Kyu Testing Policy (under black belt)
- To be qualified for giving tests for brown belt and up, the main testers should have taught students at that level before or helped grade at least two tests at that level.
- A committee of two (2) qualified instructors will be able to test up to 2-degrees under the rank of the highest ranking instructor, with at least one Shodan on the committee.See the following guideline for testers vs- rank testing:
- Black Belt can test and promote up to Green Belt
- Shodan can test and promote up to 2 Brown Stripes
- Nidan can test and promote up to Brown Belt
- Sandan can test and promote up to 2 Black Stripes
Note: See above Dan Testing Policy for Dan ranks.
- Testers must test all required elements.
- Testers must complete test within the allotted time.
- Do not overemphasize any one facet of the requirements.
- Once students have demonstrated proficiency in a particular requirement, testers must move on to the next requirement.
- If the student does not appear to pass a certain segment, testers must not overemphasize their lack of ability, thus preventing the student from being too discouraged.
- Only repeat certain requirements over and over if you are unsure about the student’s performance for the test results.
- “Drill sergeant” approach must be eliminated.
- Positive input and comments should occur even in a non-passing situation.
- Failing students should be the last resort, however when necessary, the student’s instructor should be present when the results are given. Note: Pass or Fail for 1 Black Stripe and higher (No Probation with exception of Board Breaking and Late Paper).
- Grade the student on overall performance. Passing/probation should not be based on any one (1) particular requirement.
- Testers should have an outline prepared prior to the test and share that outline with their assistants.
- Testers should allow their assistants to run a portion (s) of the test. Part of being an Assistant Tester is learning how to give a test. It is the experienced testers responsibility to critique their assistants and give them insight on how to give a test and grade a test.