Certified Software Testing Analyst (CSTA)

Certification Overview

Certified Software Testing Analyst (CSTA)

Exam Code: CSTA-001

The Certified Software Testing Analyst (CSTA)® qualification is aimed at people who have achieved an advanced point of their careers in software testing.

The CSTA® Certification provides the participant with a solid understanding of, and practical experience in, Test case design. Participants knowledge of the quality and the objective of software testing, the system development and quality assurance lifecycles and functional testing is reinforced.

The focus of the CSTA® Certification is on Test Case design and Participants are provided with ample opportunity to gain a solid understanding of this.

Participants are also provided with an opportunity to design a quality assurance. In the E-Course Participants are presented with various techniques of trawling for requirements in the absence of proper system documentation; this includes context diagrams, data-flow diagrams, workshop facilitation and interviewing subject matter experts.

You will also learn how to apply testing strategy in real-world situations gaining competency in the techniques essential for test analysis and performing outcome-driven test activities.

E-Course Duration: 30 to 35 Hours

Exam Information

  • The exam comprises of 100 Multiple Choice Questions out of which the candidate needs to score a percentage of 70% (70 out of 100 correct) to pass the exam.
  • Candidate can also opt for Certified Software Tester - Advanced Level (CSTAL) - Test Analyst or Technical Test Analyst (CSTTA)® based on ISTQB Syllabus at the time of scheduling an exam.

Exams are online and proctored based, using a webcam and a reliable internet connection exams can be taken anywhere and anytime.

The total duration of the exam is 1 hour 30 Minutes (90 Minutes)

No external sources of information may be accessed during the exam held via ProctorU. Further details of the materials permitted are provided:

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  • If a Candidate does not pass the exam in the second (2nd) attempt, the candidate must wait for a period of at least fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of their attempt to retake the exam for third (3rd) time or any subsequent time.
  • The exam can be taken any number of times.

The Certified Software Testing Analyst (CSTA)® Certificate is valid for life.

CSTA® is a Registered Trademark of GAQM.


Note: The Certified Software Testing Analyst (CSTA)® Certification has a pre-requisite (Completion of an E-Course is mandatory from GAQMBok portal) as maximum number of questions are drawn from the E-Course in the actual exam..

Course Outline

Module 1 – Testing Fundamentals and Process

  • Quick Overview on Testing
  • Testing Lifecycle Process
  • Testing in the SDLC
  • Test Monitoring, Planning and Control
  • Test Analysis
  • Test Design
  • Test Implementation
  • Test Execution
  • Evaluating Exit Criteria and Reporting
  • Test Closure Activities

Module 2 – Test Management for the Test Analyst

  • Test Progress Monitoring and Control
  • Distributed, Outsourced and Insourced Testing
  • Test Analyst’s Tasks in Risk-Based Testing

Module 3 – Testing Software Quality Characteristics (Part 1)

  • Test Techniques
  • Specification-Based Techniques
  • Defect-Based Techniques
  • Experience-Based Techniques
  • Cause-effects graphs
  • Equivalence partitioning
  • Boundary Value
  • Decision Table
  • State Transition
  • Pairwise Testing
  • Case-based Testing
  • Mind Mapping
  • Test Matrix
  • Error Guessing Technique
  • Checklist-based Technique
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Attacks

Module 4 – Testing Software Quality Characteristics (Part 2)

  • Quality Characteristics for Business Domain Service
  • Testing Characteristics
  • Typical Defects
  • Testing in the Life Cycle
  • Approaches, Usability Requirements and User’s Expectations

Module 5 – Review Preparation

  • Using Checklists in Reviews
  • Analyze a use case or user interface and identify problems
  • Analyze a requirements specification
  • Types of review
  • Roles and Responsibilities in Reviews
  • Informal Review
  • Management Review
  • Analyze Requirements Specification or User Story

Module 6 – Defect Management

  • Detecting Defects
  • Defect Report Fields
  • Non-functional Defects
  • Defect Classification
  • Identifying, Gathering and Recording Classification
  • Root Cause Analysis

Module 7 – Test Tools and Automation

  • Test Tools
  • Test Analyst’s role in Keyword Driven Automation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Testing Tools Approaches

Module 8 – Software Inspection

  • Software Inspection
  • Testing Methods and Strategies

Module 9 – Usability Testing

  • Attributes
  • Usability Testing Process
  • Client/Server Testing

Module 10 – Additional Test Design Technique

  • Static Analysis
  • Dynamic Analysis

Target Audience

The CSTA is ideal for testers and test teams who are looking to build on their existing software testing skills.

  • Experienced Testers wanting to progress their hands-on advance testing skills.
  • Test Managers wanting a better understanding of advanced testing skills.
  • Testers wanting to accredit their advanced level skills for recognition among employers, clients and peers.

Registration Process for E-Course and Exam

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  • Valid for 40 days
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  • Includes E-certificate and Digital Badge if you qualify in the exam.
  • Course Duration: 40 Days
  • Price: 250 USD


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  • E-Course is Valid for 20 days
  • This Package doesn't includes E-Voucher for Certification Exam.
  • Candidate has to purchase the E-Voucher separately to take the Certification Exam.
  • Course Duration: 20 Days
  • Price: 107 USD


  • Validity: 240 Days
  • Price: 170 USD
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