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Dynamic element matching (DEM) is an effective approach to achieving good average performance in the presence of major mismatch in matching-critical circuits. This paper presents a deterministic DEM (DDEM) strategy for ADC testing that offers substantial reductions in testing cost. The approach is mathematically formulated and validated with simulation results that show the number of test vectors needed is comparable to what are concurrently used with standard code density linearity testing. It is demonstrated that the DDEM method can be used to accurately test ADCs with linearity that far exceeds that of the DAC used as a signal generator. This technique offers potential for use in both production test and BIST environments where high linearity devices are difficult to test and characterize.