You have worked hard studying for the NCIDQ Exam – practiced drawing for hours, memorized codes and stats.
Your knowledge and skills are ready for the NCIDQ exam, but what about you?
Is your head where it needs to be? Do you have a positive, can-do attitude, or do you have nagging doubts?
Positive Mindset — Tips for Taking the NCIDQ Practicum
Attitude can make all the difference, and be the edge you need.
A positive, can-do attitude will enable you to approach the exam with the right mindset, and help you push through challenges while taking the exam.
Maintain a positive attitude and tell yourself, “I can do this”. Even if you hit a road block, this can make the difference between a passing and a failing grade.
Do: Think positively, stay calm and envision a positive result
When you panic your fight or flight mechanism kicks in, and the brain shuts down – making it impossible to process information and think clearly.
Panic equals fear, and fear overshadows other thoughts or impulses. If you get stuck, move on to another drawing for a bit — sometimes you'll clear your head while working on something else. When you return to the previous task, you'll be able to solve it.
Do: Eat a good breakfast and lunch.
Plan ahead and bring lunch, a snack and know where you plan to eat ahead of time.
Don't rely on having enough time to leave if you're taking the practicum. If your test session starts late, lunch break may be shortened to keep everyone on schedule.
Do: Read these tips
Tips from our Qpractice Members who passed the NCIDQ and also this post with comments from designers who passed the Practicum.
NCIDQ Exam Week Prep
First, checkout the Practicum Registration Guide. Don't take anything that is not listed in this guide. This will help you be prepared, so you can relax.
Pack your toolbox or tote bag a day or two before. If you did not use it in practice, take it out. Carry only what you need to the exam. You don’t need extra weight or stuff to dig through on exam day.
Don't forget your Admission Letter and ID!
Plan to arrive at your testing location at least 1 hour ahead. You'll have some time to set up your workspace before everyone starts.
The name on your admission letter must match the name on your ID. It's also best to have a second ID ready. Be sure you know your control number by heart and are ready to write it on each drawing.
Note: Some Qpractice members received letters without their control number, if yours is missing, look it up now in your MyNCIDQ account and hand write it on your letter.
NCIDQ Exam Practicum Checklist
- Positive can-do attitude 🙂
- Letter of Admission and government issued photo ID with signature matching the name on the letter
- T – Square (you can only use the parallel bar if it's on your own drafting board, any at the testing location will be removed)
- Architect’s Scale
- 90 degree triangle
- Mechanical Pencils or Lead holders with leads/lead pointer
- Drafting dots or drafting tape
- Erasers and refills
- Drafting Brush
- 24” Trace Paper and/or Post-it sticky notes for space planning
- 1/4” Graph paper 18” x 24”
- Illustration board or portable drafting board. If you use a parallel bar on your board, you can take that. If testing at a center that has drafting tables, please be aware that it will be removed – take a straight edge or T-square.
- Plastic garbage bag (if you do not have a case for your board)
- 1/8″ door swing template
- 1/4” door swing template
- 1/4” plumbing template
- 1/4” furniture/shape template, circles, square and rectangles
- Watch or travel clock or silent timer (check your battery)*
- Simple function calculator (Use solar or check your battery)*