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  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: BCS; 1 edition (17 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906124132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906124137
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Brian Hambling has experienced software development from a developer's, project manager's and quality manager's perspective in a career spanning over 30 years. Angelina Samaroo CEng is an instructor for the ISEB Foundation and Intermediate Courses in Software Testing. The authors are both experienced ISEB examination setters and markers and know the syllabus in depth.


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I was due to take the ISEB intermediate, so bought this to help with the study. It follows the syllabus very closely to which it is a useful companion.

That said, it is a very slim volume for the price, especially when you take into account that there is quite a lot of repetition from the foundation. Given that (I would imagine) a lot of people who take the foundation are likely to want to progress to the intermediate, then it would perhaps make more sense to combine the two publications with a more reasonable price tag.
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I used the book for self-study and passed with 96% after about 6 weeks so it worked for me even though when entering for the exam I had my doubts over whether I was ready because there isn't a whole lot of the book to provide practice material or depth of learning.

I have no IT experience and it was certainly easily understandable throughout.
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As a stand-alone item then this book is overpriced for the content, but if you take into account that this book covers everything you need to pass the ISEB exam then the money you save on course fees makes this a bargain.

The examples questions in the book are very close to what you will encounter in the exam.
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I used this book to prepare for my exam. The information is clearly presented and well-written. There are lots of exercises and checks of understanding, all with good answers and explanations provided, so if you haven't taken a formal course you can still use this book for both learning and revision
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I studied for my ISEB in early 2012 and used this book as it was recommended by my tutor.

If you have never studied Software Testing or don't have a strong background in it this book is highly recommended as it tells you in plain English the terminologies and buzzwords with proper definitions.

If you are planning on sitting the ISEB Foundation Exam reading this book isn't adequate alone.

I found that the ISEB Practice papers had a few questions which you'll struggle to find a formidable answer in the book. At times when comparing an answer from the book to what my tutor has taught me there was a slight contradiction. I believe this is because exam board is basing it's answers on tradition whereas in industry they take a more practical approach.

In all honesty, if you just want to pass the exam. Skim through the book and do the pass papers and make notes on the questions you get wrong.

I recommend this cool website called [...] because you can buy the pass papers and answers for cheap. All you have to do is memorise the answers and you'll pass 40/40.

Good luck passing ISEB guys.

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This is a very informative book and I used it along side a course to achieve my intermediate certificate.
It is written by the person who wrote the qualification.
However I would like to point out that the syllabus for the course has changed a little since the book was written, so there is some information missing (such as audit reviews), as well as some information included that isn't required.
However, to be used in conjunction with a course, for additional revision, I do recommend it.
Clear to read with some great Q&A's to go through too.
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The book serve its purpose technically (good coverage of exam syllabai). It would have been good if more sample papers are provided. Buy it, only if you are preparing for exam.
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By Dabl on 17 Dec. 2012
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I have just similarly reviewed the Foundation exam counterpart from these authors, and felt it necessary to do the same for the followup.

I bought this book on the strength that the Foundation was excellent, and I needed a followup book to help me pass the Intermediate exam with similarly good grades. I passed very well, and all I used was this book and the free PDF syllabus as a reference.

This book promises all you need to pass, and it delivers! Guiding you through each step of the QA SDLC, this book does everything you need it to.

Unlike the first book, I would not recommend this for someone who doesn't have much QA sector experience, as it may be too much information for some. For others, it'll be a great reference book - if you're planning to sit the Intermediate exam soon or not.

If you're experienced in QA, use this book as part of your continued development to push for promotion, or become better at the job you're already doing.
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