https://sqe.sra.org.uk/news-item/2022/04/05/an-update-on-sqe-fees-and-using-sqe2-as-an-alternative-to-the-qlts-osce

SQE fees

The SRA has agreed an increase in the candidate fee for the SQE assessment. Across the two exams this means SQE1 will go up from £1,558 to £1,622 and SQE2 from £2,422 to £2,493 (overall increase of 3.4%). This fee rise will come into effect for anyone booking to take the SQE2 in October 2022 and subsequent assessments.

This below-inflation increase will pay for SQE assessment developments such as remote proctoring arrangements. This was an additional requirement following the Covid-19 pandemic. This could be deployed if there were widespread test centre closures, or major restrictions on international travel impacting a large number of candidates.