White-Box Software Testing Techniques

Software developers, technical and user acceptance testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, project managers, quality managers; anyone with an interest in testing.

Working experience with computers; prior experience in either software testing or the software development cycle would be beneficial.

Expected Duration
60 minutes

Software systems are increasingly ubiquitous in all aspects of our lives. Failures in these systems can be costly in terms of money, time, and business reputation. Some software failures can even result in personal injury or death. Effective software testing is integral to mitigating harm caused by software failures and providing confidence in software systems. This course covers white-box software testing techniques. This course is one of a series intended to align with the Certified Tester Foundations Level Syllabus (the “Syllabus”). The authors, Thomas Muller (chair), Dorothy Graham, Debra Friedenberg and Erik van Veendendal, and the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) are the source and copyright owners of the Syllabus. The course is intended to help learners prepare for the Foundation Certificate in Software Testing exam (BH0-010) which is provided by the Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB), a globally-recognized testing body providing software testing certification. SkillSoft makes no claim to any approval or endorsement of this course by any of the aforementioned parties or other third party.


Structure-Based and Experience-Based Techniques

  • determine the effectiveness of a given test set in statement coverage white-box testing
  • recognize the definition of coverage in software testing
  • determine the effectiveness of a given test set in decision coverage white-box testing
  • determine the effectiveness of a given test set in condition coverage white-box testing
  • recognize how path coverage is used
  • recognize how error guessing can be used in software testing
  • recognize how exploratory testing can be used in software testing
  • recognize which set of software testing techniques are most appropriate in a given scenario
  • evaluate the efficiency of white-box software testing techniques
  • evaluate the efficiency of experience-based software testing techniques in comparison with white-box techniques





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