Pass the New NCIDQ PRAC 2.0 Exam
so you can move ahead as an Interior Designer.
With Qpractice in your corner, you’ll catapult your career and join the thousands of interior designers who’ve followed our system, passed the PRAC, and are now moving to the next level in their careers and making more money.
Do you dread the possibility of telling people you’ve failed?
Did fear of failing the NCIDQ Practicum keep you from taking the hand drawn exam — and is it still keeping you stuck as a junior designer? Did you hear “horror stories” about even top interior designers bombing, and failing to finish Space Planning?
Now you think you can quit worrying, but what about the new exam format? Will this make the exam easier, or even more difficult?
What is it about the NCIDQ Exam that makes so many talented designers sweat, stumble, and fail?
The new PRAC 2.0 will still be one of the most challenging parts of the NCIDQ Exam. It will test your ability to solve design problems within a very limited amount of time, much less time than you’d have on the job.
You’ll need to answer each question in about 90 seconds or less in order to complete them all. And you'll have a half-day's worth of them.
You’ll need to quickly assess design scenarios to make fast decisions and calculations…all while addressing the technical aspects like compliance with building codes and standards. And you’ll need to know this for all types of design scenarios — for residential, small commercial, and large commercial projects — whether or not you’ve ever worked with these on the job.
In your job or practice, you might not have experience with figuring rentable square footage, calculating wattages, or working with MEP consultants and finding conflicts between your brilliant lighting design and the HVAC system. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be brilliant with the technical and code-regulated parts of design.
You just need a proven, practical system and process to tackle the new PRAC 2.0 Exam. Move through it. Get it over with. And become the designer you were born to be…
You need a guide to take the mystery out of the new PRAC 2.0 Exam, and show you exactly what to focus on.
This fall will be the very first time the new PRAC 2.0 will be administered by computer, a challenge itself.
You might think this change will make the exam easier….but to complete the practicum successfully in this new format, you’ll need to know the same material on the past exam and practice a different way of thinking, of processing information, and completing the questions.
Timing will be everything.
The worst thing you can do is go into the NCIDQ Exam unprepared. It costs you way too much – in time, money, and in lost career advancement – to not get it right the first time.
What you need is FOCUS on the right things.
And the best people to teach you that focus are the designers here at Qpractice. Our team of NCIDQ Certificate holders and licensed designers have been in your shoes, and we have helped thousands of designers like you realize big dreams of interior design mastery… by first and foremost determining where to focus your energy for the exam.
Think about this: This exam is not like any other exam. A big part of passing will be understanding the new format, timing and scoring of the test itself, not just the concepts.
A lot of designers won’t realize that – and they'll lose precious time going into the exam only half prepared, without any practice.
They may study the facts, but miss everything else. Simply reading a book just won't cut it.
“After three tries at the practicum, I was at a loss and running out of time to pass.
I was desperate for a different way to study and Qpractice gave it to me. I was skeptical of the program but was willing to try anything and it worked.
I FINALLY passed the NCIDQ exam! Thank you!”
Amanda Romine Szczublewski
“I'M CERTIFIED! Passed the PRAC on the first attempt. Woot! I am grateful for Qpractice and I have immensely enjoyed studying and talking with everyone here —that's the part I'll miss — but I am glad I won't have to study like that again!
Qpractice is a great way to actually learn the material, rather than memorizing it — I'm forever thankful.”
Introducing the new
The Qpractice Practicum Masterclass
Get access to the same “Secret Weapon” used by the
NCIDQ Certified Interior Designers you want to be
Ever feel like everyone else is in on a secret… and you wish you could be, too?
This is that secret.
Qpractice NCIDQ Exam prep courses have helped literally THOUSANDS of designers walk into the exams with confidence… and pass in a snap, the very first time.
Yes, the very first time.
With really simple video lessons, reading review guides, quizzes, support, tools… and the guidance of an entire design community.
Think about how you’re preparing for the NCIDQ Exam right now.
What do you have now? Books. Other people's notes and old practice drawings. Emails from a colleague who passed the exam, or maybe one that did not do so well.
Those are all just pieces. They’re not part of a comprehensive system designed for the express and single purpose of helping YOU pass the PRAC 2.0 Exam.
Here’s what a comprehensive system includes:
- The ultimate daily study schedule
- A 5-week, step-by-step online training program
- Weekly study plan email reminders
- Qpractice “Live Office Hours” meetings, to answer ALL of your questions about the new exam
- Clear step-by-step systems for each drawing
- A private study group facilitated by NCIDQ certificate holding interior designers
- Unlimited access to NCIDQ Examination Building Code quizzes
- Downloadable slide decks, notes, and worksheets for each lesson, so you can follow along
The combination of live help in our office hours and study groups, a perfectly plotted schedule, and supplemental worksheets are critical to your success.
But here’s where the real life-changing gold is…
Get 3 case studies in the same type of format you'll see on the exam
There’s no mystery to it!
