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ISTQB Foundation Level and Agile Tester Certification guide

We have free and premium study material / guide needed to pass the ‘ISTQB Foundation Level Certification’ and the newly introduced ‘Agile Tester Extension Certification’. International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) is an international organization that offers globally recognized certifications for software testers. Having a certification establishes credibility of the candidate. This site also contains everything you will need for a software testing tutorial.

ISTQB Foundation Level Certification study guide

Foundation Level Certification is aimed at candidates who have recently completed their education and want to take up software testing as a profession. It is also taken up by experienced candidates who want to demonstrate their practical knowledge of software testing. It is the most popular certification course recognized by organizations worldwide. It provides software tester a basic understanding of the fundamentals of software testing along with processes, tools, techniques and management methodology. Launch the study guide >>

ISTQB Agile Testing Certification study guide

Agile Tester Extension Certification is beneficial for testers who are already working on Agile methodology and also for those who wish to learn it.  Testers in Agile project have different approach of testing when compared to traditional projects. Testers should have a very clear understanding of the values, principles, processes and tools used in testing Agile projects. This certification guide provides the tester with an easy-to-understand explanation of the topics covered in the Agile Tester certification. Launch the study guide >>

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What is the ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification?

ISTQB Agile Tester Extension Certification
ISTQB has introduced a new certification known as ISTQB Agile Tester Certification Extension. Software development and testing in an agile project follows a significantly different approach compared to regular software projects. Testers who are part of the agile projects need to have a good understanding of the Agile software development processes, the testing methodologies, difference in testing between traditional and agile approaches, tool and techniques in Agile project etc. This certification tests the knowledge of candidates in these areas. [Read more…]

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ISTQB Foundation Level Certification – The Definitive Guide

ISTQB Certification is an internationally recognized software testing certification which is an essential part of QA Trainings in many organizations. ISTQB certification is also important for candidates looking for a job as a Software Tester. This site contains everything you need to know about the ISTQB exam including the study material / study guide you need in order to successfully pass the ISTQB Foundation Level exam.

ISTQB has 3 levels of certification – Foundation Level, Advanced Level and Expert Level.

There is no educational or other pre-requisite for taking the Foundation Level exam. ISTQB recommends candidates to have 6 months of work experience before they take up the certification but this is not a requirement.

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ISTQB Certification Syllabus

If you are preparing for the ISTQB exam, you can follow the links in the menu  titled “ISTQB Certification Exam Study Material” or choose a category below to go through each topic in that knowledge area.

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The ISTQB Certification syllabus for Foundation Level comprises of the following categories of knowledge areas that are part of the exam:

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21 Qualities Of A Great Software Tester

Every organization is using technology these days. From big media to textile giants, mutual funds to startups, each one has their unique requirements for software and automation. While development and implementation of the software is vital to these organizations, there is a growing need for software testers who love testing.

These software testers are the backbone of all organizations because they are the ones who are responsible for ensuring the quality of the project or product. But how do you spot the ‘best of the best’ among testers? Here are 21 qualities and characteristic that are often seen in great testers:

