Sorry to hear that Christie.
In my perfect world I'd like to go to class and my Instructor tosses me a belt when he sees I'm ready as I have proven it time and time again. No tests, no fees just an acknowledgement of proficiency. Time would not necessarily mean anything either. The only time is what I put into it and the more I put into the more proficient I will get.
I hope things work out for you Christie; good luck.
"IF I COME ... I'M BRINGING THE PAIN WITH ME"