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ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst

The ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst course extends the broad understanding of testing acquired at Foundation Level to enable the role of Test Analyst to be performed.

This four day tutor-led course includes lectures, exercises and practical work, as well as exam preparation. 


It is fully-accredited by 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.

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Learning Objectives

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

  • 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 testing techniques to ensure that tests provide an adequate level of confidence, based on defined coverage criteria.
  • Provide the appropriate level of documentation relevant to the testing activities.
  • Determine the appropriate types of functional testing to be performed.
  • Assume responsibility for the usability testing for a given project.
  • Effectively participate in formal and informal reviews with stakeholders, applying knowledge of typical mistakes made in work products.
  • Design and implement a defect classification scheme.
  • Apply tools to support an efficient testing process.


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 3 years testing experience.

Course Content

Testing Process
The Fundamental Test Process
Testing in the Software Development Lifecycle
Test Planning, Monitoring and Control
Test Analysis
Test Design
Test Implementation
Test Execution
Evaluating Exit Criteria and Reporting
Test Closure Activities

Test Management: Responsibilities for the Test Analyst
Test Progress Monitoring and Control
Distributed, Outsourced and Insourced Testing
The Test Analyst's Tasks in Risk-Based Testing

Test Design Techniques
Specification-Based Techniques
Defect-Based Techniques
Experience-Based Techniques

Testing Software Quality Characteristics
Software Testing Quality Standards
Quality Characteristics for Business Domain Testing

Importance of Review preparation
Using Checklists in Reviews

Defect Management
When Can a Defect be Detected?
Defect Report Fields
Defect Classification
Root Cause Analysis

Test Tools
Test Tools and Automation

Exams & Certification

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. 

The exam lasts three hours (or 225 minutes for candidates taking exams that are not in their native language) and consists of 60 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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