Re: what makes a test great
I think a test is all about the demonstration of your ability to work hard to get your aikido to a new level. In my home dojo people practice for months before the actual test. It is not so much about the testing but about the person's effort and desire to improve their Aikido. The best tests, in my opinion, are the ones on which a struggling student works really hard and pushes their own aikido ability up to the level required to pass a test.