ABSTRACT: Practical solutions describing the behavior of a slender beam in pure bending can be found in many text books and international standards. These solutions form the basis of four point bending test analyses. The effects of overhanging beam ends, system damping and moving masses next to the weight of the beam can be included in the solution. However, beam deformation due to shear is often neglected or ignored in the procedures. Also the solutions describe a highly idealized beam in bending.