Well, CDC, as it happens, the materials I still have on order (thanks to PSIA taking its time to fill orders) are useless, teh test as it turned out is based on the old alpine manual, bob's book, and the study guide. It's easy to be prepared, so long as you know what you have to do and when you have to do it, and with what. Sadly, this kind of info is hard to come by here.
One kind of stumbles upon it.
My incredibly helpful PSIA person here (Michelle) handed me the old alpine manual on the morning of the test, and upon reading the test, realised that Bob's book and that manual appeared to be enough, fingers crossed! Used the whole 3 hours, mainly so I could go back and check/change stuff.
what they didn't tell us is the test is full of silly jokes, I wasn't the only one letting out sudden guffaws. I suspect Bob had a hand in that.
For instance, a knee joint might be a gliding wedge! And I'm saving up the following phrase for using in the closing phase of a lesson: "remember, a ski pole has a shaft and a tip, which do you want to give me"?
The old guys in the locker room are always experimenting with ever more outrageous ways to generate tips, I can't wait to try that one on them!
(that was actually an option for what you do in the closing part of a lesson! I wonder if anyone ever chooses it?).
As for tips, actually I haven't been to the bank in weeks, the customers are being very kind indeed.