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ISTQB Foundation Answers to Questions Part 2

Welcome, welcome. This is Wayne Vassell with TalentedTester.com and today I’m going to be going through the ISTQB Foundation Answers to Questions Part 2 (Video below). In this series, we are going to be covering answers to questions and we’re going to be looking at three sample questions which have been taken from sample paper number two. Today, we’re going to be looking at questions 1, 4, and 6.

If you would like to download the entire list of answers to questions on PDF or in PDF format, then click here.

In particular, you will see a full list of questions … Of 15 questions with 15 answers in preparation for your ISTQB Foundation Level exam and there’ll be additional sample papers that you can download or request access to, which will help you for your studies. Without further ado, let’s get into this session.

 

Test Harness, Script, Driver or UAT Plan?

[Taken from the ISTQB Foundation Sample Paper 2, Question 1]

Question number one, Ray the programmer has just written a function and needs to test it. He wants to call the function and pass it test data, which one of the following does he need? Is it:

a) A harness
b) A script
c) A driver
d) A UAT Plan.

Have a quick think. Which one of the following does he need? The right answer is it’s not a harness, it’s not a script. The answer is c. A driver. If you think about this logically, a UAT plan has nothing to do with this scenario, yeah? A script is not correct and a harness in this context would typically be a test harness, is not what we need, so the driver is the correct answer.

 

Which of the following is not a performance testing activity?

[Taken from the ISTQB Foundation Sample Paper 2, Question 4]

Question four, which of the following is not a performance testing activity? Note it says ‘not’:

a) Simulating many transactions into the system.
b) Recording the system response time under heavy load.
c) Putting the system under heavy load by simulating multiple users.
d) A test harness to replicate a key system function.

Stress Testing

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Before we get into the answer, what is performance and stress testing? Remember, this is a type of testing which is quite specialized and will basically put this system under a lot of stress to get or prove that it can handle the chance of there being multiple users on the system without being … Without it crashing. What is the correct answer to this? The correct answer is d. This is one of the questions … Or one of the answers that is incorrect, which is not a performance testing activity. Using a test harness to replicate a key system function is not a performance testing activity.

Why is it necessary to prioritize test cases?

[Taken from the ISTQB Foundation Sample Paper 2, Question 6]

Final question, six. Why is it necessary to prioritize test cases?

a) To introduce some structure into your testing,
b) It makes your testing look more organized,
c) To allow you to perform the best possible testing in the agreed time
d) It is easy to find more defects.

What is it necessary to prioritize test cases? It’s not a. To introduce some structure into your testing. B. It’s not b. It makes your testing look more organized. The answer is c. Which is to allow you to perform the best possible testing in the agreed time frame. It’s not d. either.

If we think about it, the reason that we prioritize is that if we get to a situation where our time is crunched, we can then make a judgment call or a priority call on the test cases that are absolutely mandatory and potentially not run the tests, which are deemed as the least priority. This is something which has come up in my career time and time again so it’s a very good way of being able to quantify exactly which tests will be run when your time is cut short or you run out of time due to a number of defects that you’ve come across.

Want more ISTQB Foundation sample exam papers?

If you want a free exam question example paper or even download the exact PDF, which supports … includes the questions that have been covered today and a lot more or even additional mock papers, then click here. Thank you and hope to see you on the website.

 

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ISTQB Foundation Answers to Questions Part 1

Welcome people and thank you very much for joining me on this video transcription. In this video (full video below), I’m going to be covering ISTQB foundation answers to questions and this is part one in this series.

You can actually download the full answers to questions PDF document here. The idea there is that I’m going to walk you through a selection of questions that are covered in the downloadable PDF and walk through why they are correct and why the others are incorrect.

 

What is the V-Model?

[Taken from the ISTQB Foundation Sample Paper 2, Question 3]

To begin with, we’re gonna look at this question three, which is taken from sample paper number two.

What is the V-Model?

a) a type of test automation that supersedes the Z-model;
b) a unit testing technique used by developers to test software function;
c) a type of test harness that allows the tester to inject test data for a difficult test case; or
d) a software testing model that demonstrates how software testing integrates with development.

I’ll just give you a couple of seconds just to think about what you believe to be the right answer. Hopefully you’ll get it right and even if you don’t, not a problem. At least you’ll learn something from this and then we can walk through why it’s correct. The correct answer is actually D, a software testing model that demonstrates how software testing integrates with development.

If we look at this diagram that I’ve got here, it explains or demonstrates how this is a model that demonstrates how software testing integrates with development, so we can see on the left-hand side, we’ve got detail design, requirements and architecture, and on the right-hand side, we can see system verification, which is typically system testing and low level testing on the right-hand side, and we can see how they actually mesh together.

The V-model is one of the earlier models, which is something that I’ve used quite extensively in my career over the years. Nowadays, a lot of people tend to go with the agile method, because it’s something that is quick to implement and is not a lot of documentation involved, but from my experience, V-model has always been a very solid software testing model that you can always rely on. Obviously, it’s not 100% perfect. I don’t believe a 100% perfect model exists, but this is definitely a solid one, but it just takes a little bit more red tape to get correct and you have to have the buy-in from all your stakeholders.

Let’s move onto the next question.

What does the acronym PDCA stand for?

[Taken from the ISTQB Foundation Sample Paper 2, Question 13]

Question 13:

What does the acronym PDCA stand for?

a) Plan, design, check and act;
b) Plan, do, check, and act;
c) Plan, do, correct, and act; or is it
d) Plan, direct, check, and access.

