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The Certified Software Tester (CSTE) certification is intended to establish standards for initial qualification and provide direction for the testing function through an aggressive educational program. To qualify for candidacy, each applicant must meet one of three prerequisites: a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college-level institution, an associate degree and two years of experience in the information services field or six years of experience in the information services field.
o qualify for candidacy, each applicant must meet ONE of four prerequisites listed below:
- A 4-year degree from accredited college-level institution & 2 years experience in the information services field
- A 3-year degree from accredited college-level institution & 3 years experience in the information services field
- A 2-year degree from accredited college-level institution & 4 years experience in the information services field
- Six years experience in the information services field
Software testers play a critical role in application development. They are quality assurance experts who put applications through the wringer to root out bugs, poor performance and funky interface issues. To do this, they run all kinds of tests – stress, performance, functional, scalability, user acceptance – at different stages of the software life cycle. Because software testing is so important to the quality and usability of the final product, testers are typically brought in at the planning and design stage, and often remain involved throughout post-release support.
Most testers work on teams that develop vendor software. Today, a lot of software is pushed through DevOps (development + operations) teams, where development, testing, and delivery are on a continuous loop using the Agile, Lean, or Scrum frameworks.
The software tester is an unsung hero for most development projects. They save end users from working with highly buggy software or applications that just don’t work well, greatly reducing tech support calls from frustrated customers. They also make the development team and the software vendor look good in the eyes of customers by ensuring that there are no critical bugs that prevent the software from operating as designed and advertised.
Examination Details and time frame:
Candidates are tested on their knowledge and practice of the skill areas defined in the Software Testing Body of Knowledge for CSTE (STBOK). The exam itself consists of two parts:
- Parts 1 – Multiple choice (100 questions each – objective / 75 minute time limit)
- Parts 2 – Short answer / essay (12 questions each – subjective / 75 minute time limit).
There is a total of 112 questions and the exam will take over 2 1/2 hours to complete which includes an optional 10 minute break after part one. The passing mark is 70% which is the average score of both parts.