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What is User Acceptance Testing?

 , March 07, 2016
User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is release testing by stakeholders such as a project sponsor or test analysts representing stakeholders. As the term suggests, the outcome of testing determines whether stakeholders accept that work has been completed to requirements.
User interfaces are used to perform UAT tests. Tests usually focus on functional or behavioral requirements. Test cases are prepared from requirements before testing begins.
When a non-conformance to specifications is found, it is documented as a defect. Defects are linked to requirements and can't result from undocumented expectations.
User acceptance is typically achieved when the majority of high priority defects have been fixed and retested. Minor defects that are difficult to fix are often deferred until after launch. This decision typically lies with the project sponsor or executive stakeholders of a project. It should be noted that other types of testing such as non-functional testing, operational testing and security testing are also criteria in the decision to launch.
Overview: User Acceptance Testing
TypeAcceptance Testing
DefinitionTesting from a user perspective to determine if a release meets requirements.
Related ConceptsAcceptance Testing
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