Software Testing Advanced Test Analyst Complete Guide for ISTQB Exam 2021 Syllabus v3.1
: C. Newbould – Design and Production – N. Powell,  Consultant Editor – E. Powell CTAL-TA
ISBN 978-0-9536056-3-7  11 June 2021 Paperback 308 pages
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Complete Guide for the ISTQB® Advanced Test Analyst CTAL-TA certification exam covering the complete 2021 Syllabus v3.1 (May 2021).

A guide book and reference for the Software Test Analyst when testing web, tablet-based and other platformed apps where efficient testing using advanced test techniques is required. Now updated to the 2021 ISTQB® Syllabus v3.1 with relevant supplementary content from previous exam guides and Syllabus v3.0 (formerly 2019 v1.1). The Complete Guide for ISTQB® Exam covers the full syllabus for Advanced Test Analyst CTAL-TA certification and more. All specified software test techniques and topics are explained in detail. This book is an essential guide to understand and learn advanced software test techniques to prepare for the Advanced Level exam. It can be used for familiarization and self-study before, or complementary to a formal training course. Certification to Advanced Level is a great addition to an individual’s resume that can lead to new career opportunities for the experienced software tester.

Learn software testing techniques beyond the concepts and understand how to choose and apply advanced techniques. The book presents over sixty-five worked examples, ten revision exercises and two practice exams each of forty original questions, together with answers and detailed explanations. The book has extensive coverage of all topics specified at the Advanced Level and how to analyse complex subject matter areas. The worked examples and exam questions adhere closely to the ISTQB® specified content, formats and essential Learning Objectives. Hints, tips and advice are given throughout to demonstrate how to best approach and solve questions efficiently by using the appropriate methodology.

The book shows you how to avoid potential difficulties while enabling regular checks on progress. Packed with practical advice, studying and referencing this book will increase confidence and build on your knowledge and understanding. The book is indispensable for those wishing to achieve certification at Advanced Level CTAL-TA following Foundation Level or simply to enhance competence and skills. It will boost proficiency in software testing skills, even if not intending to take the exam for some time. ISTQB® has created the world’s leading scheme for certification of software testers with qualifications recognised internationally.


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Paperback: 308 pages  Publisher: AiFlex Publishing (June 2021)  Language: English
ISBN-10: 0953605637  ISBN-13: 978-0953605637  Dimensions: 19 x 1.2 x 23.5 cm

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Five Significant Benefits from using the Software Testing Advanced Test Analyst Complete Guide for ISTQB Exam
The growth in technology and the demand for quality software applications means organizations need to develop, validate, deliver and operate software to the highest possible level. In doing this, software testing has a vital role. Investing in developing software testing skills is key to success. Use this book to realise the benefits listed below.

1. Reduce Defects – have better quality software.
The quality of software is the degree to which the software satisfies the stated and implied needs of its stakeholders and thus provides value. Poor quality affects customers, company, and careers. Reducing defects is key to quality improvement. This book provides practical information on test techniques and practical applications of software testing that testers need and can use every day. There is advice throughout on possible difficulties and how to overcome them. The book can be used as a reference for standards specified by ISTQB for the Advanced Level Test Analyst.

The Test Analyst can make a significant contribution. Capers Jones [1] in his paper, Software Defect Origins and Removal Methods [2], found ‘Untrained personnel such as developers seldom top 35% in defect removal efficiency for any form of testing.’  He also noted, ‘Synergistic combination of defect prevention, pre-test defect removal, and formal testing by certified personnel can top 99% in defect removal efficiency while simultaneously lowering costs and shortening schedules.’
[1]   [2] January 2020

2. Achieve ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Certification
The book/Guide covers all areas specified in 2019 Syllabus. Working towards achieving certification provides a clear goal for the Test Analyst and promotes productivity and efficiency. Having a solid knowledge base of software testing reduces stress in what can be at times a challenging career. For those wishing to achieve certification, the Software Testing Advanced Test Analyst Complete Guide for ISTQB Exam gives all the details you need to prepare for the exam, what to expect, format of exam questions, hints on how to approach the exam, practice papers and options for booking the exam. The book is packed with hints, advice and over sixty worked examples. The Software Testing Advanced Test Analyst Complete Guide for ISTQB Exam can be used for self-study or to support attending a training course. This official certification is internationally recognized, see the Successful Candidate Register™ at

3. Build Confidence and Reputation for Quality Software Testing
There are benefits for the company, the customer and the Test Analyst. The most common risk of poor-quality software is poor customer experience. Making software testing a clear priority for software development, sends a message to customers that you want their software to be as successful in meeting their objectives as possible. Meeting customer expectations with quality software that supports the customer’s business enhances the customer-business relationship, builds trust, helps in retaining customers and generating new business. The book shows ways usability can be measured as well as other Software Quality Characteristics.

For the Test Analyst, ISTQB certification supports skills development, personal development and career progression. The Software Testing Advanced Test Analyst Complete Guide for ISTQB Exam covers the 2019 Syllabus and can be used for self-study, to support attendance of a training course or as a reference. Realising the benefits of software testing boosts confidence and motivation.

 4. Save Time
It is important to have effective testing. The book explains the need to understand different Software Development Life Cycles and where the Test Analyst involvement is most useful together with the principles and application of the different test techniques. The book considers the changes to software development practices, in particular the use of iterative software development lifecycles such as Agile.  With extensive knowledge of the test process and test techniques, the Test Analyst is able to select the most appropriate technique or combination of techniques. This benefits the testing effort and also, with faster feedback, the development effort. Thus, Test Analysts can contribute to software being brought to market faster than might otherwise be possible.

A shared understanding of the importance of software quality is vital in providing software that meets the stakeholders’ expectations. Test Managers report that broad use of the ISTQB Certification body of knowledge leads to better communication and greater efficiency within and between teams.

5. Realize Cost Savings
Investing time in using this book, following the advice and applying the test techniques will for the Test Analyst result in development of skills and ultimately to career progression. For the employer, there are benefits with huge savings overall. ‘A software bug costs a dollar to fix-inhouse, ten dollars in testing and a hundred in the field, James G. Treybig, Founder a CEO of Tandem Computers Inc.’ (In 45 minutes!). Using the book also greatly benefits the Test Analyst with their development and opens up career opportunities.