Re: what makes a test great
I think focus and control are very important. I remember being an uke for a black belt test 3 or so years ago as a sister dojo. The guy had no control and my elbow ended up being tweaked for several weeks.
I would rather see a slower technique that had total control than a faster and sloppy test. We usually give people a break on the first test (7th Kyu at my dojo) due to testing anxiety (when we ask someone to test, we already know they can pass).