Hiroaki Izumi wrote:
The fact that you had to ask this question shows me that you are not ready to grade.
I could not agree more.
Show up. Practice. Go home. Repeat.
If your Sensei spontaneously gave everyone 3 ranks higher than they are now, it would change nothing.
Goals are good to have, but one of them should be to stop pursuing goals.
Good luck, though.
PS- I am in the opposite position; my Sensei wants me to test, but I am hesitant / reluctant / ambivelant. And for what it is worth, it's over a year overdue for shodan. Maybe I am just lazy.....