I know what you are saying...but here is an example. I have heard many times on these boards that a student going up for an exam and failing reflects badly on the instructor. I also seem to hear intimations that people generally don't fail tests. To me this suggests a little too much of a rubber stamp. If its a test, I should fail if I don't meet the instructor's standard for me. I can go with the standard for me being just that...a personalized test for me relative to a combination of the overall dojo standard and the improvement my instructor wants to see from my last test. But there should indeed be some standard, and if I don't meet it, I should fail. And the failure (at least in my mind) and how I deal with it would simply be a part of my training.