BCS ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing

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Overview

This course provides comprehensive first-level training for anyone involved in software testing. It is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), and follows the syllabus specified by the International Software Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB).

The course covers the fundamentals of testing: definitions of testing standards, planning, managing the lifecycle, reviews and the tools available. Techniques for creating tests are described and practised. It culminates in a one-hour multiple choice examination for the BCS Foundation Certificate in Software Testing. Successful delegates will also gain the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level, a globally recognised qualification.

Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the terminology associated with the ISTQB understand the principles and psychology of testing
  • Describe verification, validation and the steps in the testing lifecycle produce a project test plan
  • Understand the test management lifecycle
  • Produce test designs using equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and state transition techniques
  • Use static techniques to assess quality and coverage appreciate the different tools available for automating testing

Audience

  • Anyone currently involved in testing or about to move into a testing role will benefit from attending this course
  • Those wishing to attain the BCS Foundation Certificate in Software Testing and/or the ISTQB Certified Tester - Foundation Level should also attend.

Prerequisites

  • Delegates should already have a basic working knowledge of IT and an understanding of the testing role in software development.

  • Those who intend to sit the examination at the end of the course will benefit from pre-reading the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus and a standard text on the subject from the BCS book list.

  • Those delegates taking the examination will need to spend some time each evening on revision and example examination questions. The amount of time required will depend on experience, but delegates should be prepared to spend a minimum of 1-hour each evening.

  • If you are taking a BCS exam you must bring photographic identification with you (passport, driving license or student card), as it is a BCS requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification will result in a candidate not being able to sit the exam. For any questions about what form of identification is acceptable please contact your Account Manager or the QA Examination Administration team on 44 (0)1793 696273.

  • BCS allow additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. Full details are provided in the BCS Reasonable Adjustments Policy which is available to view on the BCS website. If you believe you qualify for this then please notify the Exam Administration team on the details below as early as possible. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Delegates failing to advise QA and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support offered via the BCS policy. QA Exam Administration can be contacted by email [email protected] or by phone +44(0) 1793 696162.

Syllabus

Fundamentals of Testing

  • Testing terminology
  • General testing principles
  • Why testing is necessary
  • Fundamental test process
  • The psychology of testing.

Testing Throughout the Lifecycle

  • Models for testing
  • Component, System Integration and Acceptance testing
  • Maintenance testing; Non-functional system testing
  • Functional system testing.

Static Techniques

  • Reviews and the test process
  • Costs and benefits of reviews
  • Types of review: Walkthrough, technical review, inspections, informal review
  • Static analysis

Test Design Techniques

  • Black and White box testing
  • Black box test techniques including equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis and state transition testing
  • White box test techniques including statement and decision testing; Experience-based techniques
  • Choosing test techniques

Test management

  • Organisation
  • Project test plan
  • Configuration management
  • Test estimation: Inclusion in project schedule
  • Monitoring and control
  • Tracking progress and deviations from plan
  • Incident management: Logging, tracking and analysis; Risk and testing.

Test tools

  • Types of test tool
  • Requirements testing
  • Static analysis
  • Test design
  • Data preparation
  • Capture/replay
  • Test running
  • Test harnesses, drivers and simulators
  • Performance testing; Dynamic analysis
  • Debugging; Comparison
  • Test management
  • Coverage measurement
  • Effective use, benefits and risk
  • Introducing a tool into an organization.

Structure of the Foundation Certificate in Software Testing Exam

  • The examination consists of a one hour exam with 40 multiple choice questions.
  • It will be a 'closed book' examination i.e. no notes or books will be allowed into the examination room.
  • Duration of 60 minutes (or 75 minutes for candidates taking examinations that are not in their native language)
  • No study material or electronic devices (including mobile phones) may be used during the examination
  • Candidates are allowed to use simple non-programmable calculators (to be provided by the candidate)
  • An official translation of terms (not their definitions) from the ISTQB® Glossary to the local language is allowed
  • Candidates taking exams that are not in their native language may use a paper-based translation dictionary.
  • The pass mark is 65% (26 out of 40).

Training provider

Teaching mode: Classroom - Instructor Led
Duration: 3 days
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