s questions and explain the syllabus thoroughly.

  25. Paulo Martins | Automation Expert | Siemens

    Positive and supportive teacher, proper explanation of current topics and refresher of older more forgotten ones.

  26. Sam Ryan | Manual QA | Invotra Ltd

    Informative and helpful, plenty of out of hours help. Nice trainer

  27. stephanie scanlon|Principal QA Analyst|jagex

    This is the second time I’ve had John for a course (the other was the Agile extension), I was very pleased to have John once more! He’s incredibly thorough and provides everything we need in an easier to understand format. Whilst also offering his help outside of the course. Thank you John!

  28. Sandra Kasa|QA Software Tester|SupplyPoint

    I have been on several training courses with John and he never disappoints. He is so professional and doesn’t leave any question without response. He is genuinely interested so that all students would take most of his training courses and his support is immeasurable.

  29. Rizwan Sulaman||

    John was an excellent trainer. He explained well and answered all queries. The course content was good but it covers aloot in a short time

  30. Luke Goodridge|QA Analyst|Jagex

    John has done a great job with this, its alot of information to take in. But john makes it easy to understand with bitesize chunks

  31. Liam Fussell|Senior Technical Test Analyst|NMI

    Course was delivered very well from John – allowed for discussion whilst explaining answers clearly. The course materials have been good and the presentation/UX over Go To Meeting easy to use.

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