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NCIDQ Exam Prep

Comprehensive study materials for all three NCIDQ exams, including the IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC sections.

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To be a certified interior designer, you must take and pass all three sections of the NCIDQ exam. NCIDQ certification is the industry's recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer's commitment to the profession. Through certification, you show a high level of commitment to the interior design profession, proven knowledge of current standards established to protect public health, safety, and welfare, and mastery of aesthetic considerations.

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About the NCIDQ Complete Exam Bundle

Our NCIDQ Complete Exam Bundle thoroughly covers every topic and provides you with all the materials you need.

What’s included

  • Covers all three exam sections: IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC exam content
  • David Ballast’s NCIDQ Interior Design Reference Manual
  • Hundreds of practice problems
  • All-new editions updated to current exam specifications

About the NCIDQ Complete Exam Bundle

Distinguish yourself as a Professional Interior Designer by passing all three NCIDQ exams with study materials from PPI. This Complete Exam Bundle contains all the materials you need to prepare for and pass the NCIDQ Interior Design Fundamental (IDFX), Professional (IDPX) and Practicum (PRAC) exams.

NCIDQ Exam Information:

  • Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX) is a computerized multiple choice exam with 100 scored questions and 25 unscored pilot questions.
  • Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX) is a computerized multiple choice exam with 120 scored questions and 25 unscored pilot questions.
  • Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC) is a computerized interactive exam with three CIDQ case studies

What's Included:

Print or eTextbooks
NCIDQ Fundamentals Practice Questions and Mock Exam
New Edition - Updated to Current IDFX Exam Specifications - NCIDQ Fundamentals Practice Questions and Mock Exam contains 225 exam-like, multiple-choice questions that will help you pass the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX).
NCIDQ Interior Design Reference Manual
New Edition - Expanded Content for Even Better Exam Coverage - Interior Design Reference Manual by David Ballast offers a complete review for all three sections of the NCIDQ Certification exam. This book works in conjunction with division specific practice exams to help you pass every section the first time.
 
The NCIDQ Interior Design Reference Manual features include:
 
  • Complete coverage of content areas for all three sections of the NCIDQ Exam
  • Updated for the IBC 2018 changes included in the exam
  • Over 200 figures in SI and U.S. measurements to illustrate design details
  • Study guidelines, exam tips, and tables to support exam preparation
  • New for this edition - revised and updated content to increase exam specification coverage
NCIDQ Practicum Mock Exam
New Edition - Updated to Current PRAC Exam Specifications - NCIDQ Practicum Mock Exam contains 3 case studies with 120 exam-like problems that will help you pass the NCIDQ Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC).
NCIDQ Professional Practie Questions and Mock Exam

New Edition - Updated to Current IDPX Exam Specifications - NCIDQ Professional Practice Questions and Mock Exam contains 275 exam-like, multiple-choice questions that will help you pass the NCIDQ Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX).

Print Materials
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Organize your exam references using these attractive, durable, and easily customizable crack-and-peel book tabs.
NCIDQ® IDFX Flash Cards is the perfect compliment to your exam study. Easily taken on the go, the cards come with six binder rings for easy organization.
NCIDQ® IDPX Flash Cards is the perfect compliment to your exam study. Easily taken on the go, the cards come with six binder rings for easy organization.

Purchase Options

Complete Bundle: All Three NCIDQ Exam Sections
$539.75
$635.00

Our NCIDQ Complete Exam Bundle thoroughly covers every topic and provides you with all the materials you need.

What’s included

  • Covers all three exam sections: IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC exam content
  • David Ballast’s NCIDQ Interior Design Reference Manual
  • Hundreds of practice problems
  • All-new editions updated to current exam specifications

About the NCIDQ Complete Exam Bundle

Distinguish yourself as a Professional Interior Designer by passing all three NCIDQ exams with study materials from PPI. This Complete Exam Bundle contains all the materials you need to prepare for and pass the NCIDQ Interior Design Fundamental (IDFX), Professional (IDPX) and Practicum (PRAC) exams.