  1. Creative Mind: This is one of the most indispensable traits of a great software tester. Test professionals need to think much beyond what is expected of the software and the users. They must be able to think how users can do things that are certainly not spelled out in the software requirements, or how they may misuse the software.
  2. Analytical Skills: These skills are a must for requirement analysis and for understanding client feedback while defining the test strategy. Analytical skills are also imperative to gain the insight, in order to build smart testing solutions. Testers need to comprehend data collected from testing and analyze them for specific behaviour of product or application.
  3. Curiosity: The trait is indispensable when it comes to considering the consequences. Curious testers will often think out of the box, so that they can determine problems in areas where no one else can even think to look.
  4. Good Listener: It is a great quality of testers to listen to others. They must know that there is always a room for improvement. They must also pay attention if anyone is giving any idea or implication, as this will certainly help them to improve the quality of the software program under test. You may uncover some scenarios that others may miss if they are not paying attention.
  5. Proactively Passionate: The responsibility of a great tester is not just to validate software programmes against the set of requirements. Great testers are passionate about their work and provide suggestions to improve the product. Testers who are passionate sometimes also go on to become Project Managers or Product Owners.
  6. Quick Learner: Great testers must be well acquainted with technology. They must always be open to learn new automation tools, keep up with the latest technology, use the latest techniques while testing, learn from their experiences and learn to come up with new ideas.
  7. Domain Knowledge: In order to execute a successful testing session and design effective tests, good testers must have strong knowledge and understanding of the applications domain. They must have deep insight into how the end users will exploit the program. They must also spend time to understand the terminology of their specific domain and help devise strategic business case scenarios.
  8. Client-Oriented: Great Testers must always try to make their clients happy. They must understand that customers do not possess the same technical skills as testers. Clients may not have the expertise in the domain or technology and may not have though of all the scenarios and use cases that may come up. They must make the best use of their testing skills keeping in mind their client’s mindset while delivering the product their clients actually demand.
  9. Test Automation And Technical Knowledge: They must have sound technical knowledge to determine which tests must be automated at which layer, execute tests on a constant basis, utilize the availability of various testing tools, provide worthwhile metrics to the organization and choose the appropriate and latest set of tools in order to help the testing effort.
  10. Ability To Organize And Prioritize: A great tester must have the ability to first identify and organize essential tests and later prioritize execution based on the test relevance. Also while evaluating test efforts, good testers must consider the defect history.
  11. Ability To Communicate: They must have the ability to communicate with both non technical and technical people. They must also posses the ability to effectively communicate well in written or oral form and convey the details of a problem to the development team. A good step by step document for reproducing the defect helps developers focus their effort on fixing the issue rather than back and forth communication.
  12. Ability To Report: No one will be interested in knowing the number of test cases executed by the software testers. That is why, a good tester must be good at reporting their current status at the end of the day. They must provide effective and detailed bug reports and also attach screenshots if possible along with the report.
  13. Attention To Detail: Great testers have an eye for detail. This quality is useful when validating complex business logic and ensuring that all scenarios are covered. It also helps avoid penalties or higher cost of fixing defects that are found late in the cycle or after production release.
  14. Business Oriented: A great software tester must be able to understand software from a business point of view, appreciate clients requirements, have the ability to understand people from non technical point of view. He/she must also be able to understand how business issues can be converted into technical solutions.
  15. Intellectual Ability: They must be smart enough to use their logical ability, in order to operate in a high level testing environment. They must have the ability to troubleshoot the source of a problem and solve it in the best possible way.
  16. Good Observer: Keeping track of the minor as well as major project related items being discussed is extremely important for a great  tester. In an dynamic environment like a startup, things change quickly. It is important to be able to access the impact of the change and stay on top of the changes. Furthermore, tracking their test progress and making necessary changes, if required is also very crucial.
  17. Good Time Manager: Most teams will be constrained by the amount of time available for development and testing. Testers need to understand their priority and manage their time well. They need to know what must be tested and what must be given less priority. Which tasks must be taken up first and which can be done at the end, what must be automated and what must be tested manually. How important is documentation compared to actually executing the test case, in the given time? They must be able to answer on these and other questions and help their managers take the right decision.
  18. Perseverance: Great testers never give up. They are patient enough to find as many bugs as they can. They explore the software, constantly try to make new improvements and take all the testing challenges and complexities positively and patiently.
  19. Ability To Identify And Manage Risks: They must be able to understand proper risk management process – risk identification, risk analysis and risk alleviation. Software testing must be based on incorporating risk driven testing processes.
  20. Quality Oriented: Great software professionals do not compromise on quality in any testing stage. Quality oriented results always lead to defect free software and ensure top-notch quality.
  21. Ability To Work In A Team: Software testers must be able to work well inside and outside the team. Exchanging ideas, knowledge, experience and thoughts can boost the quality and the efficiency of the solution, so great testers must always be eager to coordinate well with their team members and other teams as well.

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What is the difference between ISTQB Certification and ISEB/BCS Certification and CTFL Certification?

One commonly asked question is what is the difference between ISTQB certification and ISEB certification? What is BCS? What is CTFL. With so many acronyms and terms associated with the ISTQB certification exam it is easy for new candidates to get confused between them. The below points will clearly answer any questions you may have and eliminate the confusion surrounding these topics.

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How to pass ISTQB Foundation exam certification in your first attempt

Here are few Tips and Tricks to pass the ISTQB Foundation Level Certification Exam.

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Best Test Management Tools – Web based

Test management tools take care of the entire end to end QA processes. It is used to keep track of the information like Test strategy, Test planning, Test cases and it also keeps the track of all the bugs raised and much more. There are many different types of test management tools which come with different features which are suitable for different types of testing. Most test management tools allow you to start working with them without having to install anything on your machine. This allows the tester to collaborate with his/her team from any where. Below we list some of the best web based test management tools. [Read more…]

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Best Desktop Test Management Tools

Test Management tools are used for planning the testing activities and for storing the information about the project and also reporting the status of the testing activities. These tools are installed on your desktop and are used to manage the testing efforts. Some tools have a common database or a web based back end, which is used to share data across multiple desktops. Some of the widely used Desktop test management tools are listed below. [Read more…]

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Best Bug Tracker – Top free and paid issue tracking software tools

Bug trackers are nothing but bug tracking software tools which are used for tracking bugs or issues found during the testing of any software application or product. These tools are basically used by the testers and to some extent by the developers as well. Bug tracker tools keep the records of all the bugs raised through their issue tracking system. It helps us in predicting the completion of milestone based on the bugs raised. This also helps us in deciding the regression testing to be performed around the features. The tools help us in monitoring the features which have the most bugs. They also helps us to find the bug fix rate per developer. Below are some of the best bug trackers available : [Read more…]

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2015 ISTQB Agile Extension Exam Dates and Test Center locations in India

ISTQB Agile Tester Extension exam dates in 2015 are given below. Please note that the exam may not be available in all cities. You can only take up the exam in the cities listed below. Please be aware that you should have passed the ISTQB Foundation Level Certification (CTFL) before you can take up the Agile tester extension. For more details you can go through the FAQ on ISTQB Agile tester extension exam.

