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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 to 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.
Many 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, NCIDQ Exam prep program that walks you step-by-step how to:
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.
We’ve all been there! From high school to college and beyond, we’ve crammed and memorized and struggled to do our best.
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? You’re less likely to understand a subject with passive studying 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 exams, you’re more likely to be relaxed and performing at your best on exam day.
What Qpractice members say
I got 3 letters over the weekend and I PASSED all sections of the Practicum and both the IDFX and IDPX exams! First try on all too, wow! I am certain Qpractice is behind my success, thanks Lisa!
NCIDQ Exam Complete
NCIDQ Exam Complete is the all-in-one prep course to help you get ready for the IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC 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 Exams.
You get access to all three exam courses into one subscription-based program, so you can buy monthly access or save money by signing up for 4 or 12 months.
Either way, you can work through the materials a week at a time following our study schedule – so you’ll never feel overwhelmed. Or you can also work through the entire course 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 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. However, each test is delivered from a pool of hundreds of questions and answers, all updated for the current NCIDQ Exams, and no two testing sessions are exactly alike.
When You Enroll 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 or Team level, you’ll get these bonuses:
Private NCIDQ 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
First take the Qpractice Practice Test with questions selected specifically for the workshop. Next, join us live while we 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
Access to the live workshop and all replays is included with your subscription to Qpractice.
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 member’s area at any time.
- Full access to all Qpractice prep materials for all three NCIDQ Exams, including IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC
- Video, audio, and text-based lessons, worksheets, articles, and other helpful tips
- The ability to take as many pretests and quizzes as you want, with more than 1800 questions!
- The ultimate daily study schedule, to help you get ready for any exam, or all three
- Your own private study group with the mobile app, and expert support with coaching by NCIDQ-certified interior designers (who were also Qpractice members when they passed their exams)
- Live “Office Hours” and with NCIDQ Certified Designers
- Answer Vault recorded audio and video answers to the most-asked questions
All plans include:
- 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
Do you have a group of 5 or more? Learn more about our team plans →
Frequently Asked Questions
We offer access to NCIDQ Exam Complete as a monthly recurring subscription. All plans start immediately upon purchase.
We believe that “pay as you go” is the best model for most people. Life changes, and sometimes people postpone their exams. This way, you don’t pay for anything you don’t use.
4-Month Premium Access is a fixed-length subscription that does not automatically renew. It includes your choice of textbook at a savings over the same items purchased separately. This is our most popular and recommended option for 1 exam season to cover the full study plan and exam month.
Monthly, annual, and team subscriptions renew until you cancel. If you do not wish to continue your subscription, simply cancel before renewal. Your exact renewal date and the amount are shown to you at checkout before you purchase and are also available to you in your account to view at any time.
You can cancel anytime and won’t be charged again if you do so before your plan renews. AND you can still keep access until it expires. We send you renewal reminders ahead of time with instructions, and you can cancel right from your account with the click of a button. You can resubscribe at any time.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you forget or need help with this.
Yes! We remapped all practice tests, added new questions, and moved more than 2000+ questions to the latest test distribution before the 2021 season began. We use the latest NCIDQ codes and we’ll teach you how to use these, so you can confidently answer code-related questions on exam day.
Members will find a daily study schedule in the study group and detailed lesson summaries with audio following the NCIDQ Exam Blueprints.
We are always adding more new quiz questions and new case studies. We actively continue our updates throughout every exam season based on member feedback and regularly post notice of the study group’s updates.
All courses require a textbook.
You have a choice of either the most current edition of the Interior Design Reference Manual or the Qpractice NCIDQ Exam Guide.
Other books are optional but recommended. We include your choice of books at savings in the 4-month individual plan.
You will also need a computer with:
Current Windows or Mac operating system with a current updated browser
Desktop or laptop only for PRAC Case Study question types*
*All other course content, study group, and regular multiple-choice questions work fine on current tablets and phones.
