The first Test is a cue or trigger that begins the strategy. It establishes the criteria “fed forward” and used as a standard for the second test.

The Operation accesses data by remembering, creating, or gathering the information required by the strategy from the internal or external world.

The second Test is a comparison of some aspect of the accessed data with the criteria established by the first test. The two things compared must be represented in the same representation system.

The Exit, or Decision Point, or Choice Point is a representation of the results of the test. If there is a match, the strategy exits. If there is a mismatch, the strategy recycles.

The strategy may recycle by:
• Changing the outcome or redirecting the strategy.
• Adjusting the criteria, chunking laterally, or reorienting.
• Refining or further specifying the outcome.
• Accessing more data.