You are required to read and agree to the below before accessing a full-text version of an article in the IDE article repository.

The full-text document you are about to access is subject to national and international copyright laws. In most cases (but not necessarily all) the consequence is that personal use is allowed given that the copyright owner is duly acknowledged and respected. All other use (typically) require an explicit permission (often in writing) by the copyright owner.

For the reports in this repository we specifically note that

  • the use of articles under IEEE copyright is governed by the IEEE copyright policy (available at
  • the use of articles under ACM copyright is governed by the ACM copyright policy (available at
  • technical reports and other articles issued by M‰lardalen University is free for personal use. For other use, the explicit consent of the authors is required
  • in other cases, please contact the copyright owner for detailed information

By accepting I agree to acknowledge and respect the rights of the copyright owner of the document I am about to access.

If you are in doubt, feel free to contact

TDCM: A Test Design Cognitive Model

Publication Type:



In response to the need for a better understanding of the test creation process, this work explores the cognitive underpinnings used by testers in the test design phase. To accomplish this goal, this study proposes an approach for characterising test design techniques by linking the test goal with the argumentation of why the test is created and how the test cases are moved from the problem domain to test implementation. This model is centered around our observation that test design can be viewed as a problem solving process. In order to describe this process, we need to understand the cognitive processes associated with test design. The model contains the arguments and reasons for creating tests as well as the evidence needed to satisfy each goal.


author = {Eduard Paul Enoiu},
title = {TDCM: A Test Design Cognitive Model},
month = {January},
year = {2020},
url = {}