$539.75
$635.00

 

About the NCIDQ Mock Exam Bundle

The NCIDQ Mock Exam Bundle offers complete practice for all three sections of the NCIDQ Certification exam. This practice bundle works in cohesion with the NCIDQ Interior Design Reference Manual by David Ballast, to help you pass each division the first time. Every item in this practice bundle has been updated to current NCIDQ exam specifications.

In this bundle, you will receive:

  • 225 exam-like practice questions for the IDFX exam with NCIDQ Fundamentals Practice Questions and Mock Exam
  • 275 exam-like practice questions for the IDPX exam with NCIDQ Professional Practice Questions and Mock Exam
  • 120 exam-like case study questions for the PRAC exam with NCIDQ Practicum Mock Exam
  • Over 400 flash cards for IDFX and IDPX formatted in both question/answer formatting and answer/question formatting to help increase problem solving speed

What's Included:

Print or eTextbooks
NCIDQ Fundamentals Practice Questions and Mock Exam
New Edition - Updated to Current IDFX Exam Specifications - NCIDQ Fundamentals Practice Questions and Mock Exam contains 225 exam-like, multiple-choice questions that will help you pass the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX).
NCIDQ Practicum Mock Exam
New Edition - Updated to Current PRAC Exam Specifications - NCIDQ Practicum Mock Exam contains 3 case studies with 120 exam-like problems that will help you pass the NCIDQ Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC).
NCIDQ Professional Practie Questions and Mock Exam

New Edition - Updated to Current IDPX Exam Specifications - NCIDQ Professional Practice Questions and Mock Exam contains 275 exam-like, multiple-choice questions that will help you pass the NCIDQ Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX).

Print Materials
NCIDQ® IDFX Flash Cards is the perfect compliment to your exam study. Easily taken on the go, the cards come with six binder rings for easy organization.
NCIDQ® IDPX Flash Cards is the perfect compliment to your exam study. Easily taken on the go, the cards come with six binder rings for easy organization.

Purchase Options

NCIDQ Mock Exam Bundle
$340.00
$400.00
$340.00
$400.00

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$149 Monthly
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  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Courses and Lessons
  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Study Guide and Quizzes
  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Practice Tests
  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Workshops
  • Work Experience Assessment
  • Daily Study Schedule
  • VIP Study Group for Q&A with mobile app
  • Live & Recorded Office Hours and Chats
  • Answer Vault: Recorded Audio/Video Q&A

4-Month Premium Access

$751 / 4-Months

4-month fixed membership includes choice of textbook.

  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Courses and Lessons
  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Study Guide and Quizzes
  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Practice Tests
  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Workshops
  • Work Experience Assessment
  • Daily Study Schedule
  • VIP Study Group for Q&A with mobile app
  • Live & Recorded Office Hours and Chats
  • Answer Vault: Recorded Audio/Video Q&A
  • Plus, your choice of textbook

12-Month Premium Access

$1788 $1490 / 12-Months

Upgrade to 12-month access and get 2 free months.

  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Courses and Lessons
  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Study Guide and Quizzes
  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Practice Tests
  • IDFX, IDPX, & PRAC Workshops
  • Work Experience Assessment
  • Daily Study Schedule
  • VIP Study Group for Q&A with mobile app
  • Live & Recorded Office Hours and Chats
  • Answer Vault: Recorded Audio/Video Q&A

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Exam Details for the NCIDQ Exam

NCIDQ certification is the industry's recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer's commitment to the profession. To earn certification, qualified interior designers can apply to take the NCIDQ Examination. After CIDQ approves their eligibility, candidates register for each of the three sections of the exam and must pass each section within a specified time-frame. The exam is continually updated to ensure it aligns with the most current professional knowledge necessary to design spaces that are innovative, functional, and safe. The three separate sections of the NCIDQ Exam are: the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), the Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC).

