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BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing is the next level of competency in software testing after the Foundation level and covers everything required by the BCS syllabus, with the emphasis on helping delegates to understand, remember and apply knowledge and applicable skills.

Achieving a pass in this certificate provides evidence that the candidate has proven analytical ability, having gained knowledge and practical skills in the key topics required for practising software testing.

Access duration
  • 1 year access to the platform
Online course format and characteristics
  • 7 modules
  • Duration of 21 hours
  • Mock exam revision tool
  • Access 24/7
Exam format and characteristics
  • One hour
  • Closed book
  • 25 scenario-based questions
  • Pass mark is 60% (15/25)
  • Exam is normally taken at a Pearson VUE Test Center. It is also possible to take the online exam in ProctorU modality for a surcharge, by adding the option at the end of the page. 

Pearson VUE does not distribute BCS certificates.
Within 48 hours of taking your exam, you will receive an email from BCS asking you to login in to the BCS candidate portal e-professional. Successful candidates will be able to access and download their e-certificate from within the portal. It is therefore essential that your individual email address is accurately entered when registering with Pearson VUE.

Location

Online

Accreditation

BCS

Individual price

499,00€

Access duration of the course

1 year

Language

English

Objectives

The overall objectives of the Intermediate Certificate examination are:

  • To provide a sound basis for candidates intending to register for ISTQB Advanced level examinations
  • To ensure that candidates for any one of the ISTQB Advanced level examinations have a broad understanding of the other specialist areas
  • To cover specific topic areas that the three specialisations should understand

The testing skills acquired by attending courses run to this syllabus will be applicable to a wide range of testing challenges that the test practitioner might face. The general approach taught will provide a basis for the testing of software systems in general. Answers to examination questions may require the use of material based on more than one section of this syllabus as well as any material contained in the Foundation syllabus.

Who it is aimed at

The topics covered in this qualification are those which are considered by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, to be essential knowledge for a practicing test professional, regardless of their specialism, for instance: Test Analysts, Test Team Leaders and Test Managers.

Contents

Module 1 – Introduction

Module 2 – Fundamentals of Testing
2.1 Why is testing necessary?
2.2 What is testing?
2.3 General testing principles
2.4 Application domains
2.5 Expected results
2.6 Exit, Completion, Closure or Acceptance criteria
2.7 Fundamental test process
2.8 The Psychology of Testing

Module 3 – Testing through the lifecycle
3.1 Software development models
3.2 Test levels
3.3 Functional and Structural Testing
3.4 Non-functional System Testing
3.5 Re-Testing and Regression Testing
3.6 Maintenance Testing
3.7 Test environment requirements

Module 4 – Static Techniques
4.1 Reviews and the Test Process
4.2 Phases of a Formal Review
4.3 Static analysis using tools

Module 5 – Test Design Techniques
5.1 Identifying test conditions and designing test cases
5.2 Categories of test design techniques
5.3 Equivalence Partitioning
5.4 Boundary Value Analysis
5.5 Decision Table Testing
5.6 State Transition Testing
5.7 Use case Testing
5.8 Path Testing
5.9 Statement Testing
5.10 Branch / Decision Testing
5.11 Error-guessing
5.12 Exploratory Testing
5.13 Test coverage
5.14 Choosing Test Techniques

Module 6 – Test Management
6.1 Test Organisation
6.2 Test management documentation
6.3 Test Approaches
6.4 Entry and exit criteria
6.5 Test Estimation
6.6 Test progress monitoring and control
6.7 Configuration Management
6.8 Risk and Testing
6.9 Incident Management

Module 7 – Tool Support for Testing
7.1 Types of test tool
7.2 Effective use of tools: potential benefits and risks
7.3 Introducing a tool into an organisation

Module 8 – Exam Simulator

Prerequisites

Candidates must hold BCS/ISTQB Software Testing Foundation Level and have at least 18 months experience in software testing and/or have completed a BCS accredited training course for the Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing.

Teacher language

English

Material course language

English

Exam type

Online

Certification

BCS Intermediate Certificate in Software Testing

Certificate type

Online

Exam language

English

Voucher code validity for ILX courses*

The voucher allows you to take the exam with the appointed Examination Institute. You will automatically receive the exam voucher code at the opening date of your account on the platform. 
The voucher is valid for 1 year from the date of issue.



ProctorU online exam

The voucher code included in the package is valid for taking the exam at a Pearson VUE Test Center.
By adding this option, you will be able to take the exam in ProctorU online modality.



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