The cement Flow Table is intended to be used to determine the flow of hydraulic cement mortars and of mortars containing cementitious materials other than hydraulic cements. While flow is not usually included in hydraulic cement specifications it is commonly used in standard tests that require the mortar to have a water content that provides specified flow level.

The flow table test of cement mortar is done only to calculate the amount of water required for gauging for conducting strength test of masonry cement and for drying shrinkage test of cement. It also gives us some idea on the workability of cement mortar.