Various methods are developed for strengthening reinforced concrete beams against shear. Nowadays, external bonding of various composite members to RC beams was very popular and successfully technique internationally. This study present test results on strengthening of shear deficient RC beams by external bonding of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) straps. Six RC beams with a T section were tested under cyclic loading in the experimental program. Width of the CFRP straps, arrangements of straps along the shear span, and anchorage technique that were applied at the ends of straps was the main parameters that were investigated during experimental study. Inclined CFRP straps were bonded along the shear spans of shear deficient beams for strengthening against shear by using epoxy. Arrangements and width of the inclined CFRP straps were the main parameters that were changed among the specimens. The test results confirmed that all CFRP arrangements improved the strength and stiffness of the specimens significantly. The failure mode, and ductility of specimens were proved to differ according to the CFRP strap width and arrangement along the beam. Experimental results were compared with the analytical approaches that were suggested by ACI-440 Committee report. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.