What is an acceptance test? Acceptance test components, conclusion, and FAQs.

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What is an Acceptance Test? 

As the name suggests, an acceptance test is a type of software testing done by the end-user. It is done to check if the product or the software is ready to be launched for the market with all the bugs identified and removed

It is performed to check whether the software is acceptable or not. If it has unresolved issues and bugs then it will fail the acceptance test. 

It is the final stage of testing before product launch. After various other levels of testing and analysis in the software development life cycle such as requirements analysis, high and low-level design, coding, unit testing, integrated testing, and system testing. 

In terms of software performance, apart from the features and functionality of the software, it also reviews the UI experience

The following aspects of the software form the set of criteria on which the software shall be tested and measured. 

  • Functionality
  • Reliability 
  • Performance
  • Adaptability
  • Installability and Upgradability
  • Speed
  • Data Integrity
  • Confidentiality and Availability 
  • Data Conversion

Acceptance test components 

Acceptance test is conducted phase-wise initiating with basic tests and then proceeding to the more complicated tasks.

The basic components of the acceptance test are: 

  • Introduction
  • Test classification
  • Operation conditions
  • Test case ID
  • Test Title
  • Test Objective
  • Test Procedure
  • Test Schedule
  • Resources
  • Conclusion 

Acceptance test conclusion 

The test is concluded by a report. The result is either to accept the system for launch or do not accept and recommend modifications. The acceptance test report has a summary of the test results, variations in behavior, a summary of remedial measures, and an approval decision. 

FAQs 

Q: Who performs the acceptance tests?

A: Depending on the type of test customers, developers, management team, or support team may perform the acceptance test. 

Q: What are the types of acceptance testing? 

A: User acceptance testing (UAT), alpha/beta testing, operational testing, regulations testing, contract, and business testing. 

Q: What is the importance of acceptance testing?

A: Acceptance test is done to ensure that the product is capable of fulfilling the user needs, is at the top level of its performance, and ready to be launched. 

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