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Exam 70-497

Software Testing with Visual Studio

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  • Published: 08 June 2014
  • Languages: English
  • Audiences: Developer
  • Technology: Microsoft Visual Studio 2013
  • Credit towards certification: MCP, MCSD

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I'd like to expand and prove my technical skills by earning a Microsoft Certification. My next step is taking Exam 70-497. The registration fee is $150.00 USD.

When I pass this certification, you'll have proof of my ability to work with Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. Microsoft has training and online resources to help me prepare for the exam. I believe I'll be more effective and productive after achieving this valuable technical certification.

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Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area in the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area in the exam.

From 8 June 2014, the questions on this exam include content covering Visual Studio 2013.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

  • Create test plan properties

    • Select test settings; select configurations; define name, description, area, path and iteration; select test environments; assign build to test plan, including when to assign a build to a plan, compare assigned build to another build, clone test plans and test suites

  • Configure test settings

    • Create multiple test settings, select data and diagnostics, set up roles

  • Define configurations

    • Manage configuration variables, set default configurations, add new configurations, set configuration state, delete configurations

  • Create test suites

    • Create query-based test suites using hierarchical queries, create requirement-based test suites, create static test suites, copy test suites, create a test suite hierarchy, assign test suite states, clone test suites from the command line, manage test suites by using a web browser

  • Configure test suites

    • Assign testers, select configurations, order test cases within a test suite, set defaults

  • Create test cases

    • Design test cases that have clear and measurable steps, assign test case properties (title, areas and iterations, state, priority, assign to and automation status), add attachments and links, add the test case description and history, add tested requirements, manage test case workflow (state), bulk author test cases by using a grid view

  • Create test steps

    • Add and remove parameters to and from actions or expected results, add and remove data, create repeatable test actions for using fast forward for manual testing, create expected results, add test step attachments

  • Define parameters

    • Manage test case iterations, create a parameter variable, rename parameters, delete parameters

  • Manage shared steps

    • Create shared steps, design shared steps that can be reused effectively across different test cases, move shared steps, create action recording for shared steps

  • Manage requirements

    • Review requirements, verify requirements, verify all requirements are accounted for, validating test coverage

  • Run tests

    • Run tests with options, create fast forward for manual testing recordings, select fast forward playback options (all steps, multiple steps), set test run states, validate expected results (add comments, snapshots), run tests from a browser, update the status of multiple test cases without opening them in the test runner, customise the test result fields in Microsoft Test Manager (MTM)/web browser, pause and resume tests in MTM/web browser, edit tests inline during test execution, manually test Windows Store apps and review action logs

  • Perform exploratory testing

    • Perform ad hoc exploratory testing; explore by work item; generate test case from test; generate bugs from exploratory testing; add screenshots, video or audio recording

  • Manage bugs

    • Track bug metrics (bug trends, status), verify bugs (create test from bugs), analyse bug reports, manage bug workflow

  • Use lab centre

    • Create new environments, create copies of environments, run tests on remote environments, execute test case in a lab centre environment

  • Analyse recommended tests

    • Select the build in use, compare the current build to a previous build, view recommended tests, analyse related work items

  • Perform analysis

    • Analyse reports (requirements-user stories), analyse by test suite, analyse by configuration, identify areas where quality is low, identify test plan status, view test plan results in MTM, work with out-of-the-box reports, customise out-of-the-box reports

  • Manage work items

    • Validate requirements, work item relationships (for example, what it means when a test case is associated with a requirement), create work item queries, perform bulk updates in Excel

Preparation options

Watch this Jump Start to improve how your team manages test coverage to better mitigate issues throughout your organisation’s development process. You can leverage the tools built into Visual Studio 2012 to track back work items and test cases to business goals and measurable requirements to make testing a valuable part of your application lifecycle management (ALM). Join Steven Borg, Co-founder/Strategist at Northwest Cadence, and Anthony Borton, Lead ALM Consultant for Enhance ALM Pty Ltd, for a fast-paced Jump Start tailored for seasoned testers and developers looking to put these skills to use right away.

Microsoft Certification PREP Talk: Exam 70-497

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Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are software testers. They manage the process of running tests, creating and monitoring bugs, and managing and mitigating issues that a software organisation has in controlling test coverage for project requirements. The qualified candidate typically has a strong understanding of the software testing role and modern testing practices, and the ability to implement testing practices by using Microsoft technologies.

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