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Welcome to the 'Pre-Middle QA: Manual Testing + Internship'
software tester course for beginners
Top QA-mentors with a combined experience of more than 90 years in IT have created a professional QA-course for you - Harvard among other courses
So let's talk about the following in as much detail as possible:
- is it easy?
And there aren't enough QA testers. But their work is very important — the quality of the final program or service depends on them. At the same time, software testers don't need a technical education. Good QA courses are enough.
Is this true?
Becoming a QA-specialist who, for example, understands Linux or debugging of three-level applications, is more difficult.
But his career prospects are much better.
35 is the average age of our students. For example, in our experience, former teachers and accountants make the best software testers.
Second, we do a free orientation with every applicant. For those who don't qualify for testing, we're honest and say so (and they save their time and money).
For the rest, we help them start a new, exciting and enjoyable stage in life.
That is why we make a course that is unlike the others.
What is and is not included in the course
• Lesson 1. I'm a part of the team
• Lesson 2. I'm in a business environment
• Lesson 3. How can I use my language skills?
• Lesson 4. English-language forums
Module 2. New technologies
• Lesson 1. Living in a digital age
• Lesson 2. The digital sphere as a work space
• Lesson 3. What is IT?
• Lesson 4. Special terms
Module 3. Communication with clients and with teams
• Lesson 1. Business correspondence
• Lesson 2. Test task
• Lesson 3. Communication with colleagues
• Lesson 4. Special terms
Module 4. IT with Mentorpiece mentors
• Lesson 1. Special Terminology. Standup meeting + Emulation game with experienced QA
• Lesson 2. Special Terminology. Defect Advocacy + Emulation game with experienced QA
• Lesson 3. Special Terminology. Retrospective + Emulation game with experienced QA
• Lesson 4. Special Terminology. Task Grooming + Emulation game with experienced QA
• What is the Testing Structure (From UI buttons to the server through the network - and back)
• Linux Basics (Command Line as a way to work with error logs)
• Files and Directories (Where error logs live and how to manage them)
• Users and Groups (What permissions for error logs could be)
• Processes, Daemons and Services (What are they doing in Linux)
• Objects Search (Let’s search files in tricky and no so tricky ways)
• Networks Basics (How the information is moving)
• Network Layer (What ways to share the information do we have)
• Transport Layer (A bit more about protocols)
• Application Protocols (And how some more cool things about networks: no bug gets through)
• SQL Basics (SELECT, UPDATE, INSERT, DELETE - how to extract application info)
• SQL Joins (LEFT, RIGHT, FULL, SEFT - What if info is in several tables)
• SQL Subqueries (And how to mine very complicated data)
• Database Connection (How to set up a connection to DB)
• Database Tools (Database tools practical use)
GET READY FOR TESTING - HOW SERVICES LEVEL WORKS
• REST Services (Header, Body - how requests works)
• Postman (Basic use and collections)
• Development Tools (Practical use for REST services)
• Development Tools Practical use for UI objects)
• UI Scripts Basic (How to read them)
• UI Object Properties (Mandatory for testing)
• Requirements Assessment (Is the analyst guilty?)
• UML, ERD (Special for schema and graph lovers)
• Common Practice (Big practice, questions, consultation)
• Testing classification: Types, boxes, regression (What did Pythia say?)
• Equivalence Classes and Boundaries (How to test all without testing all: first meet with test design)
• Decision Tables (What if we have a lot of parameters to test?)
• Pairwise Testing (What if we have a huge amount of parameters?)
• State-Transitions Testing (How to test objects and their states)
• Using all Methods Together (True tester is not limited with the only one method)
• Test Cases (How to make them really helpful)
• Test Suites and Test Runs (What makes difference?)
• Test Plans (The same as check-lists or not?)
• Backend Level (Server is dead. Vivat server)
• Database Level (What if the DB is guilty?)
• Logs (Remember Linux!)
• Defect Tracking System (What for God’s sake is the difference between Severity and Priority?)
• Defect Description (How to fight a programmer back if everything works for him?)
• Automation and CI/CD (A Hybrid of Testing and Programming)
• Docker, Kubernetes, Rabbit MQ (Understanding complicated words and programs)
• Agile: Business Game (Let’s play a development team)
Real project: Yes
Practice in your CV: Yes
Training of all the skills: Yes
Possibility to be a team lead: Yes
Lecturers consultations: Unlimited
Job placement tutorial: Yes
Assistance in preparing resumes: Yes
Cover letter assistance: Yes
Vigorous employment mentoring: Yes
Duration: Until graduate finds a job
FOR GRADUATES WITH A HIGH GRADE
Job placement tutorial: Yes
Assistance in preparing resumes: Yes
Cover letter assistance: Yes
Vigorous employment mentoring: Yes
Duration: Until graduate finds a job
Validation on LinkedIn by three mentors: Yes
Video recommendation from the main mentor: Yes
Here is the optimal set:
During 4 months with the load within 15 hours per week it is realistic to study and consolidate in practice only the standard QA-knowledge on the test-design, requirements, documentation, testing levels, databases, three-link architecture, Linux, networks, services, development methodologies, and automation starts. If they are studied qualitatively, it is more than enough to get your first job.
