Bullshidoka Arguments - No BS MMA and Martial Arts
Specifically, this post:
No BS MMA and Martial Arts - View Single Post - Bullshidoka Arguments
Incidentally, the post is actually mine. The jist of it is that there is no harm in doing so whatsoever.
Also, you noted that regardless of your qualifications, qualifications of your instructor shouldn't be questioned. That is to see that since the instructor is legit, the student is legit. In most cases, this is true, but unfortunately, we've been coming across this problem:
Brandon Quick - 10th Planet Jiujitsu - Fake Brown Belt - No BS MMA and Martial Arts
Its a Sad Day Part 2 - 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Online Training - No BS MMA and Martial Arts
I'm speaking hypothetically here but just as the above threads show, it could be the case where your instructor, trying to expand his organization, is being a bit "lax" on standards. I'm not saying that is the case but it is one of the things that is garnering this thread a lot of attention. You may be a willing/unwilling participant.
It is also one of the reasons why testing tends to be frowned on in BJJ. There are many who feel you are either that rank or you are not. From your previous message, you felt that this was an unacceptable way to learn. On the other side of the coin, there are those who are just plain good at taking tests, regardless of whether they know the material or not.
I personally like this method better because it allows a person's game to development naturally without the added pressure of the whole "it's time for your test, gotta get ready, gotta get prepared, gotta train, gotta study" pressure that comes with it. Trust me, most of us have more on our plate to worry about than that. I can maybe see it as a benefit in your case when your primary instructor is not there to train under consistently so he/she may require additional means such as testing to evaluate you.