This is the step-by-step system specifically designed for the new computer-based Practicum that teaches you what you need to know (and how to learn) so you can pass the exam.
It includes step-by-step instructions on how to tackle the 3 case studies (large commercial, small commercial, and residential), and how to complete the questions quickly.
You’ll get 5 detailed weekly study modules to walk you step-by-step through the core learning for each case study, including these key scored areas:
- Programming and Site Analysis
- Codes and Standards
- Contract Documents
- Building Systems and Integration
With video lessons, you’ll learn time-saving tips and tricks – and get laser-focused on what matters most for passing the exam.
There's so much useful and proven information in these videos that you’ll know for certain that you’ll be ready for the new PRAC 2.0 Exam.
You'll also get downloads and slides, recommended readings, and building code quizzes.
PLUS! Get answers to all of your most pressing questions 24/7 in your exclusive private study group, or bring your most pressing questions to our Office Hours sessions, and get the answers you need to stay focused and get ready for the exam.
The live Office Hours alone have been known to trigger powerful light bulb moments for our members. Have you been waiting for that A-Ha moment to hit you…?
Reach Your Goals Faster…
with training as flexible as your lifestyle demands
The PRAC 2.0 Masterclass is designed to flexibly fit your lifestyle.
Everything is ready for you online anytime, anywhere you have Internet access – and everything is fully accessible from your tablet or desktop.
You’ll get the course one module per week for 5 weeks – so you’ll never feel overwhelmed, and you can work through the course bit by bit.
As soon as you sign up, you’ll get immediate access to the introduction, the first week’s lesson with quizzes, and one case study. You can dig into those materials and start prepping for the exam right away.
To ensure your success with the exam, you’ll get:
4 Live Office Hours Sessions
Get your most-pressing questions answered and join the discussion with a group of fellow designers. These live sessions are an incredibly popular and useful interactive element of our VIP courses.
Can’t make it live? No problem! If you miss the live session, or just want to do further review, all sessions are recorded and available on-demand.
Building Code Quizzes
Save precious time looking stuff up on exam day by learning the NCIDQ Building Codes inside and out. We make it easy. Take practice quizzes with each lesson.
How To’s & Weekly Study Plan Emails
Email reminders will help you keep on track with reminders and a lesson plan delivered right to your inbox every week.
And get access to these powerful learning tools:
+ 3 Case Study Practice Tests
The new computer-administered exam is organized into 3 case studies that each include a collection of information you’ll use to solve problems and answer questions.
Prepare yourself, and learn how to solve these problems quickly by completing our practice tests. You can take the practice tests as often as you want.
+ BONUS 1: Access to the Practicum Blueprint Express
To help you dig even further into the material, you’ll also get access to the best videos from our previous prep course for the drawing-based version of the exam.
These go into depth about lighting, millwork, accessible restroom design, and other core concepts – and even though this course was based on a previous version of the exam, every bit of the material is still valuable and relevant, because it’s the same content you’ll be tested on in the new exam.
+ BONUS 2: Access to the PRAC 2.0 NCIDQ Sample Exam
Perfect for a quick review along with the module quizzes to see how you’re retaining what you’ve learned.
Even If You’ve Failed the Practicum Exam Before…
Even If You’ve Never Tried But You Don’t Want to Risk It…
See that magic word: “PASS.”
“After 2 failed attempts, I found Qpractice and I passed the Practicum, which was my final one to pass!”
Launch a career as an interior designer…
“I finally passed the Practicum – this was my 3rd try! Thank you Lisa and Qpractice team, you made all the difference this time in my preparation leading up to the exam. I’ve been working towards this goal since graduation, so I cannot stress enough how much this means to me personally as I venture into Interior Design as a career!”
Bite-sized lessons made for an excellent learning experience
“Thank you Qpractice for helping me not only pass the NCIDQ the first try, but passing every section of the Practicum!
I loved the study guides, videos, and worksheets that helped break down the ominous task of the Practicum exam in manageable portions. It helped me stay focused and work at my own pace. I didn’t need to find a study group, or study for hours on end. I studied smart thanks to this program. I’ve already recommended it to all my fellow designers!”
You deserve to be proud of yourself!
“Passed all of the Practicum! Thank you, thank you Lisa and Qpractice. Completed all sections now for accreditation! Wahoo!”
See you in office hours,
Lisa League, NCIDQ
PS: This Qpractice PRAC 2.0 Masterclass is delivered through members-only lessons including reading guides, videos, quizzes, live webinars, email reminders and worksheets, and content summaries. But you will need to do the work!
Qpractice is designed for you to get exactly what you need without spending hours and hours trying to figure out what to learn. We’re so confident that by using our proven system you’ll succeed, so we offer a passing guarantee. However, taking action and doing the work is up to you.
What happens when I register?