It is like a musician learning to play all instruments at once, and a doctor learning how to treat teeth and perform brain surgery. Such a doctor would not be hired in dentistry or neurosurgery.
We recommend starting to learn mobile testing and automation after 6-12 months as a manual tester. In the long run, it will be both more efficient and cheaper.
How professional QA education differs from commercial education
The 4 main differences
in professional education:
✓ mentors motivation: self-actualization and $
✓ the commercial interests of the school take precedence over the interests of the student
✓ enrollment after successful payment
✓ school KPIs: number of students, ROI
✓ mentors motivation: improving the quality of IT professionals in the marketplace
✓ the interests of the student take precedence over the commercial interests of the school
✓ enrollment after a successful entrance exam
✓ school KPI: number of successful careers of graduates
In a year, as a professional QA-school, we graduate about 100 QA. Why so few? Because we try to be the Harvard of QA courses and focus on quality, not quantity
What will you get from studying on a professional QA course
when you study at a professional QA school:
- entrance tests to evaluate yourself, the complexity of the course, and avoid wasting time/money
- lessons in groups of maximum 15 students, where feedback is given to you, not to the flow of 100+ people
- strictly selected mentors - current technical specialists of international IT companies with 10 to 25 years of experience, who are involved in recruiting testers in their companies and know the most current requirements in the QA market
- live lectures adjusted to the specific group
- homework is checked by a lecturer, not by an inexperienced assistant
- a lot of practice: quizzes in the textbook, practice in class, challenging homework, internships
- a two-month internship by a full QA on a real business project, which will give you the first experience
- the final exam is like a real individual interview, and then there's vigorous job mentoring (and job security for excellent students)
1. Easy-to-learn basic material on the topic.
2. Advanced material.
3. A challenging homework assignment at the end.
Now you don't have to be stressed by immediately starting difficult material of which you understand nothing at all, and you can move with a gradual increase in the load.
Within the framework of this model, we have developed the 100-Year QA-Textbook.
100-Year QA-Textbook is an interactive textbook containing 42 modules, 42 online-tests, 500+ pages with basic knowledge (yes, 500 pages is only software testing base) on test design, requirements, documentation, testing levels, databases, three-tier architecture, Linux, networks, services, development methodologies and automation basics.
The textbook is used to prepare students for lectures, to facilitate their understanding of the material, and to prepare them for their first interviews with employers.
It's a course that really opened the door to a new life for many.
You'll have another question:
How awesome will my future job be?
Some online courses achieve up to 50%. Some courses have a graduation rate less than 30%.
And those who don't reach the finish line face a long and painful procedure to get a partial refund of their tuition. You've probably seen reviews of such QA courses.
At Mentorpiece, more than 90% of students reach and pass the final exam. This notable outcome is the result of all of the above — we have living mentors with more than 10 years of experience in the industry. Each student is in a group of no more than 15 highly motivated fellow students. During an entrance interview with a mentor and entrance exam, each student makes a conscious decision and demonstrates willingness to successfully dive into this new profession.
By the way, entrance testing also helps to avoid unnecessary loss of time and money for those for whom training would be too difficult.
But it's a good sign that well-known IT companies with their own experienced in-house QA experts take advantage of the course.
Mentors and alumni on their journey in IT
22 years of QA experience.
Has worked at Star Software, Exigen Services, Grid Dynamics, Rostelecom. Taught at Luxoft Training.
I like QA because it lets me participate in the entire software development process from A to Z and also interact with a lot of people all at once.
I'm a good instructor because I can explain complex things well using simple examples, pictures, diagrams and tables.
18 years of IT experience.
Has worked at several startups, Scientific Research Institute Voskhod, and Positive Technologies.
I like IT, and especially security, because you always have to stay in shape. There is often something interesting to investigate. And you're surrounded by excellent specialists and enthusiasts.
I'm a good instructor because I like to see excitement in my students' eyes, to notice their progress, and to receive their goodwill in return.
28 years of QA experience.
Has worked at BMC Software, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corp, General Motors.
