Become an Artist >> Browse Articles >> Art Careers >> Interior Design


Interior Designers: Tips to Pass the NCIDQ Exam!

Interior Designers: Tips to Pass the NCIDQ Exam!

Diana Mahoney | The Design Partner

5 Sources to Review for the NCIDQ Exam

• The NCIDQ Exam includes content relevant to the practice of interior design. Experience working in the field is the most beneficial preparation for the exam. Review of interior design resources such as:

1. Industry-standard forms and documents issued by the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Design Association is necessary as well. Staying current with

2. Trade journals, magazines and product manuals makes sense for interior designers; technical information from these sources may be applicable to exam questions and practicum scenarios. Understanding of

3. Building codes is a requirement of interior designers and tested on the exam; review International Building Code, Life Safety Code of the National Fire Protection Association and National Building Code of Canada, 2005 edition. Exam candidates should have working knowledge of

4. Government-regulated interior design standards related to the health, welfare and safety of individuals such as the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines and Architectural Barriers Guidelines, American National Standards Institute and Environmental Protection Agency Standards and Practices.

5. A categorical listing of books is listed on the NCIDQ website for reference; a majority of the multiple choice questions written for the exam are developed from these industry-known books.

• Practice, Practice, Practice Schedule your studying; be consistent – never cram

• Form a study group; discussing exam content with others helps solidify understanding

• Develop studying strategies: flash cards, read to understand NOT memorize

• Practice free-hand drawing; CAD is not an option on the NCIDQ Exam

• Utilize the sample practicum exam available from NCIDQ (check website for details)

• Understand your own strength areas and weak areas – study accordingly

• Develop a steady pace for answering questions: multiple-choice and solution-based

• Practice any pre-exams using freehand

Next: Know What to Bring →

Find the right campus or online art or design program for you!