We’ve helped thousands of interior designers pass the NCIDQ Exams the first time…and we’d like to help you, too.
The worst thing you can do is go into the NCIDQ Exams unprepared.
It costs too much — time, money, and lost career opportunities — to not get it right the first time.
What you need is focus on studying the right things.
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 helping you determine where to focus your energy for the exam.
A big part of passing the NCIDQ exams is understanding the format, timing and scoring of the tests themselves — not just the concepts.
A lot of designers won’t realize that – they'll lose precious time going into the exam only half prepared, without any practice.
Simply reading a book or taking a weekend crash course isn’t enough — you need a proven, practical, step-by-step program that shows you how to:
- Break your study time into manageable chunks.
- Assess your weak points, so you know where to focus your study time.
- Understand exactly what CIDQ is looking for, when you’re answering multiple-choice questions on IDFX and IDPX.
- Solve design problems on PRAC 2.0 in a limited amount of time, whether or not you’ve ever worked with these issues on the job.
- See exactly which NCIDQ Exam content areas overlap – so you can squeeze the most value out of your reading and study time.
You need a proven path that takes the mystery out of the NCIDQ Exams, and shines a light on what you need to know to pass all three exams – the first time you take them.
For so many of us, just the thought of taking an exam stirs up stress. The studying and preparation… the worrying about whether we’ve covered the right material. And then, of course, there’s the actual writing of the exam.
How Pretesting Can Help You Pass the NCIDQ Exams
Recent research has shown that cramming and memorization won’t help you prepare as much as one deceptively simple technique:
As it turns out, pretesting can raise your score on the exam by an average of 10%.
This recent development in learning science tells us that taking pretests can help you achieve success on the final exam.
Elizabeth Ligon Bjork, a psychologist from U.C.L.A., found in her research that pretesting can raise your score on the final exam by an average of ten percent. That’s enough to mean the difference between passing and failing the NCIDQ Exam.
Traditional studying can trick your brain into a false sense of security. You think you’ve mastered concepts and ideas, but when exam day comes, you blank out.
Why? With passive studying, you’re less likely to understand a subject because you simply tried to memorize it.
Using pretesting, you can actually change how your brain thinks.
Even giving wrong answers on a pretest can change how your brain remembers and recalls data. This sets your brain – and you – up for future success by helping you “fail forward.”
When you use pretesting to study for the IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC 2.0 exams, you’re more likely to be relaxed and performing at your best on exam day.
“I passed all three! I was dead nervous about writing all three in the first week for the first time, but it paid off! I 100% could not have done this without Qpractice.
My main focus was on the tests, and less on the reading material. I hit the tests hard in September and felt prepared (and crazy nervous). Huge thank you to Lisa League, NCIDQ and the 7 week schedule for keeping me on track and focused this summer.”
What Qpractice members say
Introducing NCIDQ Exam Complete — Updated for 2021
NCIDQ Exam Complete is the all-in-one prep course to help you get ready for the IDFX, IDPX, and the Practicum exams.
…even if you’re feeling overwhelmed about trying to master the exam material.
…even if you’ve tried to pass the exams before, and failed.
With NCIDQ Exam Complete, you’ll get the inside scoop on what and how to study, and get experienced, expert advice from NCIDQ Certified designers when you have questions.
Here’s Exactly How It Works:
As soon as you join the program, you’ll get access to a series of lessons with videos, quizzes, live webinars, email reminders and worksheets, and blog posts to help you prepare for the IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC 2.0 Exams.
We’ve combined access for all three exam courses into one subscription-based program, so you can buy monthly access, or save money by signing up for 6 or 12 months.
Either way, you’ll get access to the materials a week at a time, following our study schedule, with a new section opening up each week – so you’ll never feel overwhelmed, and you can work through the course completely at your own pace.
Everything is ready for you online anytime, anywhere you have internet access – easily accessible from your tablet, desktop, or mobile phone.
Get Our Step-by-Step Study Schedule, & Take Our Practice Tests Whenever You Like.
When you sign up for NCIDQ Exam Complete, we’ll also give you our step-by-step exam prep schedule, so you know exactly what you should be studying each week to get ready for the IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC 2.0 exams.
As part of NCIDQ Exam Complete, you can take full, timed online practice exams that accurately simulate the exam experience, or try our module quizzes for a quick snapshot of your current level of knowledge.
You can take our tests as many times as you like. Each test is delivered from a pool of thousands of questions and answers, all updated for the current NCIDQ Exams, and no testing sessions are exactly the same.
When You Enroll at the Premium Level Today, You’ll Also Get These Helpful Bonuses
We know you’ll need help and support as you prepare for the exams.
When you join NCIDQ Exam Complete at the Premium level, you’ll get these bonuses:
Bonus #1: Private Study Group
When you join the program, you’ll get access to a private online study group, facilitated by NCIDQ-certified interior designers.
This is a vibrant community of motivated, like-minded designers who will support you and answer your questions as you’re preparing for the exam. Access anywhere with our exclusive mobile app.
NEW! Bonus #2: Live Workshops for IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC
We review the official practice tests from CIDQ and cover:
- Question by question review, discussion, and answers
- Test taking strategy and how to avoid common mistakes
- Effective use of the exam features and resources
Bonus #3: Live “Office Hours” with NCIDQ Certified Designers
On Saturdays, you’ll be able to get on a live webinar with our team of NCIDQ Certified Designers, and ask them your most pressing questions.
