ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Overview

ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course Outline

Domain 1: Fundamentals of Testing

Module 1: What is Testing?

  • What is Testing?
  • Testing and Debugging

Module 2: Why is Testing Necessary?

  • Why is Testing Necessary?
  • Testing’s Contributions to Success
  • Testing and Quality Assurance (QA)
  • Errors, Defects, Failures, and Root Causes

Module 3: Testing Principles

  • Testing Principles

Module 4: Test Activities, Testware and Test Roles

  • Test Activities and Tasks
  • Test Process in Context
  • Testware
  • Traceability Between the Test Basis and Test Work Products
  • Testing Roles

Module 5: Essential Skills and Good Practices in Testing

  • Generic Skills Required for Testing
  • Whole Team Approach
  • Advantages of the Whole Team Approach
  • Independence of Testing
  • Levels of Independence

Domain 2: Testing Throughout the Software Development Lifecycle

Module 1: Testing in the Context of a Software Development Lifecycle

  • Software Development and Software Testing
  • Software Development Life Cycle Models
  • Impact of the Software Development Lifecycle on Testing
  • Software Development Lifecycle and Good Testing Practices
  • Software Development Models
  • Testing as a Driver for Software Development
  • DevOps and Testing
  • Shift Left Approach
  • Retrospectives and Process Improvement

Module 2: Test Levels and Test Types

  • Test Levels
  • Component Testing
  • Integration Testing
  • System Testing
  • System Integration Testing (SIT)
  • Acceptance Testing
  • Test Types
  • Confirmation Testing and Regression Testing

Module 3: Maintenance Testing

  • Maintenance Testing

Domain 3: Static Testing

Module 1: Static Testing Basics

  • Static Testing Basics
  • Work Products Examinable by Static Testing
  • Value of Static Testing
  • Differences between Static Testing and Dynamic Testing

Module 2: Feedback and Review Process

  • Feedback and Review Process
  • Review Process Activities
  • Roles and Responsibilities in Reviews
  • Review Types
  • Success Factors for Reviews

Domain 4: Test Analysis and Design

Module 1: Test Techniques Overview

  • Test Techniques Overview

Module 2: Black-box Test Techniques

  • Equivalence Partitioning
  • Exercise
  • Boundary Value Analysis
  • Exercise
  • Decision Table Testing
  • Exercise
  • State Transition Testing
  • Exercise

Module 3: White-box Test Techniques

  • White-box Test Techniques
  • Statement Testing and Statement Coverage
  • Branch Testing and Branch Coverage
  • The Value of White-box Testing

Module 4: Experience-based Test Techniques

  • Error Guessing
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Checklist-Based Testing

Module 5: Collaboration-based Test Approaches

  • Collaboration-based Test Approaches
  • Example 1: E-Commerce Website Checkout Feature
  • Example 2: Hospital Management Software
  • Exercise
  • Collaboration-based Test Approaches

Domain 5: Managing the Test Activities

Module 1: Test Planning

  • Purpose and Content of a Test Plan
  • Tester's Contribution to Iteration and Release Planning
  • Entry Criteria and Exit Criteria
  • Estimation Techniques
  • Example
  • Test Case Prioritisation
  • Example: Risk-Based Prioritisation
  • Test Case Prioritisation
  • Example: Test Case Prioritisation
  • Test Case Prioritisation
  • Example: Requirements-Based Prioritisation
  • Exercise
  • Test Pyramid
  • Testing Quadrants

Module 2: Risk Management

  • Risk Definition
  • Risk Attributes
  • Project and Product Risks
  • Project Risks
  • Product Risk Analysis
  • Product Risk Analysis: Risk Identification
  • Risk Control
  • Risk Control – Risk Mitigation
  • Risk Control – Risk Mitigation (Example)
  • Risk Control – Risk Monitoring
  • Risk Control – Risk Monitoring (Example)

Module 3: Test Monitoring, Test Control and Test Completion

  • Test Monitoring
  • Test Reporting
  • Communicating the Status of Testing

Module 4: Configuration Management

Configuration Management

Module 5: Defect Management

  • Defect Management
  • Exercise

Domain 6: Test Tools

Module 1: Tool Support for Testing

  • The Meaning and Purpose of Tool Support
  • Tool Support for Testing

Module 2: Benefits and Risks of Test Automation

  • Benefits and Risks of Test Automation

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Who should attend this ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course?

The ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course is designed for anyone involved in, affected by, or responsible for Software Testing and Quality Assurance in Software Development projects. A few of the professionals who will benefit from this ISTQB Training Course are:

  • Entry-level Software Testers 
  • Software Test Analysts 
  • Quality Assurance Professionals 
  • Software Developers
  • Test Managers 
  • Business Analysts 
  • IT Consultants

Prerequisites of the ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course

There are no formal prerequisites for attending this ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course. However, a basic familiarity with IT and Software Development concepts can be beneficial.

ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course Overview

The ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course provides a comprehensive introduction to the essential principles of Software Testing. It covers critical topics such as testing standards, testing life cycles, testing techniques and tools, and static testing. This training is highly relevant in the field of Software Development.

Proficiency in Software Testing is crucial for professionals in the IT and Software Development industry. Those aiming to master this subject include Software Testers, Quality Assurance Engineers, Developers, and Project Managers. Having a strong foundation in Software Testing can significantly enhance career prospects.

The Knowledge Academy’s 3-day course on ISTQB Software Testing Foundation is officially recognised by the BCS. This ISTQB Training Course equips delegates with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in Software Testing and prepares them effectively for the ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Certification exam.

