We're talking about Rigging, Novice, and Junior tests.
This is a self-evaluation system for the dinghy tests: rigging, Novice, and Junior. For each test, it shows you what's covered and allows you to rate yourself and track your progress. You go here (you have to be logged in to use this link). Then you select the test, and you'll see a list of items covered with the opportunity to rate yourself on each (either Y/N or 1 through 5, depending on the item). There is also a question asking you whether you're ready for the test. If you answer yes, a request is posted on the Testers' Bulletin Board. A tester will then contact you for the test.
For the Junior test, you can and should get a recommendation from an instructor who has sailed with you. When testers look at your request, they will see this recommendation. This will help the testers get a better sense of who is ready for the test, and it will help you get a test quicker.
Use the self-evaluation to see when you're ready and make sure to get instruction and feedback on the more difficult Junior maneuvers (docking, COB, and small circles). When you think you're ready, ask your instructor for feedback and a recommendation.
Note that Novice tests are harder to get during the Summer, as testers are consumed giving Junior tests and members should be focused on the Junior rating. At other times of the year, winds are lower and Junior tests may not be possible very often, so we emphasize the Novice rating more then.
Note for Dinghy Instructors
Your feedback is really important to your students, all the time, and you are in the best position to evaluate their skills relative to the rating requirements. Your input is also useful to testers deciding whether to honor a test request.
Please encourage your students to use the self-evaluation system, give them honest feedback, and when you think they're ready, post a recommendation. It's pretty simple, and documented here.