Adam Huss -
"What organization are you associated with (if you feel comfortable saying, maybe you have brethren here that can help)? "
I'd rather not say. I don't feel like it is my place to do so. I will say is that there is some restructuring goin on within the organization. I believe that could be the cause of these issues.
I totally sympathize. Political movement within an organization can be quite frustrating. I definitely experienced that at my karate dojo, and to a lesser extent at my aikido dojo. Its my opinion that one of a dojo cho's responsibilities is to protect his students from organizational politics so they may focus on training. Hopefully that Happens for you. I know how important a shodan test can be. Heck, I prepped for mine by breaking up with a long time girlfriend and being uchideshi for a year. All the best, brother, and hang in there! just keep training.