Do you have any specific rituals and prep work that you do for an exam? rituals- We have a three hour drive for our exams. This means getting up pretty early for the drive. There is a specific stop that we make every time down, and we go to the same pizza place to celebrate after every exam. We also pretty much make the same pit stop on the way back from every exam as well. prep- For our gups- I run at least one simulated exam about two weeks out to give the gups a feel for what they need to work on come test time. For dans- I stress that they view a 1 year window of prep time for exams. This means upping their training for that period. In that year, I give the dans more leeway to work on their own(i.e. less instruction time) and I make sure that they are to demonstrate their knowledge weekly in front of the class. We have a specific program for first dan candidates that we started recently. How about you? Lucky doboks? that sort of thing.