Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam, Print (Paperback)

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Copyright: 2013
Page Count: 656
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • David Kent Ballast, FAIA, NCIDQ-Cert. No. 9425

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    David Kent Ballast, FAIA, CSI, NCIDQ Certification No. 9425, owns Architectural Research Consulting, a firm offering information and management services to architects, interior designers, and the construction industry. Mr. Ballast taught interior construction and other courses at Arapahoe Community College for over 20 years. A licensed architect in the state of Colorado, Mr. Ballast has written many books on design topics.



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    Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam, Print (Paperback), 6th Edition

    Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam offers a comprehensive review of all NCIDQ content areas to help you pass the NCIDQ Examination IDFX, IDPX, as well as the Practicum.

    NCIDQ Exam Sections

    The two multiple-choice sections of the NCIDQ Examination are available in a computer-based format:

    • Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX) is available to individuals who meet NCIDQ’s education requirements, regardless of years of experience.

    • Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX) requires individuals to meet both education and experience requirements.

    The Practicum requires candidates to design solutions for several design problems.

    Click here to review the NCIDQ Exam Eligibility Requirements.

    Interested in a prep course for the NCIDQ® IDFX, IDPX, or Practicum? Click here to learn more.

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    • Purchase the print Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam and get the E-Book version for $50.

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    Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam is the most comprehensive exam review for the NCIDQ exam. Its intuitive organization and clear explanations help you quickly understand common interior design concepts. The extensive index contains thousands of terms, and can be previewed by clicking here.

    Prepare to Pass the NCIDQ Exam

    • Study guidelines, exam tips, and tables throughout the book simplify your exam preparation

    • More than 200 figures illustrate common design details in both SI and U.S. measurements

    • Over 3,000 index entries help you quickly find key interior design terms and topics

    Exam Content Areas Covered

    • Design Concepts and Programming

    • Design Constraints

    • Building Systems and Construction

    • Research, Analysis, and Selection of Products and Details

    • Communication and Documentation

    • Project and Business Management

    What's New for the Sixth Edition

    • Revised to focus on IDFX, IDPX, and the Interior Design Practicum.

    • Updated to incorporate the 2012 International Building Code and 2010 ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines.

    • Organized by content area, with icons that indicate which content areas are covered in each chapter.

    • Expanded coverage of:

    • Acoustics

    • Lighting

    • Seismic restraint for ceilings

    • Barrier-free design

    • Means of egress

    • Sourcing and researching manufacturer's information

    • Building regulations and codes

    • Measurement and drafting

    • Sustainable design

    • Cost estimating and budgeting

    • Project management


    • Finishes

    • Quartz surfacing



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    Customer Reviews (View All - 6)

    Very Good Review by Gabriela
    I liked it the way it was organized. In case you have to study one particular subject, you can go straight to that chapter. (Posted on 8/1/2016)

    Expensive, but worth the money Review by Customer
    Here is a reference from another review that covers this book also:
    I did end up buying the reference manual and the flashcards. I would definitely buy the reference manual again, but not sure the flashcards are necessary. If you study well this way, it is an ok format to drill info in, however most of them are not simple one-answer questions. The answers are lists of several points that you may understand, but will never memorize & be able to rattle off. So essentially, you just read them as a condensed (and selective) version of the book. It can be a good companion if you have lots of extra money to spend on this already incredibly expensive test.
    Also, I just took both multiple choice tests yesterday (IDPX & IDFX) and the amount of info I did NOT need to know what astounding. There were only a very small percentage of questions that actually referenced facts or written procedures. Most of them were crazy scenarios that you just have to use your judgment to know the "best" or "most-correct" answer. Very frustrating!! A few of the straight information questions were not anywhere in the Ballast study material. But as you know, the tests change every season and you will never know which few facts they will ask you - so you had better be familiar with all of them. Every question counts since their grading process is so crazy.

    To expand on this book specifically:
    even though it is quite expensive, it is a good thing to get since it pretty much condenses all of the information you need to know in one place. I did end up reviewing a separate code book, color theory book, ADA regulations & drafting/construction books, BUT the info in this reference manual is probably good enough to get a good handle on all of the areas you will need to know for the test. It is really good on the "theory & design concept" sections and also the Contract Administration, Bidding & Management sections. There are very specific AIA & ASID regulations/guides/sequences to follow that are not always common to everyday practice, so this book did a good job of driving a lot of the important information in. The rest of the chapters have good informational overall review on the detailed stuff (lighting, acoustics, codes, drafting, etc.) however I did find a few discrepancies and saw where they neglected to cover some more detailed scenarios that would have been too difficult to skim. Overall, I think it is enough info to pass the test (if all you needed was to know info - unfortunately its so much more than that!)
    The organization in the front is great. It separates the information you need to know by each section and each test and it gives you the weighted percentages that pertain to each test section. That can help you prioritize facts and study time. I did find that the organization of the Project and Business Management stuff was a little confusing at first. It is not chronological, but after you read it through a couple times and make your own notes, it makes sense. (Posted on 5/5/2015)

    Great book for the NCIDQ Review by MINGDA
    It is easy to read and it is very helpful. (Posted on 1/28/2015)