I like being a QA because there is always something new to learn. And, you get to interact with many different teams. I also like knowing that the product will be more functional and reliable because I did my job well.
I am a good instructor because I have a passion for passing on my decades of knowledge and experience to the next generation. I want to help others be successful.
17 years of QA experience.
Has worked at MuranoSoft and Global Logic.
I like QA because it lets me satisfy my craving for research and science.
I'm a good instructor because my laziness causes me to teach others in a way that requires as little work as possible for myself. 🙂
14 years of IT experience.
Has worked at Yandex, Ivi.
I like IT because every day I see how it makes the world better and I like to be a part of this process. And maybe a little more because I grew up sitting at a computer. 🙂
I'm a good instructor because I have relevant experience that I can share and I know how to do it in a simple form.
Studying for your results
Work for your happy ending
- The best QA courses don't involve learning from people teaching theory or practice with just 4-5 years of experience.
We only hire QA mentors with 10+ years of IT experience. Mentorpiece does not try to teach everything at once. We specialize exclusively in QA and testing. As a result, your instruction comes from carefully selected mentors who are current technical managers at the largest global IT companies, who are involved in hiring testers at their companies.
- You're not paying for access to year-old webinars made by a teacher who never checks the homework.
This is a genuine live QA course with living, breathing teachers. They teach the latest theory, adapt the course for each specific group, lead practical exercises, answer questions, guide and support students, check homework, provide grades, and conduct exams.
Our groups are limited to 15 motivated students, not 30, 40, or even 300 people put into groups on some platforms. That means you won't be working with a host of instructors, supervisors, tutors, assistants, coordinators, and technical support specialists, but rather just a few QA experts. This dedicated team can give you the attention you need along with high-quality feedback.
- Can you become a specialist without working on a real project?
At Mentorpiece, we believe that software testing courses that don't offer this leave much to be desired.
That's why our students complete internships on a live project.
During your training, you will gain experience testing real software as part of a real project. You can add this work to your resume.
Online QA Course in numbers
in a group of 15 future QAs
in the next course
starting in June 2023
is still available
After enrollment and payment, you immediately get access to the group chat and LMS-system.
40+ frequent questions
That's why we have detailed answers to all possible questions:
The QA profession isn't for everyone. It requires a special mindset. Of course, if we ask you whether becoming a doctor, accountant or interior designer is for everyone, what would you say?
If you doubt whether the QA profession is right for you, contact our mentors. We'll arrange a free individual session for you and give you recommendations.
Is it possible to learn the profession in less than six months?
Yes, it is. You can learn everything you need to get a job as a junior tester, provided of course that you carefully participate in the lectures and do all your homework. We will help and guide you.
How much can I expect to earn after graduation?
Salaries for junior testers start from $56'000/year in US, £35'000/year in UK, €2'000/month EU.
I am 35 years old. Is it too late to learn how to test?
35 is the average age of our students. See the video "QA mentor's speech: What age could I become a QA?"
I'm a teacher (accountant). Wouldn't I have a hard time in testing?
The professions listed above are the easiest to find in testing.
How many graduates actually find jobs?
85% of our graduates land a job within a month after graduation.
To learn from a course delivered in English, you don't need to be good at English across all topics. It's enough to know technical English.
Technical English differs from 'regular' English in the following ways:
• Relatively limited vocabulary. The relevant technical English amounts to a few thousand words. By way of comparison, the Oxford English Dictionary contains over 170,000 common words.
• Good communication in technical English does not require mastery of all 12 tenses.
What if my English definitely leaves something to be desired?
First, you need to determine your level of proficiency. If you have never studied English at all, then yes, you will first have to learn it to the B1 (Intermediate) level.
If you have studied English but you are unsure whether your language skills are good enough, sign up to chat with a QA mentor at the bottom of this page. Or you can be tested at our monthly English for Would-Be Testers course.
This course is for everyone who is ready to learn a new specialization. Basic knowledge of programming is not required. It will help to have a little understanding of how programs, networks, operating systems, etc. fit together, but this is also not a prerequisite. We will teach you everything. We've had accountants, doctors and students in our groups — and they all found work as software testers. The main thing is your interest and motivation to learn.
I have never programmed. What should I do?
No big deal. Our course does not require programming. We teach manual testing and related knowledge. And you can learn how to program later in a course on test automation (if you really desire).
Do I need to have a technical background?
No. What's more, we know plenty of successful highly professional testers whose education is in the humanities, medicine, or art, or even entirely absent. If you're tired of your current job and know that it's not for you, then join us! Maybe we will help you find something you'll love without additional higher education?
Why is the course 4+2 months? I have seen a two-month course and it is much cheaper.
