A Course in Black Box Software Testing

Examples of Test Matrices

See lecture notes on test matrices.

Copyright (c) Cem Kaner, 2004

A matrix is a concise organizer of simple tests, especially useful for function tests and domain tests. It groups test cases that are essentially the same. For example, for most input fields, you’ll do a series of the same tests, checking how the field handles boundaries, unexpected characters, function keys, etc.


To create a test matrix, you will have to:

The following examples demonstrate the use of test matrices:


Copyright (c) Cem Kaner 2004

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These notes are partially based on research that was supported by NSF Grant EIA-0113539 ITR/SY+PE: "Improving the Education of Software Testers." Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.