There is a written exam to take. This will be in the form of a mixture of answer types: True / False; Multiple choice; text answers and a knowledge of Japanese terms will also be expected. All the questions will be based on what a karateka should know to be a Black Belt. The questions will be taken from information that is on this website. Below is a guide to help you.
The exam should take no more than 30 minutes to complete although you can take up to an hour to complete it. You need to score a minimum of 60% to pass.
The practical part of the exam is to determine whether students are up to the required standard. This should give a good indication to the Chief Instructor, that they will have a good chance in passing. It should also ensure the students that they will not embarrass themselves at the grading because they were not ready.
You will be assessed on your Kihon, Kata and Kumite skills. You need to have an overall score of 60% or more to pass. You will receive feedback which you must take on board prior to the grading.
Grading is not too far away from the assessment, so although you may have passed, I guarantee there are still many things you can work on to improve. Remember: Just because you passed the assessment, that doesn't mean you WILL pass your grading! Listen to the feedback you are given and work on those points that need work. Your paperwork will be completed for you but you will need to provide two passport sized photos.
If this is to be a re-take of the grading you will also need to take your previous Grading Record Form with you.