# Action-Based Testing Guide
ABT is a modular-designed and action-driven test method that provides a systematic approach to incrementally increase the success of automated testing. Modular-design addresses the challenges of test planning and test case management through efficient test organization. Action-driven test development eliminates the majority of the programming work required to automate and maintain tests long-term.
ABT consists of three parts:
- Top-down, modular test planning.
- Test Module development.
- Action-driven test authoring.
# The Test's Language
Most tests consist of a sequence of actions, with action keywords and arguments. Actions are either built-in actions or user-defined actions. User-defined actions are implemented either with action definitions or coded in an automation script. A Gondola action has the following syntax:
action name **<argument 1>** ... **<argument n>**
- The action name tells Gondola which operation to perform.
- The number of action arguments and types depends on the how the action is defined. Arguments can be of many different types such as Strings, Integers, etc.
Example syntax of an enter action:
# Built-in Actions
Gondola includes a library of built-in actions to perform a myriad of functions.
Built-in actions are automatically available with your installation of Gondola. There are several categories of built-in actions:
Test Support actions: Automation control actions, like If and While, and declaratory actions (Test Case, Suite Initial, Suite Final).