Testing controllers

Is there any way to test controllers without writing selenium tests? Selenium testing is good, but executing it takes a long time.

Possible example of how do I see it:

class SomeController extends CController {

  public function actionHello() {

    // some complex logic

    $this->render('hello', array('var1' => $var1, 'var2' => $var2));



// and this is a test

class SomeControllerTest extends ControllerTestCase {

  public function testActionHello() {

    $this->assertEquals($this->var1, 'value of var1');

    $this->assertEquals($this->var2, 'value of var2');



It’s just an idea, what do you think about it? Do you test your controller logic? Share your ideas please!