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ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst

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 at an agreed later date, 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, black-box testing and 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.

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the course and passing the exam, delegates should be able to:

  • 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.

Pre-Requisites

Candidates must hold the ISTQB Foundation certificate.  It is also suggested that candidates have a minimum of 3 years testing experience.

Course Content

  • The Technical Test Analyst’s Tasks in Risk-Based Testing
  • Structure-Based Testing
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Quality Characteristics for Technical Testing
  • Reviews
  • Incident Management
  • Test Tools & Automation 

Exams & Certification

To qualify as an internationally-recognized Certified Advanced Level Technical 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. 

The exam lasts two hours (or 150 minutes for candidates taking exams that are not in their native language) and consists of 45 multiple-choice questions.  The exam is 'closed book' (i.e. no notes or books are allowed into the examination room) and the pass mark is 65%.

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