I have to agree gojuman59. I chased it till I got to blue belt and then realized I was only as good as what I tested for. It wasn't until than that I became better at all the other stuff.
For me, testing is nothing more than "spot" checking; only looking it a portion of what is being taught. I didn't want to be just good at the tested material; that would never serve me in real life.
"IF I COME ... I'M BRINGING THE PAIN WITH ME"