Actually this information i had requested is not for me. Its for my friend. I have done my CSTE already... Money doesnt matter as you say when it comes to education and knowledge improvement. But As my friend is in the entry level of QA she doesnt want to spend so much and take a risk of losing the exam. Hence she wants to do some beginner's course which will be a short term so that she could get an insight on the subject and once she gets a better knowledge a better exam. What is your opinion about going this way? I shall defenitely check the information you have mentioned.
Actually, my advice remains the same. And you might want to suggest to your friend to read this forum. Check out this list; http://www.qaforums.com/Forum26/HTML/000018.html on how the some of rest of us got started.
Have them go to local user conferences also.
It sounds like maybe your freind wants to measure how much they know. Several of the books on QA actually quizes. The one I'm reading right now does. "Software Testing" by Ron Patton.
There are no failures.
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