Pass or Fail

When the opportunity to be graded arises, “belt tests”, I question the idea of a pass fail system. A controversial idea. Instructors  typically believe it would be a healthy way to conduct a test. It is getting less common that a student would be asked to test and be failed. Testing is a part of martial arts and students should be prepared to accept a pass/fail grade system. Why is it so controversial then?

Is a student likely to try harder or train more to do better if they fail a test? Seems logical. Well, maybe not. When I joining my first school I watched others pass and fail tests. It was accepted. It was typically their black belt test that was a fail grade but every student kept coming back. I failed mine more than once.

Is it too late to change? Pass or fail.