Studying for the Exams
and Tools to Help Prepare
STICK TO THE BASICS
Don’t over-think the questions or be distracted by the way something is done in a specific office. The purpose of the exam is to protect public health, safety and welfare by demonstrating certified interior designers are qualified and competent in those areas. There are no tricks or hidden agendas.
EXPERIENCE COUNTS A LOT
The NCIDQ Exam tests the application of facts as they relate to public health, safety and welfare. It is practice-based, so the best preparation is well-rounded experience in a diversity of practice areas.
As the author and administrator of the NCIDQ Exam, CIDQ does not teach the exam or offer advice on coursework to take in preparation for it. However, CIDQ does provide information on study groups, as a service to NCIDQ candidates, when such notices become available to CIDQ staff. Below, you can find a list of interior design association chapters who offer NCIDQ study sessions on a regular basis. CIDQ cannot validate the usefulness of such study groups, nor guarantee the availability of study groups in any specific region or time frame.
In addition, outside companies have developed study tools for the exams. CIDQ does not review or endorse any outside company's exam prep resources and is not responsible for content found in those materials. Outside test prep providers are not involved in any way with developing or scoring this exam.
EXAM BLUEPRINTS (CONTENT OUTLINES):
All NCIDQ Exams in the fall/October 2020 administration will reference the current/spring exam blueprints, below.
The updated blueprints will be implemented in 2021.
EXAM BUILDING CODES:
CIDQ has created and uses a specific, independent set of NCIDQ Exam Building Code Requirements for the purpose of taking the Practicum Exam. Exam exercises will be graded for compliance with these specific code requirements.
This list contains resources used in the creation and development of the NCIDQ Examination. CIDQ would like to thank IDEC for their assistance in updating our reference list, as well as Fairchild Books for their donation of select texts.
EXAM PRACTICE QUIZZES:
Test your readiness and prepare for the NCIDQ multiple-choice Exam Sections, by taking a practice quiz.
The Practicum Small Commercial Quiz ($75) provides 40 questions (same as the case study of the Practicum Exam) and mirrors what a candidate might experience during the exam. Each quiz is a single-use, one time only exam, and can only be completed once per purchase. If the quiz is repurchased, the content will remain the same but the questions may be reordered.
When ready to take the Practicum Small Commercial Quiz, please allocate 90 minutes to this effort, as once started, the quiz must be completed in its entirety.
Users will receive an immediate score result at the end of each quiz. This score report is a breakdown of the number of questions answered correctly and the number answered incorrectly; specific feedback on each item is not provided at this time.