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Advanced Tester Certification—Test Analyst

Prepare for the ISTQB® Advanced Level—Test Analyst Certification Exam


Accredited training for the ISTQB® Advanced Tester Certification—Test Analyst (CTAL-TA) certification. This four-day course covers the testing process, test management, test techniques, testing software quality characteristics, reviews, defect management, and tools.

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  • Reduce the number of test cases you need to design, create, and execute
  • Find more defects and increase test coverage
  • Focus on the “edges” of your system where many of the defects hide
  • Create efficient and effective test cases that cover multiple inputs
  • Document complex business rules, ensure their integrity, and test them thoroughly
  • Document and thoroughly test critical events and time sequences
  • Create tests from use cases, a popular method for writing requirements
  • Understand the role of stories in agile development and testing
  • Create reduced sets of tests for large blocks of information using pair based methods
  • Explore and test the software simultaneously by tapping into your knowledge and experience
  • Recognize how defects can improve the test analysis and design process
  • Understand non-functional attributes of software and how to focus the test efforts

The ISTQB® Certification Advanced Test Analyst Course expands on the test techniques and methods introduced in the ISTQB Foundation certification. This course covers the topics as defined in the 2013 Advanced Test Analyst Syllabus leading towards the Advanced Test Analyst certification. There are seven general topics covered; the testing process, test management, test techniques, testing software quality characteristics, reviews, defect management, and tools. The focus is on testing techniques and methods and understanding the requirements for testing the characteristics of software beyond functionality. Specific techniques addressed include equivalence partitioning, boundary value testing, classification trees, decision tables, cause-effects diagrams, state diagrams and tables, pair-wise techniques, use cases, user stories, domain analysis, and experience-based and defect-based techniques. Additional focus is placed on the two non-functional aspects relating to software quality characteristics based on the ISO 9126 and include functionality and usability. Technical non-functional characteristics are included for familiarity and include reliability, efficiency, maintainability, and portability.

Who Should Attend
Individuals who have received the ISTQB Foundation Level certification and have met the criteria of their specific country board for taking the advanced certification exams. Qualifications for the exams can be located on the individual country ISTQB board web site. For the United States it is All other countries board sites can be found on

Pre-Qualification for the Advanced Certification Exam
In order to be eligible to take any of the Certified Tester—Advanced Level (CTAL) exams, potential examinees must:

  • Submit proof of Certified Tester—Foundation Level (CTFL) certification,
  • Submit a resume and/or employer verification of 3 years experience, and
  • Establish an account in the ASTQB WebAssessor

CTAL exams are not given at the end of class. After pre-qualification is completed, students receive an ASTQB exam voucher good for one year to use at an exam center of their choice. To learn more about Advanced Tester Certification, or to schedule a personal certification planning consultation with one of our Training Advocates, contact our Client Support team.

Exam Retakes
The ASTQB (American Software Testing Qualifications Board) is currently offering free retakes of an ISTQB Advanced Level exam for professionals who meet certain criteria. To learn more about this offer, visit

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Course Outline

The Testing Process
Test process – Foundation Level
Test process – Advanced Level
    Implementing the test process
Integrating into the life-cycle
    Life-cycle models
Test planning
Test monitoring and control
Test analysis
Test design
    Concrete and logical test cases
Test implementation – exit criteria
Test execution and reporting
Closure and retrospectives

Test Management
Monitoring progress
Tracking risk, defects, and test cases
Tracking coverage
Test team organization
Managing communications
Risk management activities
Risk identification
Risk analysis
Risk mitigation
Potential product risks

Test Techniques
Specification-based techniques
    Equivalence partitioning
    Boundary value analysis
    Decision tables
    State diagrams and tables
        Embedded states
        Equivalent states
        Chow's N-Switch Coverage
    Pair-wise testing techniques
        Combinatorial arrays
        Orthogonal arrays
    Classification trees
    Using use cases for testing
    User stories
    Domain analysis
    Technique selection
Defect-based techniques
    Defect taxonomies
Experience-based testing
    Error guessing
    Checklists and taxonomies
    Attack-based testing
    Exploratory testing

Testing Software Quality Characteristics
General quality characteristics
Functionality attributes
    Accuracy testing
    Suitability testing
    Interoperability testing
    Functional security
Usability testing
    Usability attributes

Reviews revisited
Successful reviews
Using checklists in reviews
    Requirements checklist – example
    Use case checklist – example
    User interface checklist – example
    User story checklist – example
    Tailoring checklists

Defect Management
Defects revisited
Detecting defects
Tracking defects – phase containment
Defect reports
Classifying defects
Understanding root cause analysis
Root causes
Using root cause information

Test Tools
Test tools
Test data preparation tools
Test design tools
Test execution tools
    Keywords/action words
Automation – possible benefits
Automation – possible risks

Appendix A — ISTQB® Glossary of terminology (2012)
Appendix B — In-class exercise solutions
Appendix C — Study Guide and Cross Reference


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