Test report

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Test report
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Test report has to show what was accomplished and what was not in the project. Then appropriate actions can take place. The purpose of the test report is to support stakeholders in making decisions about the project, therefore it have to meet specific expectations. Typical outcome might be SWOT analyzes with strengths, weeknesses, opportunities of improvements and threats[1].

Test report detailes

Test report should generally consist of[2]:

  • Test scope/ test objectives,
  • Test results showing differences between results and expectations,
  • Identyfication of what worked and what did not work and descriptions of these defects,
  • Recommendations of improvements with development process.

Moreover, if there is such an expectation from stakeholders, the test report might be expanded by[3][4]:

  • General information about the project,
  • Test start date and test end date,
  • Status of the project with estimation if there is a possibility to meet requirements and deadlines,
  • Test case levels with detailed information about phases of the test/project if they were any,
  • Statistics abouts errors etc.,
  • Observed performance on the business etc.,
  • Problems assosiated with the project for tracking purposes,
  • Capabilities and risks,
  • Description of data which is analyzed and data itself,
  • Detailed status of what is accomplished and what is not for example with RAGs,
  • Test logs.

Guidelines for writting test report

Limaye M. G. recommends guidelines for wrtting test report within the company[5]:

  • Developing internal baselines to be able to compare and improve tests within the company across the projects for example some unified template,
  • Using check lists before sending report (such as spelling mistakes) to make sure all data is correct and clear for stakeholders,
  • Including facts relating to the problems, not blaming any teams and persons,
  • Keeping high quality of the report for shareholders for example the same fonts, readable information to avoid mis understandings.

Test report scope example

Scope of test report might look as below[6]:

  1. General information,
  2. Aim of the document
  3. Test scope
    1. Performed activities
    2. Test goals and focus
  4. Test results
    1. Applied methods and procedures
    2. Assessment of test results
    3. Anticipated risks
  5. Enclosures
    1. Test minutes
    2. Test specification
    3. Test procedures

Author: Anita Bernacka


  1. Limaye M. G. (2009), p.406-407
  2. Limaye M. G. (2009), p.407
  3. Limaye M. G. (2009), p.406-408
  4. Drabick R. (2013), p.157-159
  5. Limaye M. G. (2009), p.408
  6. Lent B. (2014), p.137