For those who want to take the exam in other countries, please get in touch with the testing board in your country to find out the dates and location for the exam.

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Date Location
BANGALORE
15-03-2015
19-04-2015
21-06-2015
09-08-2015
04-10-2015
06-12-2015
07-02-2016
10-04-2016
12-06-2016
07-08-2016
16-10-2016
11-12-2016
Mind Q
Mind Q Systems Pvt. Ltd. No.14/17, Apoorva Building, Opp. Reliance Fresh, BTM 1st Stage, 100 Feet Main Road, Bangalore-560068
Pin: 560068
Contact No: 9343494617
Contact Person: Pravesh Pugalia
Email: pravesh@indiantestingboard.com

CHENNAI
15-03-2015
19-04-2015
21-06-2015
09-08-2015
04-10-2015
06-12-2015
07-02-2016
10-04-2016
12-06-2016
07-08-2016
16-10-2016
11-12-2016
Meenakshi College For Women
363, Arcot Road, Kodambakkam, Chennai
Pin: 600024
Contact No: 1204236187
Contact Person: Sonal Garg
Email: sonal@indiantestingboard.com

HYDERABAD
15-03-2015
19-04-2015
21-06-2015
09-08-2015
04-10-2015
06-12-2015
07-02-2016
10-04-2016
12-06-2016
07-08-2016
16-10-2016
11-12-2016
Mind Q
Mind Q Systems Pvt Ltd, 8-3-214/7, Srinivasa Nagar Colony (W), S.R.Nagar, Hyderabad
Pin: 500038
Contact No: 1204236187
Contact Person: Sonal Garg
Email: sonal@indiantestingboard.com

KOLKATA
15-03-2015
19-04-2015
21-06-2015
09-08-2015
04-10-2015
06-12-2015
07-02-2016
10-04-2016
12-06-2016
07-08-2016
16-10-2016
11-12-2016
Vallabhram Mehta Boys Secondary School
6 Pollock Street, Kolkata-700001
Pin: 700001
Contact No: 0120-4355270
Contact Person: Miss Sonal Garg
Email: sonal@indiantesitngboard.com

MUMBAI
15-03-2015
19-04-2015
21-06-2015
09-08-2015
04-10-2015
06-12-2015
07-02-2016
10-04-2016
12-06-2016
07-08-2016
16-10-2016
11-12-2016
Cosmopolitan’s Valia College of Commerce
Near Versova Police Station D N Nagar, Cosmopolitian Education Society Road, Andheri(West) Mumbai
Pin: 400053
Contact No: 1204236187
Contact Person: Sonal Garg
Email: sonal@indiantestingboard.com

NOIDA
15-03-2015
19-04-2015
21-06-2015
09-08-2015
04-10-2015
06-12-2015
07-02-2016
10-04-2016
12-06-2016
07-08-2016
16-10-2016
11-12-2016
Indian Testing Board
A-108B, Sector-58 Noida
Pin: 201301
Contact No: 1204236187
Contact Person: Miss Sonal Garg
Email: sonal@indiantestingboard.com

PUNE
15-03-2015
19-04-2015
21-06-2015
09-08-2015
04-10-2015
06-12-2015
07-02-2016
10-04-2016
12-06-2016
07-08-2016
16-10-2016
11-12-2016
SQTL
SQTL, Dayaprabha House, Opp. Sulzer India, Near ICICI Bank, ITI Road Aundh, Pune – 411 007
Pin: 411001
Contact No: 1204236187
Contact Person: Sonal Garg
Email: sonal@indiantestingboard.com

TRIVANDRUM
15-03-2015
19-04-2015
21-06-2015
09-08-2015
04-10-2015
06-12-2015
07-02-2016
10-04-2016
12-06-2016
07-08-2016
16-10-2016
11-12-2016
TIME Shiv Bhavan
Opp SBI,Kannamoola, Medical College P.O., Trivandrum
Pin: 695011
Contact No: 1204236187
Contact Person: Sonal Garg
Email: sonal@indiantestingboard.com

Please note that the exam date and venue may change. If this happens, registered candidates will be intimated regarding the change.

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What are Build and Distribution Tools in Agile software testing?

As discussed in the article of Continuous Integration, we studied that daily build and deployment of software is a key practice in Agile teams which requires continuous integration of tools and builds automation tools. Here we will take a look at how build and distribution tools are used in Agile development. [Read more…]

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What are the Tools in Agile Projects?

There are many different types of Agile tools out there. Some are free, some are paid. There are many enterprise tools that support end-to-end flow of software development life cycle including requirements management, test management, defect tracking. In addition, these tools also provide task boards for distributed teams, burndown charts and creating user stories. [Read more…]