This has been bugging me forever.... The exam is just a tiny little step in the process, it is not the end goal. The real goal is to achieve reasonable proficiency at your job, and I wonder how you think preparing for the exams that way adds anything to that process.
This thread is directed at the people who prepare for exams by trying as much as possible not to study the material. I would like to know, from people who have prepared for exams that way, what you think you get out of it that way. Has it prepared you for the work? Do you feel you're a better consultant/developer after passing the test that way? I am honestly interested in learning the reasoning behind this preparation method.