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Long Answers 20 points each
Imagine that you were testing the feature, Save With Password in the OpenOffice word processor.
Note that we’re talking about a SET, not just one. If the explanation is appropriate only for a single scenario test (not for a set), deduct points.
We are going to do some configuration testing on the OpenOffice word processor. We want to test it on
Imagine that you are an external test lab, and Sun comes to you with OpenOffice. They want you to test the product. How will you decide what test documentation to give them? (Suppose that when you ask them what test documentation they want, they say that they want something appropriate but they are relying on your expertise.) To decide what to give them, what questions would you ask (4 to 6 questions) and how would the answers to those questions guide you?
[Note: I have refined the wording of this question since grading the exam in which this question appeared. This analysis will be different next time because you won’t be asked for an overall strategy. “How will you decide what test documentation to give them?” is deleted.]
With “typical” points and 4 questions, the student gets 16 plus up to 3 for strategy.
With “typical” points and 6 questions offered, the student can get 24 plus up to 3 for strategy,
Maximum points possible are 39 (1 per question, 5 per guide across 6 questions, plus up to 3 for strategy)
I reserve discretion over “A” and may slightly raise or lower an answer if it is in the 18-20 total range.
Strategy: How will you decide what test documentation to give them? An answer that says, I'll ask them questions, is worth 0 points because I've said to ask questions. On the other hand, if they add extra research ideas beyond asking questions, they can have 1 (typical) to 3 (professional-level) points.
See course slides on requirements questions:
Additionally, we might see the Phoenix questions (these are listed in Thinkertoys) or other context-free questions (see Gause & Weinberg, Exploring Requirements).
You are using a high-volume random testing strategy for the OpenOffice word processing program. You will evaluate results by using an oracle.
Note: If you don’t understand hyphenation, substitute “spell checking” for “hyphenation in this question.
In 2002, I applied gentle grading because we didn’t spend enough time on this in class for a detailed answer. Additionally, just before the exam, it became clear that several foreign students were befuddled about hyphenation. So, I sent out a note allowing spell checking instead, and included this as one of the easy questions on the exam.
Which oracle is more challenging and why
Suppose that you find a reproducible failure that doesn’t look very serious.
Describe three tactics for testing: If you list an item without describing it, only 1 point.
Each description is worth 3 points, each example is 4 points. That totals 21, but from 19 to 20 is my discretion
My examples of follow-up tests