Manual Testing

AscentialTest provides a unique way to create and execute manual tests. Manual tests are developed by combining and organizing re-usable steps by drag and drop. At test execution time, the tester is prompted with instructions for each step and provided a way to capture outputs, notes, images and attachments. Results are stored along with automated test results, making it easy to generate comprehensive reports. AscentialTest provides a highly visual environment where test components are created using drag and drop in an easy 4 step process:


1. Create Steps:

Manual Testing

    GreenCheck Parameterize steps with the touch of a button to make them reusable
    GreenCheck Drag flow control and conditional statements from the ‘Actions Explorer’
    GreenCheck Steps are organized in a library that can be organized by user-defined groups
    GreenCheck Refactor project automatically when renaming steps or step parameters

2. Build Tests:

Manual Tests

    GreenCheck Create tests by dragging and dropping re-usable steps
    GreenCheck Outputs captured in one step can be linked to input instructions of subsequent steps so         that the tester is provided with session specific data
    GreenCheck Data lookups can be embedded within instructions so that the tester is provided         with current and relevant test data. Significant time is saved searching for records and         eliminating input errors due to out-of-date data
    GreenCheck Data tables generated with fields in the correct data type
    GreenCheck Pass parameters between steps or access shared parameters
    GreenCheck Refactor project automatically when renaming tests or test parameters
    GreenCheck Tests kept up to date automatically as reusable steps are modified
    GreenCheck Combine manual and automated steps


3. Input Test Data:

Build Test Data

Data tables are automatically generated by AscentialTest based on test input fields. Data tables offer significant advantages over spreadsheets for maintaining test data. Instead of storing only strings, AscentialTest data tables store data in the type that is required by test actions including complex lists and records. Users can automatically generate data tables from tests or build them visually using a specialized editor. All the user has to do is provide the test data.

    GreenCheck Data fields are generated in the type expected by the test
    GreenCheck Pick lists reduce input errors and save time inputting test data
    GreenCheck Data tables can contain complex data structures including lists and records
    GreenCheck Import test data from .csv
    GreenCheck Special encrypted data parameters available for passwords and other sensitive data
    GreenCheck Data can be designed to be reused by multiple tests
    GreenCheck Standalone applet available for editing test data
    GreenCheck Random data generation available
    GreenCheck Easy access to ODBC databases, ASCII, XML and INI files


4. Execute the Test:

Execute Manual Software Test

The manual test prompter invokes on the tester's computer and provides instructions along with the ability to capture outputs, notes and attachments.

    GreenCheck Application images can be captured during execution for display in test results or defect         reports
    GreenCheck Test results including date/time, tester and executed actions are recorded for audit or         regulatory review
    GreenCheck AscentialTest Manual Test Edition can be purchased separately as a standalone solution for        manual-only testing

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