ISTQB Advanced Level Test Analyst
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This ISTQB practice exam is aimed to test your knowledge for the ISTQB Advanced Level Test Analyst Exam.
The questions are related to the following topics:
- Testing Process
- Test Management – Responsibilities for the Test Analyst
- Test Techniques
- Testing Software Quality Characteristics
- Defect Management
- Test Tools
As this sample ISTQB exam is related to Advanced Level Test Analyst, majority of questions are based on Test Techniques.
Disclaimer: The result you get after completing the “ISTQB Advanced Level Test Analyst” practice exam should not be taken as an indication for the result of the real exam!
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- Question 1 of 36
Which of the following statements is TRUE with respect to when the test analyst should become involved during different lifecycle models?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 2 of 36
Which of the following is a type of testing that someone in the role of a Test Analyst, working with the Test Manager, should typically consider and plan for?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 3 of 36
A project has been initiated to collect and analyze usage of a web-based search tool in order to optimize search results for particular groups of users.
The project will build on initial analysis of user data collected over a period of time and will aim to refine the collection and analysis ‘engines’ so that relevant data can be collected and analyzed in real time, enabling users to focus their search more effectively.
The project will use agile techniques in an iterative/incremental life cycle. Requirements are based on user stories and these will be explored during short ‘sprints’. The sprints will be grouped to focus on data collection for the first part of the project and analysis for the second part.
Risks include the inability to analyze the volume of data collected, inability to collect data for the desired analysis, inadequate speed and response times, and poor user interface.
The testing for the first part has been scoped and requirements have been documented and reviewed with no major concerns arising.
Which one of the following answers describes the most appropriate and complete sequence of activities for the TA to focus on during test analysis and design?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 4 of 36
Which one of the following statements does NOT give a good reason why test cases should be reviewed and understood by stakeholders?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 5 of 36
Scenario: Health Insurance
The IT department of insurance company SecureLife has started a project IQ (Improved Quality) to implement a new health insurance application to make it possible to create online transactions for health insurance claims raised by employees and members of companies or associations having health insurance agreements.
In the new application it will be possible to make registration of all the information about the employees, their age, health conditions, etc. The project also has to fulfill the demands of the people doing insurance calculation, actuaries and the demands from public legislation.
The project team for IQ have testers who are business users with lots of domain knowledge but without much formal test training.
At the same time another project, HIPPOS (Health Insurance Product Public Order Sales), has been started by the marketing department of SecureLife with the purpose of launching a new Internet application that will allow potential buyers of health insurance to use a small calculator to calculate insurance premiums and possible bonus deductions based on age and different health parameters.
This application will also allow individual customers to order Health Insurance Products online.
The marketing tool and web page of project HIPPO will be developed and tested by SecureLife’s Agile development team, which has worked together for the last three years with the marketing department, developing marketing web applications. The Agile team consists of well trained testers and developers.
They have implemented test automation for configuration and regression testing and they have as part of their retrospectives built check lists of common defects and common security problems.
As senior test analyst in SecureLife you have been asked to give input to the test strategy for the two projects, IQ and HIPPOS, regarding the level of detail and documentation required for test cases in the two projects.
Which TWO of the following are the BEST options for this strategy?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 6 of 36
Consider the following exit criterion: “All test cases must be reviewed and approved by representatives from the development and test team.”
The project team has determined that this exit criterion is critical for keeping the project on schedule.
This exit criterion is from which test activity? How will meeting this criterion help keep the project on schedule?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 7 of 36
You are analyzing the test log below to determine what actions, if any, are required:
On further investigation test step 2 was resolved as a typographical error in the log; the actual result was ‘Error 202’ as expected.
Which option represents the appropriate action to take next?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 8 of 36
Which one of the following statements best expresses why accurate test case execution status information is important?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 9 of 36
Which of the following is a typical work product that the Test Analyst would deliver as part of the test closure activities?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 10 of 36
Which of the following statements best expresses the types of information that must be tracked during testing to enable adequate monitoring and controlling of the testing project?
Select TWO answersCorrectIncorrect
- Question 11 of 36
According to the syllabus, which of the following would be the MOST effective method of communication between test team members who are distributed across several time zones?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 12 of 36
A project to develop a foreign exchange Automated Telling Machine for an airport has been planned and a risk assessment has shown that there are 3 key risks:
1. There is a risk that usability will be a problem for visually impaired users because the operation requires viewing several screens in sequence with relatively small text. This has been assessed as medium likelihood with high impact.
