Entry and Exit Criteria

What is Entry and Exit Criteria in Software Testing? Explain with example.

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Bina Sarmah

  • Oct 21st, 2011

Entry &Exit criteria is part of test plan document

Entry Criteria: Use to determine that test plan is ready to execute

1. Setup test environment that is required for particular test plan
2. S/W or application has been installed successfully.
3. All required / specified per-requisite are there.

Exit Criteria: Use to determine that it is the time to stop testing like...
1. All major functionalists have been cover as specify in test plan
2. All test cases are completely executed or not
3. S/W or application is bug free (up to 80%) and no higher priority
or higher severity bug in application.
4. All the documents should be reviewed, finalized or signed off.


  • Oct 24th, 2011

entry: as soon as requirement are base line...

exit:by completing a certain % of test cases pass
bug rate fall below certain level

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Entry and exit criteria are the set of conditions that should be met in order to commence and close a particular project phase or stage. Each of the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) phase or stage will have one or more Exit/Entry Criteria conditions defined, documented and signed off.

Entry Criteria

• Build notes is provided to APT team.

• All defect logged during earlier phases (Requirements, Design or Development) and planned to be fixed during APT phase are logged in Test Management software with a target resolution date.

• Business Analysts, Technical Architects, Developers, DBAs (Database Administrators), build deployment and support resources are identified and are made available as required during APT (Application Product Phase) testing.

• RTM (Requirements Traceability Matrix) is signed off by required stakeholders.

• Test Closure Report for AT (Assembly Testing) is signed off by required stake holders.

Exit Criteria
• All planned Test Scripts of Pass3 are executed and 95% of the Pass3 Test Cases have passed.

• Any Application Product Test Cases that are marked as NA (Not Applicable) should be reviewed and approved prior exiting APT (Application Product Test).

• There are no open/pending Severity 1 and Severity 2 defects, any pending Severity 3 and Severity 4 defects can be deferred only if they have been reviewed and approved by UAT users, Business users and other project stake holders.

• All the defects found pre-APT phases are closed or deferred by taking approval from all the required stake holders.

• Application Product Test resources, Business Analysts, Technical Architects, Developers, DBAs (Database Administrators), build deployment and support resources are identified and are made available for next phase of testing IPT (Integration Product Test).

• Test Closure Report for APT (Application Product Test) is signed off by required stake holders and handed off to IPT (Integration Product Test) team lead.

• Following deliverables are completed and signed off (Test approach, Test conditions and Expected results, Test scenarios, Test scripts, and common Test data sheet) before APT (Application Product Test) can start.

• APT (Application product test) environment is ready in terms of Hardware, Software and Build and is made available for APT team.

• Build deployed in Application Product Test environment has met the Exit Criteria defined for Assembly Testing.

• There are no pending Severity 1 Defects logged during Unit Testing or AT (Assembly Testing) phases.

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Entry Criteria:-
1 test cases prepared and reviewed
2 test environment established
3 S/w build received from developer

Exit Criteria:-
1 All test cases Executed
2 All major defects was fixed
3 Time was Exceeded

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