While I understand your logic, guys, I think of it this way...
If they gave you tons of hints, and step-by-step or even incrementally simpler ideas to work from, they'd decrease the difficulty of things. The idea is to make you think like a hacker, and it's not like they're going to give you ANY "gimme's" on the exam. I can tell you, for instance, that NONE of the machines I compromised in the lab were the same as the exam ones. Similarities, maybe... but not the same. So you're going to be challenged on the exam, too, and there are reasons for that.
This course and exam are NOT for folks who don't want to work for it. I commend you, because I know you both ARE working for it. The simple fact is, though, that if they kept hinting, etc, that takes away from the need to find answers for yourselves, which is what you'll need to do on the exam, and what you'll do in a real-life pentest. I've not been in many real scenarios where I had enough time built into the scope to just start asking others to help me figure it out. (Sure, for areas I'm not as good in, and so I have a team setup, with folks who are skilled in those areas too.)
Point is, if they had too many of the "gimme's", what would separate their course / exam from any of the other security certifications out there? Yes, one difference is that their exam is a practical, hands-on exam. But if they gave you too much help, along the way, then the course might as well be a written exam, as you're then working from more of a 'book knowledge' scenario, rather than a practical thinking one.
Like I said, I understand your thoughts, and at times, I entertained the same. But in the end, after I achieved the goal, it was much more rewarding to me, realizing I had been the one who had to really work, study, research and push myself, to reach the goal.
Here's another example (true story from my life):
I was born with physical defects in both feet, and struggled through my childhood and teen years with pain, walking, as a result. In high school, I was fortunate enough to be chosen by the Shriner's Hospitals, who provided me with foot surgeries on both feet, free of charge to my family, who otherwise, couldn't have afforded them. My senior year, I ran cross-country and track, and wrestled, and felt a feeling of accomplishment from those, under the circumstances that I'd had surgeries as little as 6 months prior, and had NEVER run any distance, before that.
Upon graduation, I set my sights a little higher. 6 months after graduation from high school, I ran the Chicago Marathon. While not any sort of professional runner, my time wasn't even 'competetive', but in the end, I DID complete the race, in the time allowed. Point of the story is, if you're willing to put the time in, and overcome obstacles in your way, you can do things that everyone else wouldn't expect you to do, even if 'everyone' includes yourself.
Overcome challenges, beat the odds, and live life to it's fullest. Don't give up because things are tougher than you'd like, and give your all to achieve your goals. Just as I'd done with the marathon, you can do the same with your OSCP.
Good luck, and as always, keep us posted on how things progress with it, as you keep going after it!
~ hayabusa ~
"All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer,
but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved."
- Sun Tzu, 'The Art of War'
OSCE, OSCP (Former - GPEN, C|EH - both expiring / expired)