casing shoe test

1. n. [Well Completions]
A pressure test applied to the formation directly below a casing shoe. The test is generally conducted soon after drilling resumes after an intermediate casing string has been set. The purpose of the test is to determine the maximum pressures that may be safely applied without the risk of formation breakdown. The results of the test are used to design the mud program for the subsequent hole section and to set safe limits on casing shut-in or choke pressures for well-control purposes.