Re: Who deems you ready to test?
Your sensei should let you know when it is time to test and some sempai should tell you how the testing works - but don't count on it. Trust me, don't count on it. I had trained for eight months before I overheard somebody talking about the time cards. We log in our time ourselves and eligibility is determined by time elapsed and hours trained. Everybody assumed that I knew how things worked and I assumed that somebody was keeping an eye on me. It turns out that when you assume...
Or put another way, the only dumb question is the one unasked.