I'm a student pilot for a Private cert. with about 32 hrs of flight time. I'm currently completing the requirements for solo as well as solo X country then I'll have the 3 hours of prep for the checkride left. My goal is to be proficient at or around the 40 hr mark and so far I am on track. However the check ride will be held at an airport that's about 80NM away in a different state (Flight school's choice). So I figure it would be about a 2.5 hour (on the hobbs) return flight in a C150 which by the way includes the instructor so that will be counted as dual (acft is 89/hr, Inst. is 39/hr). The instructor comes along just in case I fail part of the ride we can do the corrections right there then redo that part of the check ride the same day. Figure in the costs for the oral and the practical ($350 (DPE) plus 1.5 hrs of flight time charged as dual because the instructor is on site even though he is not in the plane during the practical) gives $350+$192=$542. Dual flight time to and from the test airport is $320. The practical test then comes out to a minimum of $862 estimated. Somehow that seems excessive but instruct tells me that's how it's done in the business. Really?? Looking for comments. Thanks.