In two months you can learn the profession of a software tester only with a load of 40-50 hours per week. That is, the classes must go every day.
Otherwise, the knowledge gained will not be enough to get a job.
Why is the course 4+2 months? I've seen a year-long course, and it has automation and mobile testing. And I want maximum quality and a great career.
Learning an applied specialty like testing for longer than six months is inefficient. All the knowledge you acquire must be turned into skills in practical work, otherwise it will be forgotten.
If you start studying automation right after learning manual testing, then manual testing will be forgotten.
We recommend that you start learning mobile testing and automation after 6-12 months as a manual tester. In the end, it will be both more efficient and cheaper.
What equipment is required?
A computer or laptop with internet access. Some of the lectures on theory you can listen to on your phone, but there are very few of them. You will usually be required to complete hands-on exercises that the teacher assigns in class. And a webcam won't hurt — interaction during lectures is far more pleasant when you can see the person you're talking to. But if you're shy, you don't have to use a webcam.
How modern does a computer/laptop have to be?
Practically any computer will do. You can watch lectures and do quizzes even from your phone, in the OS/Android application for LMS. Practical classes are held in a cloud sandbox, on a special server.
Do I need any paid programs?
No, everything we use requires no additional payment from students. We'll give you a complete list of programs at the orientation session.
I see that the course is on Linux, but I have a Windows laptop
That is not a problem. The Linux lessons take place in a cloud sandbox, on a special server. You can also use the Linux emulator in your browser.
How hard can it be?
If you have an inquisitive mind, if you like to look into details, if you liked to break toys as a kid to see what's inside them, if you are ready to learn and do your homework on time - it won't be hard, it will be interesting and fun 🙂
All your QA mentors are working professionals who are team leads, area leaders, or QA department heads. They all love and know how to teach. We don't hire people with less than 10 years of QA experience or no teaching experience. We know you want only the best.
How and when will I study?
Your online classes will take place on weekdays. During the orientation session, the group decides the specific time and days. We don't want you to miss lectures because of a workout, or even worse — to miss your workout because of the lectures. So we try to adjust the schedule as much as possible to accommodate students.
Can I combine this with work?
Yes, our students are almost always already working. We've even had a doctor who managed to combine his QA studies with his shifts at the clinic. That is precisely why we hold classes on weekday evenings.
How does the training take place?
The training consists of live online classes, where you can freely communicate with the QA mentor on the topic of the lesson, ask questions and ask for clarification if you don't quite understand the explanation. After class, you will receive homework to reinforce the lesson material, which the mentor will check later. All lectures are recorded and posted to LMS, so you can review them later if you want to refresh your memory of certain points. If you miss a lecture (it's best not to do this, but we understand that things happen), you can also watch it on LMS.
How difficult is this?
You probably noticed that this question was asked already. Well, well done! You're very observant. Let us repeat: if you have a curious mind, then it will not be difficult. It will be interesting! 🙂
How much time is required for my studies?
Online classes are held twice a week for 2-3 hours.
Before the class, you must go through the appropriate chapter of the QA-textbook. This usually takes about 2 hours.
After each class you need about 2 hours of practical homework (if, of course, you were at the class and listened carefully to the teacher, and even better - asked tricky questions).
Total - in the range of 15 hours per week.
If you keep up the pace, a new life opens up. 🙂
Will I be able to interact with the mentors?
Of course! You will be able to communicate with the QA mentors during the live lectures — using your voice instead of chat. We love extra questions and are happy to answer them, even if they are slightly off topic. Additionally, we'll add you to the chat for the course, where you can ask any questions about the lectures or homework. Homework or lectures can also be discussed on LMS, where mentors will respond to you directly.
What should I do if I can't handle the load?
First of all, immediately reach out to the mentors and let them know you're struggling. Together we'll try to figure out the point at which things stopped making sense to you and whether we can help. Additional explanations from the QA mentors are usually enough to catch up with the curriculum. If there is a force majeure and you cannot continue your studies, be sure to contact us too. We will, of course, refund your money for any missed lectures and internship classes.
This is your real-world work. You're still a student, but your tasks will be quite real. You'll develop software using an agile methodology, analyze requirements, communicate with your team, run tests, and log bugs. In a word, you'll work. For the first couple of weeks, your QA mentor will be your lead, but later you will be able to become one yourself — to help your peers and check their work. Naturally, the QA mentors will still be around, but you can take on the responsibility and then mention it in your resume.
How is an internship different from a field study?
The ratio of study and work. Typically, an internship is 70% work and 30% study, while a field study is the other way around. But that doesn't mean that our internship will make you listen to lectures again instead of working. It's just that the QA mentors will be nearby while you work.
