Foundation Level Acceptance Testing

Audience

This acceptance testing qualification is aimed at anyone involved in software acceptance testing activities. This includes people in roles such as product owners, business analysts, testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, user acceptance testers, and software developers.

The focus of the syllabus is on the concepts, methods and practices of collaboration between product owners / business analysts and testers in acceptance testing.

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Contents

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Business Outcomes

IT professionals who have passed the “Acceptance Testing” syllabus exam should be able to accomplish the following Business Objectives.

For business analysts and product owners:

  • Contribute to an organization’s acceptance testing activities by participating in the acceptance test design phase and supporting the alignment of the product with the business requirements.
  • Contribute to an organization’s acceptance testing activities by participating in the acceptance test design phase and supporting the alignment of the product with the business requirements.
  • Contribute to the quality of the acceptance testing process, including validation and verification of produced artifacts.

For testers:

  • Contribute to the definition of acceptance criteria during the requirements definition phase.
  • Collaborate efficiently with business analysts and other stakeholders during all acceptance testing activities.
  • Understand the business objectives, communicate with business units, and share common objectives for acceptance testing.

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Learning Objectives

IT professionals who have passed the “Acceptance Testing” syllabus exam should be able to demonstrate their skills in the following areas:

  • Develop and review acceptance criteria for requirements and/or user stories in a collaborative way.
  • Apply Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior Driven Development (BDD) techniques for a given scenario.
  • Apply the Gherkin language for designing acceptance tests for a given scenario.
  • Organize exploratory testing and beta testing session.
  • Review business process/rule models specified in BPMN and DMN.
  • Use business process/rule models specified in BPMN and DMN to create acceptance tests.
  • Consider usability/user experience, performance efficiency and security in planning and performing acceptance testing.
  • Collaborate efficiently with relevant stakeholders in acceptance testing activities including defect reporting and analysis and test status reporting.
  • Select relevant tools for acceptance testing activities.

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Syllabus

The Acceptance Testing is based on the Acceptance Testing Syllabus

The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) provides it to the national examination bodies for them to accredit the training providers and to derive examination questions in their local language.

Training providers will produce courseware and determine appropriate teaching methods for accreditation, and the syllabus will help candidates in their preparation for the examination.

To receive the Acceptance Testing certification, candidates must hold the Foundation Certificate.

The Acceptance Testing Syllabus can be downloaded here.

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Exam Structure

The Foundation Level Acceptance Testing exam is comprised of 40 multiple-choice questions, with a pass mark grade of 65% to be completed within 60 minutes. Participants that take the exam not in their spoken language, will receive additional 25% time, for a total of 75 minutes.

ModuleNumber of questionsExam length (minutes)Exam length +25% (minutes)
Foundation Level Acceptance Testing 40 60 75

Accredited training providers

Exams may be taken as part of a course delivered by an Accredited Training Provider or taken independently at an examination center or in a public exam.

The typical duration of the Acceptance Testing Certification Training offered by an Accredited Training Provider is 2 days. Completion of an accredited training course is not a prerequisite for participating to the exam.

Please refer to the Web Sites of the ISTQB® Member Boards and ISTQB® Accredited Training Providers for exam and training availability.

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Materials for Download

General Files:

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Syllabus Documents:

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Exam Documents:

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