2. There is a risk that response will be relatively slow because the foreign exchange rates will be checked before each transaction; this has been assessed as medium likelihood with medium impact.
3. There is a risk that accuracy of calculations could lead to cumulative errors. This has been assessed as low likelihood with high impact.
The test strategy currently requires performance testing during system test, usability testing during User Acceptance Test and accuracy tests at every test level. The project schedule is under time pressure.
Which of the following possible risk mitigation actions should be prioritized highest?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 13 of 36
Which of the following statements about cause-effect graphing is NOT true?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 14 of 36
A company has set up an employee wellness program and combined it with the premium for health insurance:
The full standard premium for a health insurance policy is $400.
The program have the following rules:
1) Employees who make a pledge — on the honor system — that they don’t smoke, or that they take a stop-smoking class, and have a BMI below 30, get 10% off their contribution toward the full standard insurance premium.
2) Employees who fill in a “health risk assessment” with more health details will be rewarded with a $25 reduction in premium.
3) Employees who participate in a yearly health control at the company a) receive a $50 reduction in their premium for having a BMI of 27.5 or less, and a $25 reduction for having a BMI below 30. And b) if they are non-smokers, they receive an additional $50 reduction in their premium, and those that have joined a stop-smoking class receive a $25 reduction.
Smokers pay an additional premium of $75.
How many test cases are needed to achieve 100% test coverage of equivalence partitions of the input parameters, when testing this specification by applying the equivalence partitioning test design technique and what will be the maximum and minimum resulting premium?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 15 of 36
The participants in a yearly health check for employees are required to answer questions about smoking: Whether they are non-smokers, have started a stop-smoking class, or are smokers.
Their BMI (Body mass index) is measured in the following categories: 18.9 or less is underweight, 19 to 24.9 (inclusive) is normal, from 25 to 29.9 (inclusive) is overweight, and 30 or more is heavy overweight
Their blood pressure is measured in categories from optimal to severely high.
For simplicity in this example, only the high blood pressure (systolic) will be considered:
Everything under 120 is optimal, up till 129 (inclusive) is normal, from 130 to 159 (inclusive) is medium high, and from 160 up till 179 (inclusive) is high and everything over that is severely high..
How many test cases are need to achieve 75% test coverage when testing this specification by applying the boundary value analysis test design technique using 2 values per boundary and testing BMI and blood pressure only with positive integer values.
Each test case has both BMI and blood measures as data values.
Also what about extreme boundaries (this are not taken into account), if not say so explicitly.CorrectIncorrect
- Question 16 of 36
When an employee requests payment of a claim from his/her health insurance, this request follows the sequences of states shown in the diagram from being requested until it is closed and removed.
If information is missing or changed, the claim may be moved back to an earlier state to prevent payment. There are the following restrictions: If a claim in state Accepted has been Closed it can only be restored to the same state Accepted. If a claim in state Activated has been Closed it can only be restored to state Activated.CorrectIncorrect
- Question 17 of 36
The insurance company GoodHealth has launched a new health insurance product – for all customers both new and existing – with the following specification:
Standard premium fee is 500€.
A bonus program offers customers buying the health insurance product with a 25€ discount to the standard premium fee to accept participating in the medical tests even if they are not participating.
The customers get a 25€ discount to the standard premium for everyone of four medical tests (BMI, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol) that they take as part of the yearly medical test plus an extra 75€ if they take all the tests.
How many test cases are needed when using a collapsed decision table? How many test cases are needed when using a non-collapsed decision table but with the limitation to test customers who do not accept to participate in any medical tests, only with one test case?
Choose TWO optionsCorrectIncorrect
- Question 18 of 36
A company offering house insurance policies has several policy options. They depend on the following factors:
- Building type: house, semi-detached, apartment building, cottage
- Material: wood, concrete, brick, mixed
- Location: city, suburb, countryside, wilderness
You are testing the system and using the pairwise technique for creating test cases.
Using the pairwise technique, how many test cases are required to achieve 2-wise coverage?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 19 of 36
Easytravel is a card which is used for paying journeys on buses and undergrounds.
The user can store credit to the card at the Easytravel Loading Machines and the system automatically deducts the fee of the journey while the user shows the card to the card reader on a bus or at the underground station.