Course Objectives

  • To offer a comprehensive understanding of Software Testing fundamentals
  • To introduce delegates to testing standards and methodologies
  • To instruct delegates in various testing techniques and tools used in the industry
  • To explore the concept of testing life cycles and emphasise their importance
  • To empower delegates to conduct effective static testing
  • To equip delegates with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Certification exam

Upon completion of this ISTQB Course, delegates will gain a solid foundation in Software Testing principles and techniques, enhancing their ability to ensure software quality and reliability. Additionally, they will be well-prepared to obtain its associated certification, a valuable credential that can boost their career prospects in the IT and Software Development industry.

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What’s included in this ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course?

  • ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Examination
  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Exam Information

The ISTQB Software Testing Foundation certification is an entry-level certification that provides a basic understanding of software testing concepts and practices. It's designed for individuals new to software testing or wanting to establish a foundational knowledge of the field. The format of the exam is as follows: 

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice  
  • Total Questions: 40 Questions 
  • Total Marks: 40 Marks 
  • Pass Marks: 65% or 26/40 marks
  • Duration: 60 Minutes 
  • Open Book/Closed Book: Closed book

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Unlock your potential with The Knowledge Academy's ISTQB Software Testing Foundation, accessible anytime, anywhere on any device. Enjoy 90 days of online course access, extendable upon request, and benefit from the support of our expert trainers. Elevate your skills at your own pace with our Online Self-paced sessions.

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ISTQB Software Testing Foundation FAQs

Software Testing is the procedure of conducting inspections into the performance of a program, system, or application to boost operational efficiency. It involves executing various test cases, scenarios, and methodologies to ensure that the software meets the desired requirements, functions correctly, and performs as expected.
ISTQB stands for the International Software Testing Qualifications Board. It is a globally recognised organisation that develops and maintains a set of standardised certifications for Software Testers. These certifications validate the knowledge and skills of individuals in the field of Software Testing and Quality Assurance.
The ISTQB Certification validates an individual's expertise in software testing, ensuring they possess the knowledge and skills to contribute effectively to software development and quality assurance processes.
The ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) Certification is the most in demand, serving as the essential entry point and foundation for further specialisation and advancement in software testing careers.
This ISTQB Course introduces delegates to the fundamental principles and practices of Software Testing. It covers essential topics such as testing standards, methodologies, techniques, and tools, providing a solid foundation for individuals looking to pursue a career in Software Testing or Quality Assurance.
Automation testers often require a foundational understanding of coding to create and manage automated tests effectively, enhancing efficiency and accuracy in the testing process.
A career in Software Testing offers a promising path with ample growth opportunities, as it plays a critical role in software development and quality assurance.
Ensure the course is accredited by ISTQB by checking the official ISTQB website or contacting them directly for a list of recognised training providers.
Yes, the ISTQB Course is designed for beginners, providing a solid foundation in software testing principles and practices.
Completing the ISTQB Training Course can significantly enhance your knowledge and skills in software testing, potentially leading to career advancement and higher salary prospects.
Experienced testers can benefit from refreshing their knowledge, staying updated with the latest testing standards, and validating their expertise with a recognised certification.
Salaries vary widely based on location, experience, and employer, but ISTQB Foundation Level certification can enhance earning potential by demonstrating proven competence in software testing.
This ISTQB Training Certification offers global recognition, validates testing skills, opens up new career opportunities, and may lead to higher salaries and professional growth.
Anyone interested in software testing, including beginners and experienced professionals seeking to formalise their knowledge, is eligible for the course.
The course aims to provide a thorough understanding of fundamental testing concepts, methodologies, and processes to improve software quality assurance practices.
Yes, the course is available online, offering flexibility to study at your own pace and convenience, making it accessible to a wider audience.
Online training offers flexibility, convenience, and the ability to learn from anywhere, often at a lower cost than traditional classroom settings.
Online training provides flexibility and convenience, while traditional classroom settings offer direct interaction with instructors and peers, each with unique benefits.
Online training may lack real-time interaction and immediate feedback, requiring more self-discipline and motivation from learners compared to in-person training.
Upon successfully passing the exam, delegates will receive the ISTQB Software Testing Foundation certification, recognised globally.
The syllabus covers fundamentals of Software Testing, testing throughout the software life cycle, static testing, test design techniques, test management, and tool support for testing.
The course typically takes about 3 days of intensive study, but this can vary depending on the training provider and the student's pace.
Resources often include study guides, video lectures, practice quizzes, and interactive sessions to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the material.
For any access issues, it's best to contact the customer support team of The Knowledge Academy.
Training providers may use various e-learning platforms and tools, including Learning Management Systems (LMS), webinars, and interactive quizzes, to deliver content.
Progress is often tracked through the completion of modules, quizzes, and assessments within the online platform, providing feedback on the learner's understanding.
In Software Testing examinations, you can typically expect a mix of multiple-choice questions, true/false assessments, and scenario-based questions designed to test your understanding of testing principles, methodologies, and practical applications.
Yes, assessments are an integral part of the course. These assessments are designed to evaluate the delegates' understanding of the subject. These assessments also verify a delegate’s readiness for the certification.
The course equips learners with practical skills and knowledge that can be immediately applied to real-world software testing challenges.
The Knowledge Academy in the United Kingdom stands out as a prestigious training provider known for its extensive course offerings, expert instructors, adaptable learning formats, and industry recognition. It's a dependable option for those seeking an ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Course.
The training fees for ISTQB Software Testing Foundation certification in the United Kingdom starts from £1695
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for ISTQB Software Testing Foundation.
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