Re: Quick Test vs Slow Test
There are beginner/intermediate/advanced classes at my dojo (Yoshinkan affiliated), and we have a decent-sized student body and consistent influx of beginners. The obvious advantage of ranking, therefore, is moving past the fundamentals and working with more experienced aikidoka.
Before I signed on, I tried out another, smaller dojo of mixed rank classes. I was with them for about a month. The style of training didn't suit me very well, as I felt like I wasn't focused enough in terms of what I was learning. (They were a fine bunch of folks, though, no mistake.) Someone who is more suited to that type of learning environment, I could definitely see taking their time.