Thank you for your reply.
Please excuse my ignorance, I am currently a student and this is my first year with MySQL, so unfortunately I am still learning and trying to make sense of it all.
I thought that because I do not receive a "Could not connect to server / database", that the connection is error free.
The 1 to 6 characters password is what is required for this assignment and not for a real system, luckily.
Thank you for your advice, I will study it and implement it.