The system allows the user to load 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 Euros or another, user-defined amount to the card. There are four payment methods available: cash, credit card, debit card or pay-by-phone. After the transaction, the system allows the user to view or print the balance on a receipt
Using the Classification Tree method, what is the minimum number of test cases for 100 % 1-wise coverage?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 20 of 36
You are a Test Analyst on a project. You are running an automated test case and it has just failed. What should be your first step?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 21 of 36
In an organization using keyword-driven automation, which of the following activities typically is the responsibility of the Test Analyst?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 22 of 36
Which of the following is a benefit of using a classification tree tool for test design?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 23 of 36
Why is root cause analysis important?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 24 of 36
A project to build a control system for a national fire service is being conducted on a government contract which has strict deadlines and penalties will be incurred for late delivery.
Acceptance criteria include limits on the number of outstanding defects of different levels of severity at the end of user acceptance. The system embodies a sophisticated user interface based on an innovative design that has not yet been deployed in any other system and which is critical to the effectiveness of the system.
The project is using a waterfall life cycle but with incremental deliveries based on priorities of individual requirements. The project will make use of a defect classification system during development and the tool in use will allow up to 3 separate classifications to be used.
Which of the following defect classifications will BEST meet the project’s needs?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 25 of 36
Which TWO of the following may more frequently need to be explained in greater detail for non-functional defect reports than for a functional defect report?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 26 of 36
How does phase containment contribute to reducing the cost of development?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 27 of 36
You are an experienced test analyst who has been assigned to a new project that is very important to your company.
Management has decided that the development model to be used will be the V-model. You have been given the task of participating in the review process for the project from beginning to end.
Which of the following statements describes how you prepare for each review in the project, and why it is important?
Choose TWO options.CorrectIncorrect
- Question 28 of 36
Your company has already released a video game product to the market, but it received many complaints from the users regarding performance, usability, security and portability. You have been chartered with overseeing the usability testing for the next release of the game.
So far, the user interface looks much better and the response time is greatly improved. The product is stable and all the new features have been completed and summative testing has been completed.
Which of the following would be a reasonable next step?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 29 of 36
Assume you work for a company that has developed a software component to help users securely and easily manage all the passwords they have defined for different websites.
This component is integrated into hundreds of websites, used by millions of people world-wide.
A new software version of the component is being developed. The main feature of this version is the integration with a specific operating system that does not currently support this component.
You are the test analyst responsible for creating the interoperability tests.
Which of the following statements correctly defines the level in the testing lifecycle in which the relevant test should first be performed?
Choose TWO options.CorrectIncorrect
- Question 30 of 36
You are testing an application that handles credit card transactions. Because of the nature of the application, the demands for the quality of the system are high: the system shall work accurately and in compliance with the regulations regarding the applications dealing with credit cards. In addition, as there are many systems to which this application is connected to, the interaction between them is critical and shall be flawless.
Which of the following techniques would be MOST appropriate when testing this application?
Select THREE options.CorrectIncorrect
- Question 31 of 36
You are a Test Analyst on a new project. The requirements documents are on a very high level, containing little detail about the problem the software should address. As a result, your manager has decided that exploratory testing will be a primary test technique used for this project. You have been given the task of specifying, executing and recording the test sessions.
Select THREE of the options below to define what you will need or will use for specifying, executing and recording the sessions.CorrectIncorrect
- Question 32 of 36
Which of the following statements BEST explains experience-based testing?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 33 of 36
You have just joined a new software organization. They have a product that is in production but it has a large number of usability issues that have been recorded against it. This particular product is a data entry product that records information about new insurance customers.
The primary users of the product are data entry operators who input up to 1,000 new entries each day. You have been asked to select a good user interface checklist that can be used to test this product.
Which TWO of the following are items that should be included in this checklist?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 34 of 36
Which of the following describes typical characteristics of defect-based testing techniques?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 35 of 36
A system is being specified for use by automotive dealers. The system will provide the ability to configure a vehicle’s optional characteristics (e.g. engine size, external trim, color), visualize the configured vehicle and generate the retail price of the vehicle.
An existing system can provide a visual model of any single configuration but it does not enable the user to modify the configuration in the same session.
This system is being used as a development prototype from which it is expected that the required functionality can be generated more quickly than working from scratch, and time scales have been adjusted for a rapid delivery.
Which TWO of the following test case design techniques would together give the best chance of achieving acceptable test coverage in the available time frame?CorrectIncorrect
- Question 36 of 36
Which of the following is true regarding user stories?CorrectIncorrect