What does it look like?
Like a tester's normal job. In the morning, you have a stand-up, where the team discusses the plan for the day, asks questions, and reports their problems, if any. Then comes work, communication, clarification of details, analysis of documentation, etc. In the evening, you'll have a session with an QA mentor, get answers to any questions, and review your test cases.
Do I have to relocate somewhere for my internship?
No. We always organize remote internships for our students.
You can find out how our internships go in the video "Three internships of 2022: а Californian startup, finance, а manufacture of windows".
What is the workload like during the internship?
You determine the load yourself, but the more time you devote to your work, the faster you'll learn and the more you'll get out of the internship. Ideally, you will commit 4 to 8 hours on weekdays. But we understand that you are likely currently employed, so you should devote at least 1 hour per weekday and 3 hours per day on weekends.
Is an internship compulsory?
No, internships are not required. In fact, many students with good grades find jobs even before the internship begins.
But if you don't do the internship, we can't help you get a job because you won't have an important line on your resume.
Why is the internship free?
We are interested in maximizing the quality of the course, not stretching it. That's why in every cohort some students find a job before the internship even begins. The rest of the students get the opportunity to hone their skills and knowledge during internship free of charge - we hire the most experienced internship leader either at our expense or at the expense of the client.
After you graduate, you will be a Pre-Middle Software Tester. The name of the "grade" depends, in fact, on the company where you get the job. Middle at one company may be called Junior at another - although, in essence, the tasks will be about the same level of complexity.
What type of certificate do you award?
We award a certificate of completion for the Manual Testing + Internship course, signed by the mentors and the head of the school.
Will I be able to find a job after graduation?
Most of our graduates find a job within 2-4 months of graduation. To assist your job search, we conduct a mock interview at the end of your studies. We always provide feedback and will help your draw up you resume. In one funny case, one of our students failed our mock interview on his first attempt. He scheduled a retake one week later but found a real job in the meantime. But he showed up for the retake anyway 🙂
Do you help with resumes and cover letters?
What is a vigorous job mentorship?
The job market is competitive. Not everyone who wants a job will find one, even if they are prepared. Those who are both prepared and active will find jobs. We can give knowledge, we can train, but we can't give activity.
On this basis, each graduate must make a certain number of responses each week. He or she can discuss questionable jobs, test assignments, etc. with the mentor on duty.
If the graduate stops making the required number of responses, the job mentorship ends.
What does a video recommendation from the head mentor look like if I get a high score?
This is a personal video listing the graduate's positive qualities, which you can link to on your Linkedin page and on your resume.
Can I not start looking for a job right away after graduation?
As practice shows, the more time a graduate puts off finding a job, the more he forgets and the more his confidence drops.
Therefore, the search should begin no later than 30 days from the end of the internship.
How long does the tough job mentoring last?
Until you find a job (assuming you meet the required number of responses each week).
Price & possible discounts
At the same time, the cost of a quality course pays for itself in 3 months of QA.
Full course fee (not including internship)
1 seat in a group of 15 people:
Two-month internship opportunity for a full QA on a real business project is free.
But there is an opportunity to reduce the cost of studying:
- 10% discount if you prepay in full
- You can pay for the entire course (increasing the previous discount), or you can pay only for the first month but still get a discount on the overall cost of the course.
- A student who has paid for the course can get a promo code to give to a student who has not yet paid. The promo code grants a 5% discount on the course. The student who gives the promo code will receive cashback amounting to 5% of the course cost once the promo code recipient completes the course. Write to us.
- The discounts are cumulative
By the way, we always recommend paying attention to whether the course offers its own installments or only through the bank. This is also one of the indicators of its quality.
5-month installment plan
5-month installment plan + 10% discount if you pay first payment for 2 months before the course begins
We return without any cheating - you don't even have to write an application.
And there is no long wait - maximum 30 calendar days, usually much faster.
Note that internships are not included in the course price and are free of charge.
We accept payment by direct bank transfer as well as via PayPal. Other forms of payment are also possible.
Let us know if you have any questions.
How not to waste
time and money
And there are still a number of questions about the profession and the course.
Building your career doesn't start with a sales manager. We want you to make an informed decision, and no one pressures you.
So let's start not with payment, but with a free orientation interview with a top QA-manager with 20+ years of experience, who has grown a lot of middles, leads.
To make it easier to find an answer to this question, you need to do a small task beforehand. At the same time it will help you assess the format of the education.
We don't want you to start learning rashly and fall off in the middle of the road.
And for you to be really sure that testing is your thing.
you will succeed.
We believe in you!