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The testing of crude oils to determine their quality and to assess refining characteristics generally involves two sequential but complimentary series of tests. An inspection analysis as described in this chapter is performed initially to determine a few to numerous whole crude oil properties. This is followed by a detailed comprehensive analysis described in the next chapter that involves distillation of the crude oil into several fractions or cuts that are analyzed to determine their suitability for use or blending into a host of refined products.