Types of Performance Tests

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

In order to achieve the best from your performance tests, you can combine a few testing types that available under the term “Performance”, a good and effective combination will lead to better and more precise results.

Please note, that for this post I will list each type of test, with a very short description (but I promise to create a dedicated article for each one of them). 

Types of Performance tests


Spike Tests

Testing the software with sudden overloads, the main goal is to validate that the software can handle situations where there is a sudden jump in the user activity.

Reliability / Endurance / Soak Tests

Testing the system with different loads for a long period of time, the main goal is to see that the system can handle sustained use for a long period of time.

Load Tests

Testing the software with an increasing set of data (Near to the software limitation), the main goal is to see that the software can handle such loads without having any side effects (unexpected crashes, memory leaks, bottlenecks Etc.).


Scalability Tests

Testing the software performance while increasing the volume of users/environment and determine how the software will adjust to the growing scale.

Stress Tests

Testing the software under load that exceeds the system limitation, the main goal is to cause system failures,  analyze the crash, and determine the way that the software recover in case of such failure.


Fail-Over/fault-tolerance Tests

Testing that the software corresponding to failures while involving two or more physical nodes, in this type of test, we need to validate that in case of failure the users can continue with their work, and the application data/services are moved to the available “Active” node.


Redundancy Tests

Testing the application redundancy mechanism in case of load, the main goal is to determine the effectiveness of the balancing system. 


Volume Tests

Testing the application with different amounts of data, the main goal here is to understand the limits of our application and demonstrate how a specific amount of data can affect the predefined requirements.


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