A user test (also known as a usability test) is a straightforward method used to assess the quality of an animation. Users (both teachers and learners) are placed in typical usage scenarios. By observing and engaging in dialogue, comprehension and application issues are identified.

User tests often provide valuable feedback for developers. Feedback is crucial because animations help overcome critical factors in the learning process. What constitutes critical factors can vary from person to person. Due to frequent engagement with their own product, developers risk becoming unaware of potential usability issues and design flaws over time.