This will help reinforce the learning you’re doing during the week, and help you iron out any trouble spots you hit when you’re studying on your own.
If you can’t make it live, that’s okay – every Q&A session will be recorded, and you can access them through the members area at any time.
Bonus #4: The Answer Vault
Get access to more than 70 bite-sized video answers to your most common questions. We take discussions from our Live Office Hours and edit them into short videos that you can watch anytime for fast answers to your questions.
- Full access to all Qpractice prep materials for all three NCIDQ Exams, including IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC 2.0
- Video and text-based lessons, worksheets, articles, and other helpful tips
- The ability to take as many pretests and quizzes as you want
- The ultimate daily study schedule, to help you get ready for any exam, or all three
- Your own private study group, facilitated by NCIDQ-certified interior designers (Premium Level only)
- Live “Office Hours” and with NCIDQ Certified Designers (Premium Level only)
- Answer Vault recorded audio and video answers to the most-asked questions (Premium Level only)
“I passed my third and final section, the PX and I am certified! Woohoo!
I can’t thank Qpractice enough, especially for helping me with the PRAC 2.0. I failed it once trying to do it on my own. I couldn’t have done it without you! To anyone, who didn’t pass this time, don’t give up!”
Sign up for Premium Access Now! Updated for 2021
Monthly and annual plans automatically renew. Change or cancel anytime.
• Interior Design Reference Manual
• Qpractice NCIDQ Exam Guide
• Interior Construction & Detailing for Designers & Architects
Exam Season Access
includes choice of textbook
• Interior Design Reference Manual
• Qpractice NCIDQ Exam Guide
• Interior Construction & Detailing for Designers & Architects:
$149 / monthly
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“I passed both the IDFX and IDPX on the first try! I am so relieved. I have not studied for anything in 16+ years and…I really struggled with absorbing the information.
I was very skeptical about buying the VIP package from Qpractice but it certainly paid off and then some. Two down and one to go. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks!”
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.
You'll also get an invitation to our member only study group with mobile app. 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 Practicum Exams.
While the plan covers all exams, it's easy to filter the content to study for one exam only. Because the new Practicum Exam overlaps both IDFX and IDPX, we believe it's best to organize the content where you can easily study for more than one exam at a time.
What else do I need for this program?
All courses require a textbook. You have a choice of either:
• Interior Design Reference Manual by David Kent Ballast – Sixth Edition
• Qpractice NCIDQ Exam Guide Ebook, 2nd Edition
We also recommend Interior Construction and Detailing for IDPX and/or PRAC, especially for those needing additional help with Building Systems.
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 Practicum case study 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 at the end of each lesson. You can take quizzes or practice tests as many times as you wish.
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't stop a Qpractice test before completing and get your score, so if you're in a hurry, take a half-length test or lesson quiz.
How many hours do I need to study?
You can complete each daily summary lesson in 30 minutes to an hour, and watch many Answer Vault videos in about 5-10 minutes.
You will choose how much additional reading and research to do for each lesson depending upon your familiarity with the topic, past exam scores , and Work Experience Assessment. Based on what you missed, spend some extra time going over that material, then quiz again. You can take our practice test unlimited times throughout the testing season.
For Practicum, we recommend you follow the plan for baseline and midpoint practice tests and also review each lesson and multiple choice quiz for your exam. 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.
Is Qpractice updated for the new exams in April 2021?
Yes! We've remapped all practice tests, added new questions, and have moved over 1770 questions to the new exam distribution for the spring NCIDQ Exams in April 2021.
You'll find a brand new study schedule and detailed lesson summaries matching CIDQ's new 2021 Exam Blueprint Knowledge Statements. We have updated audio, video, more new quiz questions and even new case studies on the way. We will be actively continuing our updates throughout Spring 2021, so we'll post news of these regularly in the study group.
How do subscriptions work?
We offer access to NCIDQ Exam Complete as a monthly recurring subscription, and you’ll save money and get 2 free months when you sign up for a 12 month plan.
Monthly and annual subscriptions renew automatically until you cancel. If you do not wish to continue your subscription, you must cancel before the renewal date. Your renewal date along with the amount is shown at checkout before you purchase.
It is your responsibility to cancel before your subscription renews, and we send reminder emails for all subscriptions. Once cancelled, you will retain access until that date, then your cancellation will be final. You can easily manage your subscription in your account and resubscribe at any time. Please contact us if you need help with this.
NEW for 2021 — Fixed length 4 month plans for exam season! These include your choice of book and do not automatically renew.
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.
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?
All the information for joining the Office Hours sessions is available in the study group in the events section. Each Q&A session lasts one to two hours.
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.
Have more questions?
Just send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to having you join us in Office Hours,
Lisa League, NCIDQ
PS: As soon as you register, you’ll get immediate access to the private Qpractice members area. Qpractice is delivered through members-only videos, quizzes, live webinars, email reminders and worksheets, and blog posts.
Qpractice is designed for you to get exactly what you need without spending hours and hours trying to figure out what to learn. But you need to do the work!
“Took all 3 exams for the 1st time and passed all 3!! I couldn't be more happy/excited right now. It was a looong 6 months of studying but to receive that email with my certification # this morning, makes it all worth it. 🙂
There is no way I could have done it without Qpractice!! Thank you so much, Lisa and your team for this program. It is incredibly helpful and I couldn't be more grateful! ”