It's a problem, Dchan. Part of the problem is trying to keep any manual both current and complete. The reality is that each new manual should be viewed as an ADDITION to those that came before. Skiing, and ski teaching, really don't change just because a new manual comes off the press. The best teachers just add new tools to their repertoires, keeping what's good from the "past," and continuing the learning process. The past is, and always will be, important and relevant, even as we grow and improve on it!
I know that this represents a huge problem for new instructors. But my own feeling is that, because good ski instruction hardly comes from a manual anyway, mastering any manual should represent only the bare minimum baseline of knowledge needed to pass an exam.
In other words, here in the Rocky Mountain Division, you need a score of "6" out of a possible "10" to pass any section of the exam. In a perfect exam, someone who has diligently and thoroughly studied the current manuals, but has no additional knowledge, should PASS--barely--with a score of "6"! 7's, 8's, 9's, and 10's represent knowledge, experience, and talent beyond the required minimum, and OFTEN beyond the scope of the basic manual.
Not everyone agrees with my philosophy, though. Many think that, like a college course, if you master the "required material," you should be able to attain a perfect score. But I think certification exams are very different from college courses. Ski instruction is a job, a profession, where talents, skills, passion, life experiences, and expertise from a broad range of specialized fields all combine to enhance one's ability to be an effective instructor. People with advanced degrees or experience in psychology, education, physics, history, and so on, and people whose explorations extend beyond the current manuals, should have an opportunity in the exam to demonstrate and be rewarded for their expertise in these areas, beyond and above the "required minimum." But those who have mastered the minimum material--the current manual--SHOULD be able to pass.
A final note--remember that the new Alpine Manual is indeed BRAND NEW. Most written tests predate the manual. In the Rocky Mountain Division, we have intentionally avoided adding any questions to the written test that are specific to or exclusively from the new Alpine Manual. We will phase in the new manual next season. But I will still be reluctant to completely remove all references to the rich, if confusing, history of skiing and teaching! In my opinion, if it's a question that a student could conceivably ask an instructor, then it is fair game for a written test!
But my opinion is not universally popular in this respect!