What Is Entry and Exit Criteria in Software Testing Life Cycle?


Entry and Exit Criteria in Software Testing Life Cycle


It is necessary to decide entry and exit criteria mean the start and end point of testing, to make successful execution of any project. If you don’t know where to begin and where to end, then objects will not clear to you. By this, we can characterize boundaries for testing.

There are two major advantage of making entry and exit points for testing.

  • The criteria for successful achievement are set towards the start of the project, well before the linked densities with transmission are felt, and can be founded on an agreement of the involved investors.

  • Decisions are obvious and basic at the changeovers starting with one test level then onto the next and at the delivery point.

Entry Criteria

The entry criteria for testing define when to start testing, i.e. at the beginning of a test level or when a set of test is ready for execution.

Example of typical Entry Criteria for testing

  • Test environment availability and readiness.

  • Test tool readiness in the test environment.

  • Testable code availability.

  • Test data availability.


Exit Criteria

Exit criteria for the test used to determine when to stop test level or any other testing activities. The factor determines exit criteria include:

  • Logistics: – The readiness or lack of readiness – of employees, equipment, and resources can be the criteria for exiting a testing level or ending testing.

  • Product Quality: – the state or stability of the test item, the number of defects recognized or projected, or the number of tests already passed or failed are indicators of product quality that can be used to set exit criteria.

  • Scope of testing: – you can establish exit criteria for testing based on fulfilling all of the test objectives for a test level or completing a programmed test activity. Requirements coverage, code coverage.

  • Economic constraints: – the lack of funding, the pressure of delivery dates.

  • Risk: – a risk calculation, the possibility and probability of negative v results from incomplete testing.

Critical Exit Criteria for testing on various level

  • Component Testing Exit Criteria: –

    • All component tests and results are logged.

    • No high severity bugs remain.

    • Code coverage is at least 80%

    • Code coverage on all high- risk components is 100%.

    • All high-risk components have completed at least any technical review session.

  • Integration Testing Exit Criteria:

    • All integration test cases must pass

    • Usability design tests conducted with user focus groups must pass

    • interface with external systems must pass a standard regression test.

  • System Testing Exit Criteria: –

    • For every medium and high – priority requirement, all boundary value test must pass

    • For every low priority requirement, at least one test case must pass

    • Only known low severity defects remain uncorrected unless the project manager agrees to an exception.

    • scripted performance load and stress tests meet requirements

    • the regression test suite must run to completion

  • Acceptance Testing Exit Criteria: –

    • No type of medium or higher severity defects remain uncorrected.

    • All user end to end scenario tests passes or have workaround solution for problems due to defects.

    • All experienced users can perform the fifteen standard tasks without referring to the user guide.

    • The system must be able to process 100 transactions per minute with under 1 second response time.

    • Designated representatives of the end user sign off on the test result.


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