NCIDQ Exam FAQs

The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) administers the NCIDQ Exam. CIDQ, which is composed of regulatory boards from across the United States and Canada, takes seriously its responsibility to protect the public. Accordingly, CIDQ specific education and work experience requirements exist to be eligible to sit for the NCIDQ Examination. You must have official education transcripts must include a minimum of 60 semester or 90 quarter credit hours of post-secondary interior design coursework that encompasses a certificate, degree, or diploma from an accredited institution to be eligible. Plus you must have 'experience'; Which is: up to 1,760 hours of interior design work experience, earned prior to graduation. Regardless, CIDQ also warns that meeting CIDQ's education and work experience requirements does not guarantee that a candidate will meet their jurisdiction's requirements to be a licensed  interior designer. Individuals are reminded to check with their jurisdiction regarding those specific requirements.
The Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC) exams are scored by computer.  Scores are reported on a scale ranging from 200 (0 correct) to 800 (all correct), with the passing point anchored at 500. Results for each exam are processed within 6-8 weeks of the close of the window. Candidates who sat for the exam will receive an email notification once the score has been processed and is available to view in MyNCIDQ. CIDQ takes this time to guarantee that all scores are fair and accurate.

In collaboration with interior designer practitioners, educators, and testing professionals, CIDQ has set a passing point (or cut score) for each NCIDQ Exam. Meeting the passing standard for all three exam sections and achieving NCIDQ certification demonstrates that a candidate is competent to practice in a way that protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  The passing point does not change based on your location, the number of candidates taking the exam, or the performance of other candidates taking the exam.

Please look at this infographic by CIDQ for further information 

The Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX) covers eight distinct areas that capture the core competencies of interior design: 

  • Programming and Site Analysis
  • Relationship between Human Behavior and the Designed Environment
  • Design Communication Techniques
  • Life Safety and Universal Design
  • Interior Building Materials and Finishes
  • Technical Specifications for Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment and Lighting
  • Construction Drawings, Schedules, and Specifications
  • Professional Development and Ethics

The Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX) covers seven distinct areas that capture the core competencies of interior design: 

  • Project Assessment and Sustainability
  • Project Process, Roles, and Coordination
  • Professional Business Practices
  • Code Requirements, Laws, Standards, and Regulations
  • Integration with Building Systems and Construction
  • Integration of Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment
  • Contract Administration

The Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC) covers four distinct areas that capture the core competencies of interior design: 

  • Programming, Planning, and Analysis
  • Code Requirements, Laws, Standards, and Regulations
  • Integration with Building Systems and Construction
  • Contract Documents
For more detailed information on topics for this divisional exam, please visit the CIDQ website.
The NCIDQ exam is administered by the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) - the certifying organization for interior design professionals.

The NCIDQ exam is divided into three sections:

  • Interior Design Fundamentals Exam (IDFX),
  • Interior Design Professional Exam (IDPX), 
  • Interior Design Practicum Exam (PRAC), 
all administered by computer and machine graded. All three exams are available to take throughout the entire months of April and October.

For more detailed information on topics for this exam section, please visit the CIDQ website.
NCIDQ Certification is the industry's recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer's commitment to the profession.

To become a certified interior designer in the United States, you’ll need to take the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam. The NCIDQ is administered by the CIDQ, which stands for Council of Interior Design Qualification, and is currently the only nationally-recognized competency exam for interior design. Obtaining your NCIDQ Certification recognizes your proficiency in interior design principles and your commitment to the profession.

The NCIDQ ensures the safety and wellbeing of the public by requiring that design professionals are held to the highest standards in the industry. The content of the exam represents the foundational knowledge you need to be able to branch out into a specialty design area afterwards. The NCIDQ exam consists of three sections: the Fundamentals Exam (IDFX), the Professional Exam (IDPX), and the Practicum Exam (PRAC). Each section focuses on public health, safety and welfare.