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Guide to Confirmation Testing: Concepts, Features, Pros & Cons

Confirmation testing, also known as retesting, is one of the software testing techniques that ensure the software is error-free and guarantee the delivery of high-quality final products.

This blog post will introduce one of the essential testing methods behind successful products—confirmation testing:

What is confirmation testing?
What are the features of it?
What is the difference between confirmation testing and acceptance testing?
What are its pros and cons?

 

What is confirmation testing?

Confirmation testing aims to verify whether the software's functionality, performance, and other characteristics align with user requirements.

Software confirmation testing involves validating the software against the requirements specified in the requirement specification document in a simulated environment. To do this, a test plan needs to be formulated, outlining the types of tests to be conducted and defining specific test steps along with detailed test cases.

By implementing the predefined test plan and test steps, confirmation testing ensures that the software's features correspond to the requirements, all software functional requirements are met, all software performance requirements are achieved, and all documentation is correct and user-friendly. Additionally, it involves testing and confirming other software requirements such as portability, compatibility, error recovery, maintainability, etc.

Features of confirmation testing:

• Test plan: It requires additional effort from both the testing and development teams to carry out the testing.

• Reuse of test cases: The same test cases are used to validate errors and recorded in the test report. Testers do not need to rewrite test cases to retest the same error, reducing the workload on the testing team.

• Improved success rate of the application: By confirming or retesting the application, it ensures that it is error-free and ready for successful deployment in the market, meeting all user requirements.

• Performed before regression testing: It is always executed before conducting regression testing because regression testing verifies that the functionality of other related modules remains unaffected after fixing the respective module's errors.

• Confirmation of bug fix status: It confirms whether the reported bugs have been fixed.

Difference between confirmation testing and acceptance testing:

While their functionalities may seem similar, there are differences between confirmation testing and acceptance testing.

Firstly, their testing purposes differ. The purpose of confirmation testing is to demonstrate to future users that the system can function as intended. On the other hand, acceptance testing ensures that the software is ready for use and can be utilized by users to perform specific functions and tasks. Secondly, they have different tasks in themselves. Confirmation testing aims to further validate the effectiveness of the software, while acceptance testing aims to demonstrate that the system can function as intended for future users.

Pros and cons of confirmation testing:

Confirmation testing, as a commonly used testing approach, has several advantages:

1. It can uncover errors during the software product installation process.
2. It helps ascertain whether the software system's functionality meets the requirements outlined in the required documents.
3. It can evaluate the software system's transaction processing speed and its compliance with requirements, while also providing performance data for software optimization reference.
4. It can verify backward compatibility and cross-compatibility between different versions of the software product.
5. Confirmation testing examines the rationality and convenience of using the software system to identify human factors, user experience issues, and other concerns.

 

There are also some drawbacks to consider:

1. Re-executing failed test cases requires additional time and effort.
2. Automation test cases cannot be used for retesting.
3. Defect validation requires a new version.

 

Wrapping up

Confirmation testing plays a crucial role in ensuring the quality and reliability of software products. Validating the software against user requirements and conducting various tests, helps identify and address errors, thereby contributing to the successful delivery of high-quality software.

If you are looking for a reliable tool to test your product, we recommend Wetest Automation. It specializes in game and mobile software testing and delivers efficient and high-quality results that meet your satisfaction.

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