Our school recently went under the USA Tae Kwon Do banner (the ones that do the US Olympic Team) and one of the changes I have noticed is the testing fee for 1st Dan. It used to be about $100 but now it is $500. The price increase seems a little steep and I wondered if the USA TKD people had a big hand in it. Their website does not show the testing/certification prices. My son is only one rank above me and with the way things were working out timing wise we were going to be going for black belt at the same time next year. At $100 a go we could do it but now that it is $500 I will let him go first and I will hang around at a lower rank for a while. If the instructor asks why I will tell him, "because the testing is so expensive". I have already told him that when he asked why we were not competing in a tournament, it was $70 per person per event!!!