Thanks for the tips here, I passed both exams during last weekend.
The single most important tips I got here is the link to the RUP tutorial posted by Nishant Sahay :
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Indeed, this certification is more about the "Analysis and Design" discipline of RUP than about actual OOAD techniques, especially in test 834. That is a pity, but that is another topic...
Of course, you need to understand basic OOAD concepts first. Honestly I didn't really have many chances to apply them after graduating from university, so I did some revision by reading Applying UML and Patterns, OOAD with Application, and UML Distilled. Read them once, they are all interesting read anyway so it is not a hardship for me at all.
However, even I can disgest 100% of what all these books provide, I don't think I can pass both exams. When I read the sample questions for the first time, what I can only say is What the He!! ??? I didn't even have a clue of what they are asking about.
I didn't have any confidence to take the exam until I found the RUP tutorial posted here. It is not very detailed, but it provide just enough info for these two exams. I had an overview read of the tutorial at a whole, and then drill on the Analysis and Design disipline. I understood the concept, remembered the process, and memorized the input / output artifacts. I really don't like this but this is what it takes to pass these exams.
Another tips I can give is that these exams have a heavy emphasis on the Structured Class. I really don't think it should worth so much attention, but again it is another topic. In UML Distilled, there is only 2 or 3 page about the Composite Structure diagram, which is not enough for these exam. Luckily, OOAD with Application have a more detailed discussion.
[ December 28, 2007: Message edited by: Marc Peabody ]