As soon as you register, you'll get immediate access to the NCIDQ Exam Complete members area where you can get started right away. This is a combined program, so you get access to all the lessons, quizzes, and practice tests you’ll need to prepare for the IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC 2.0 Exams.
After you sign up, the material will be dripped out to you a week at a time, so you can follow the study schedule (or work a week or two ahead).
What else do I need for this program?
All courses require a textbook. You have a choice of either the Interior Design Reference Manual by David Kent Ballast – Sixth Edition, or the Qpractice NCIDQ Exam Guide.
You will also need a computer with:
Current Windows or Mac operating system
Updated browser — we use and recommend Google Chrome
Desktop or laptop for taking PRAC 2.0 new question types*
*Course content, study group, and regular multiple-choice questions work fine on current tablets and phones.
See Supported Software by Microsoft & Apple
Can I stop and start the practice tests?
Qpractice has full and half-length time and untimed practice tests designed to help you prepare for the computer-based NCIDQ Exams. We also have short untimed quizzes for each module.
The timed tests simulate the actual exam experience in both timing and delivery. Plan to spend the same amount of time on the practice exams as you will on exam day. You can take the tests as many times as you want, and you’ll get a different random batch of questions each time.
You can't stop a test before completing and get your score, so if you're in a hurry, take a half-length test or module quiz.
How many hours do I need to study?
You can complete each daily summary lesson in about a half hour, and watch most Answer Vault videos in about 5 minutes or less.
Reviewing for IDFX and IDPX will take more reading, our Work Experience Assessment will help you determine how much. Then you will need to spend some time after your review with a practice test. Based on what you missed, spend some extra time going over that material, then test again. You can take our practice test unlimited times throughout the testing season.
For PRAC 2.0, we recommend you spend about a week reviewing each content area including assignments and quizzes, plus a week or two on each case study. We've incorporated the review time into our study schedule, so it aligns with other exam topics, and you can save time by studying for all three exams at once if you need to.
The study schedule leaves you some time free on the weekends to catch up or take a break. If your schedule is tight, don’t worry – just plan ahead, and study when it is convenient for you.
Will my access to the course expire?
We offer access to NCIDQ Exam Complete as a monthly recurring subscription, but you’ll save money if you sign up for 6 or 12 months at a time.
You get unlimited personal access to your course and Qpractice website resources for the term of your plan. You also get paid support in our private study group, Live Office Hours, and the Answer Vault with purchase of each Premium plan.
How do I get free shipping on my paperback or flashcards?
We deliver your Book or Ebook for free directly from the publisher. You will pay no sales tax or shipping (in the continental US) on your order. Your receipt contains a unique purchase code and link. Just click the link in your receipt to add the book to your cart on the publisher's website. Enter your purchase code and shipping information. Please note that your code cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts.
Do your NCIDQ practice tests have the same questions as the CIDQ practice tests?
While it's unlikely that questions would be identical, you may see similar questions.
Qpractice tests are specifically designed to cover the exam content areas in the same topics, question style, and proportion of questions per content area as the actual exam, and your score is broken down by content area so you can assess your strengths and weaknesses to plan your study.
Our members who have taken both versions felt that our tests matched the exam in content and difficulty level, and many of them said being able to take the practice tests more than once was helpful during their test prep process.
Are the practice tests scored the same as the NCIDQ Exam?
No. The NCIDQ Exam is not scored like a typical exam, because it is based on scaled scores not raw scores. The scores are scaled from 200 (0 correct) to 800 (all correct), with the passing score set at 500. Statistical analysis ensures that the tests given each year are equally difficult, even when the questions may be different.
Qpractice practice tests allows you to retake your test over and over again, and view your scores by exam content area, with answers and explanations for each question. We also include reference sources for further study. With NCIDQ Exam Complete, you'll know exactly which content areas to focus on.
How do I attend Live Office Hours?
If you’re a Premium member, you can join us for live “Office Hours” sessions. Each Q&A session lasts one to two hours. All the information for joining the Office Hours sessions is available in the members area.
What if I miss Office Hours?
Office Hours are recorded and posted for Qpractice members to watch the following week. We post the replays right in the members area as soon as they are available, so you can watch when it’s convenient for you.
Experience total elation
“I PASSED! It is end of an era! I thank you so much for teaching me all about ADA space planning and millwork, it truly paid off! I am elated!”
Less Cramming, More Communicating.
“My goal was to pass the NCIDQ the first time…and I did. While there is no magic bullet, Qpractice was so helpful in reviewing material and bouncing questions back and forth.
The practicum reviews were incredibly helpful. In the past, the prep options have been weekend cram classes that were very close to the exam and were also quite expensive and very limited geographically. Qpractice gives you a plan but allows for flexibility (life and work).
The study group is so supportive…it’s great to share the experience with others striving for the same goal. Taking the NCIDQ is an investment of time and money. Qpractice is such a smart and reasonable investment to give you the best outcome.”