Compressive strength –Using 50mm mortar cubes made by standard sand and cured in prescribed way tests compressive strength of cement. The cubes are tested under a compression-testing machine. The strength of cement varies with time.
Setting time - The initial setting time is the time that passed from the instance of adding water until the pastes ceases to behave as fluid or plastic. Whereas final setting time is referred to the time required for the cement paste to reach the state of hardness to sustain load. Using Vicat apparatus or Gillmore needle tests setting time of the cement.
Normal consistency of cement – consistency of a cement paste basically refers to the ability to flow. The water content in the cement that is at standard point maintaining the wetness is the normal consistency of cement.