I realize most of the clubs don't test, although I've heard of some very large organizations who do have evaluations. What I'm curious about is how formal are promotions at your school. One of the things I love about BJJ, at least in my school, is the LACK of pretention. Most of us white belts have black tape wrapped around to make up the black area. And then when we're given a stripe, we're brought up in front of the class and our instructor literally pulls a piece of white athletic tape off the roll and wraps it around your belt. Higher belts are purchased with the black area, but the stripes continue to be pieces of tape. How does it work in other schools? I think our organization is smaller. Lotus Club BJJ is good, but certainly not as prestigious as a club with Gracie or Machado in the name.