I’ll give you a couple of minutes just to think what is the correct answer to this. Just to give you some context, in the foundation exam, you will get similar questions like this, which will try and trip you up by making the answers look very similar with maybe one small change. The idea is just to take your time, think back to what you’ve been studying and remember if you can get the correct answer.

Without further a delay, excuse me, let’s look at what the correct answer is. The correct answer is B, which is plan, do, check, and act. The best way really is just to commit this one to memory, but it’s an example of how some of the questions can try and trip you up.

What is Unit testing also known as?

[Taken from the ISTQB Foundation Sample Paper 2, Question 14]

Let’s move onto the next one.

Question 14:

Unit testing is also known as:

a) Component testing;
b) White box testing;
c) Module testing;
d) Program testing.

Which one do you think is the correct answer? Unit testing is also known as. I’ll give you a couple of seconds just to have a think. Okay, so I can reveal A is the first potential answer, and this basically is one, two, and four. Is the answer a combination of one, two, and four? Or is it B, a combination of two, three, and four? Or is it C, one, two, and three? Or is it D, which is all of the above?

This is another example of a style of question that will be used to try and test you and obviously, it’s just more about eliminating the incorrect one or could it be that all of these are correct and they’re just trying to trip you up. The correct answer is D, all of the above. You can see component testing, white box testing, module testing, program testing, these are all interchangeable terms associated with unit testing.

Want more ISTQB Foundation sample exam papers?

If you want a free exam question example paper or even download the exact PDF, which supports … includes the questions that have been covered today and a lot more or even additional mock papers, then click here. Thank you and hope to see you on the website.

 

What is the ISTQB Certification

Welcome guys. This is Wayne Vassell here from Talented Tester. Just wanted to give you a quick piece of content here about what is the ISTQB testing certification. Many people ask me, so I wanted to just make sure that you’re fully aware of what it is.

So the ISTQB is the International Software Testing Qualifications Board. That is what the actual acronym breaks down. It’s in 70 different countries and each country has its own local board for testing. For example, in Australia and New Zealand there is what they call the ANZTB and also in Norway, there’s a Norwegian testing board NTB.

What Makes the ISTQB So Attractive?

So what makes the ISTQB so attractive to all the testers around the world you may ask? Well first and foremost for the sheer fact that it is a well known internationally recognized certification makes it very interesting to all people. This means that if you was going to be working in a different country then it would add value to your CV because you’d be able to port those skills to other countries. It allows you to have a world recognized certification. There are multiple levels from foundation to advanced and also expert level, which I will get on to in more detail in just a moment. Another beauty of it, there’s no expiry date. As other certifications, you have to renew them like maybe every 5 or 10 years, but this one does not have an expiry date. So once you get your certificate, that is basically on your CV for life. It’s also online certification, which means it’s really easy to do and very accessible.

What are The Different Levels?

So what are the different levels, you may be asking yourself? There are three distinct levels. There’s the

  • Foundation Level
  • Advanced level
  • Expert level.

Who is the Foundation Level Certification level for?

So who is the foundation level certification level for? This is typically for entry level brand new testers, people that have maybe been in testing just for a short period of time. Maybe not exactly brand new, but they’ve been into testing maybe only six months to a year. It’s not just for people that are brand new to testing as well. It’s also open for experienced testers that are wishing to have a recognized certification. What you have to understand is you may be one of those people that have been testing for a large amount of years, but you’ve never had any formal education or certificates to back up your understanding. This might be just a gap in your CV that people keep asking for, which might be a reason why the foundation level certificate would be a good starting point.

It’s also a good certificate for experienced testers who are wishing to work up to the advanced or expert level. So if you want to actually get to the expert level then it is best practice to get your foundation certificate first and then move up the ranks.

What does the Foundation Level Certificate actually cover?

So let’s delve deeper into the foundation level. What does it actually cover? The key concepts of the foundation level: they go into the SDLC, the Software Development Lifecycle; static techniques such as black box and white box testing; and also an entry level view of test management tools.

Who is the Advanced Level Certification level for?

So if we skip on to the advanced level certification, who is this targeted at? What is the best person for this level? So it’s typically mid-level testers that have had a minimum of five years experience. Typically established test professionals that are fairly confident in testing, that have been around for a while. Professionals looking for some growth in their career. Maybe they’ve been around for a while and they just want to actually solidify their skills and make themselves more marketable.

What does the Advanced Level Certificate actually cover?

So let’s just look at some of the advanced level coverage. We’re talking about advanced behavioural or black box testing, standards for business-centric testers, test automation as well, which is obviously a big interest in the market these days, advanced structural or white box testing, and also test management concepts.

Who is the Expert Level Certification level for?

So let’s take a look at the top tier expert level and what the difference is for that. Who is this actually targeted at? This is typically for leaders with eight plus years experience and maybe leaders in the game who are looking for real industry recognition. Quite a bit of work to get to this level and therefore the expert certification is the perfect accolade to add to your CV.

What does the Expert Level Certificate actually cover?

So let’s look at the type of coverage that you’d expect on the expert level. You’re looking at the latest proven cutting edge testing techniques. Test process improvement, expert level automation, so it does get very low level technical stuff, and expert level test management for people that are going more into the management side of things rather than down to the actual automation or technical side of testing.

Summary

So that is a good overview of exactly what the ISTQB has in store. These are different levels. If you want to see a free exam question sample from the foundation level, then click here and you can download a free sample, no questions asked, and just pick that up for free.

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