Shotcrete is a placement method for concrete. So, standard concrete tests for shrinkage are applicable. You will find an article from Shotcrete magazine, “Shotcrete Testing—Who, Why, When, and How,” helpful. Here’s a link to the archived PDF of the article ( The specific section on drying shrinkage tests says:

“Drying shrinkage of the shotcrete can be tested using general provisions of ASTM C157. Because the shotcrete is shot into a large panel and not into the relatively small mold specified by ASTM for the shrinkage test beam, it is recommended that a beam approximately 11.25 in. (285 mm) in length be sawed from a test panel. As most shotcrete uses coarse aggregate less than 1 in. (25 mm), a 3 in. (75 mm) thick panel with a 3 in. (75 mm) wide cut should approximate the ASTM requirements. The A/E should specify in the contract documents drying shrinkage limits that are appropriate for the design of the structure.”