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ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Section 1 Practice Quiz

1. Test granularity refers to:
a. Any way of determining the expected result for a test case.
b. A quality improvement idea common in software development.
c. The fineness or coarseness of a test’s focus.
d. The impact of a bug on the system under test.

2. The prime benefit of testing is that it results in improved defects
a. True
b. False

3. A bug report is a:
a. A collection of independent, reusable test cases.
b. A technical document that describes the various symptoms or failure
modes associated with a single bug.
c. A deliverable that details the strategic approach to a testing effort
d. A & B

4. A software error can be described as:
a. A description of the relationship between two or more variables or set
members in which the value of one does not influence the values of others.
b. Any ill-advised, substandard, or temporary fix applied to an urgent
problem in the (often misguided) belief that doing so will keep a project
moving forward.
c. The process in which developers determine the root cause of a bug and
identify possible fixes.
d. A mismatch between the program and its specification.

5. Select a reason that does not agree with the fact that complete testing is
a. The domain of possible inputs is too large to test.
b. Limited financial resources.
c. There are too many possible paths through the program to test.
d. The user interface issues (and thus the design issues) are too complex to
completely test.

6. Testing looks for situations in which a product fails to meet the developer’s
expectations in specific areas.
a. True
b. False

7. Select a reason that does not support the idea of using separate test plans for test
subprojects that are distinct in one or more ways:
a. Different resources
b. Different time periods
c. Different methodologies
d. Different objectives
e. Different audiences

8. The testing effort begins with:
a. Test planning
b. Test case design
c. Test execution
d. B & C
e. A & B

9. Testing during the design stage involves:
a. Examining the design documents
b. Reading drafts of the planning documents
c. Acceptance or qualification testing
d. None of the above

10. A well-designed test system promotes:
a. Principles
b. Actions
c. Resources
d. Accountability

11. When testing operating systems or applications, the first step of testing a new
build should consist of :
a. Notifying test lead
b. Updating requirements
c. Testing the upgrade/installation procedures
d. A & B

12. The general rule of test execution is that you must always create a test procedure
that will force the program to use the data you’ve entered and to prove that it is
using your data correctly.
a. True
b. False

13. Which is not a goal of writing effective Problem/Bug reports?
a. Illustrate how to fix the problem
b. Explain how to reproduce the problem
c. Analyze the error so you can describe it in a minimum number of steps
d. Write a report that is complete, easy to understand, and non-antagonistic

14. Which of the following displays an exit criterion for the test team?
a. All software released to the test team is accompanied by release notes
b. The test team has executed the entire planned tests against the application
under test.
c. Twice-weekly bug review meetings (under the Change Control Board)
occur until System Test Phase Exit to manage the open bug backlog and
bug closure times.
d. The Development teams have unit-tested all features and bug fixes
scheduled for release.

15. The daily closure period refers to:
a. The average for all closed bugs, including the current day and all previous
b. The amount of bugs opened over a 24 hour period
c. The average number of days between the opening of a bug and its
resolution for all bugs closed on the same day.
d. None of the Above

16. Integrity testing involves:
a. The testing of pseudo code
b. Performance testing
c. Alpha testing
d. The final phase of testing prior to deployment

17. Testing literature reflects and promotes a strongly held belief that product
reliability will not be better if testing is done by a fully independent test agency.
a. True
b. False

18. Select the item(s) that are general testing principles:
a. Testing shows a presence of defects
b. Exhaustive testing is impossible
c. Automation tools can be a great strategy
d. Absence-of-errors fallacy

19. Which is not a major task of test implementation and execution:
a. Develop and prioritizing test cases, creating test data, writing test
procedures and optionally, preparing test harness and writing automated
test scripts.
b. Logging the outcome of test execution and recording the identities and
versions of the software under test, test tools and testware.
c. Checking test logs against the exit criteria specified in test planning.
d. Verifying that the test environment has been set up correctly.
20. Select the item(s) that compose test objectives:
a. Finding defects
b. Gaining confidence about the level of quality and providing information
c. Preventing tools
d. Utilization of testware