Yeah I went through all of that.
You see, I’m an actuary. This profession has a similar association in charge of our certifications, except instead of 1 exam, we have to pass a series of 10 exams.
They provide study aides and a syllabus – but most people taking the exams don’t really touch any of these. Third parties, usually Ph.D.’s and professionals in the industry write separate study manuals for the exam.
There’s something about “associations” that makes the material they provide completely ridiculous to digest. The community therefore works together to create material that can be learned and digested in a much more efficient fashion.
This is the kind of stuff I was looking for. I wasn’t sure if this profession/certification would have such study manuals, so I figured I’d ask.