you know just for shits and grins i thought I would get on youtube and look at how other people did on their first aikido test. I have to say it is not really all that bad. I think I feel more comfortable about testing now.
It's easy to imagine something is much more difficult and scary than it really is isn't it?
Something I think is useful for any beginner to do is go watch tests at you own dojo before you have tested the first time yourself, if at all possible.
You'll see how the whole testing situation is run, what people do, where they sit, when to bow. And how other people do at their tests. And hopefully find out that the whole situation is less intimidating than the idea of it sounds.