A test case is a key unit in Software testing. A test case is a set of actions performed on a system to determine if it matches software requirements and different features work correctly. Test engineers execute test cases as a guide of step-by-step instructions to do the verification and validation as a testing service.
Test step vs test case
What is the difference between test case and test step, how do you think? There is a standard test case format, and test steps are an important component of test cases. Test steps control the execution flow of the test case. Each step performs a simple action.
For instance, test steps for login into an email server might include these steps:
- open email server web page
- enter username
- enter password
- click the “Enter” or “Login” button
So, test steps in a test case are the core building blocks of functional tests. Each test step is acertain user action on any software application. And it is important to provide complete steps and expected results.
Simple steps explaining how a test was conducted through a step by step process. They are critical in reproducing bugs.
How many steps should contain a one test case
There is no fixed number of limits. The quantity of the test steps depends on the context. Write clear and simple test steps. But if you see more than 10 test steps in one manual test case, we recommend re-evaluating the test case. Might be possible test case is too detailed. You should cut it. The other is, that you should split up its functionality on a few tests to avoid confusion. More tips here
Easier maintenance of tests using test steps
Often the Test scenarios require that some test steps, pre-conditions or post-actions of test cases are repeated during a testing cycle. Just copying this content between test cases. To an extent, this is avoidable using reusable test case steps. Reusable, meaning the test case step can be reused to successfully perform the test case again in the future.
It is possible to declare steps in testomat.io steps database and paste them by calling them in the mark-down editor. Reusing test case steps can eliminate the need to repeat and write every time the same test steps. Reusable test steps are aimed to improve the maintainability of the Test Management app and improve QA efficiency.
However, it is possible to create more complex behavior by using conditional branching, variables and calling it together into test cases.
Steps database to design a test case
Describe the test steps and add them on the special Steps menu on the dashboard. Create a steps database that will describe application actions. Then quickly create test cases using built-in auto-suggestion and auto-completion features.
There are available sorting and searching. You can see the number of tests certain test step is used. Unlike snippets, changes in the steps will not be reflected in these test cases.
Steps database benefits