Qpractice may not be compatible with VPNs, remote access software, and certain security software. We recommend using a personal computer where you can control the use of such software, rather than a work computer. If you have questions or concerns, please have your IT department contact us for support.
The Qpractice study plan is 12 weeks to cover all knowledge statements on the NCIDQ Blueprints for all 3 NCIDQ Exams — IDFX, IDPX, and PRAC.
You can easily complete each Qpractice daily summary lesson in about an hour or less with audio and quiz. Most Answer Vault videos are short — typically 5-15 minutes. Access the study group on your mobile app any time on the go. So you can make regular daily progress towards your goal, even on busy workdays. Just follow the schedule.
Reviewing for topics you’re less familiar with will take more research and reading. Take the Work Experience Assessment along with your Baseline Practice Tests to help you determine how much extra time you need to spend. Based on your experience level and weak areas, spend extra time going over that material and then test again. You can take our practice tests unlimited times throughout the testing season.
For the NCIDQ Practicum, we recommend you follow the study schedule, review the lessons, and spend about a week reviewing each content area, including 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. So if your schedule is tight, don’t worry – just plan ahead and study when convenient for you.
Qpractice NCIDQ Exam Complete gives you access to all of our resources to prepare for the IDFX, IDPX, or Practicum Exams one at a time, all together, or in any combination.
It’s easy to filter the content to study for any exam.
In CIDQ’s knowledge blueprints, the Practicum Exam knowledge statements overlap with either IDFX or IDPX knowledge statements, because PRAC tests your application of knowledge about the same topics. So we organize the content to help you study most efficiently.
Plus, the lessons, quizzes, and other resources note the relevant exam sections and knowledge areas covered to help keep you on track.
When you purchase the 12-month Premium Access plan, you get 2 months free!
The 4-month plan with the choice of a textbook saves you money instead of purchasing the same items individually.
And if you have a work or professional association group of 5 or more people you can also save over individual purchases. Email us for more information.
As soon as you register, you’ll get immediate access to the NCIDQ Exam Complete members area, where you can get started right away. In addition, the combined program gives you access to all the lessons, quizzes, and practice tests you’ll need to prepare for the IDFX, IDPX, PRAC Exams, or all three!
For 10 years now, we have seen that our members who regularly participate in the study group are most successful in learning and passing their exams.
Participating in discussions with other students, asking and answering questions, helps you learn, clarify, engages your memory, and connect what you study to what you do on the job. Taking action helps you retain more instead of losing 80% of what you study.
This is also how we’re able to recruit and hire our best coaches for the next season — before they even get their scores! We know they’ll pass on exam day and become certified designers.
Qpractice tests are specifically designed to cover the exam content areas in the same topics and proportion of questions per content area as the actual exam. 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 content in both topic and format, and many said that taking the practice tests was an essential part of their test prep process.
While it’s unlikely that questions would be identical, you may see similar questions on the exam or in other resources.
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/cut point set to 500. This is done so that different exams using different blueprints or different exam administrations can be weighted as equally challenging, even when the questions are different.
Qpractice allows you to retake your practice tests as many times as you wish with a different question assortment each time. In addition, you can 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.
Qpractice has full and half-length timed and untimed practice tests designed to help you prepare for the computer-based NCIDQ Exams. Each daily lesson has quizzes on the lesson topic.
Our practice tests and mock exams simulate the actual exam experience in both timing and delivery. We use the same question types as PRAC (drag and drop, hotspot, fill in the blank) with a very similar interface. We have timed tests to simulate exam day so you can plan to spend the same amount of time on the practice exams. You can take the quizzes or tests as many times as you want, and you’ll get a different random selection of questions each time, each balanced to match the same weight and distribution as the actual exam.
You can’t stop a Qpractice test in the middle before completing it, so if you’re in a hurry, you can take the short quizzes at the end of each lesson.
All the information for joining the Office Hours or Workshop sessions is available in the member’s area and in our member's-only study schedule event calendar.
Each Live Q&A session lasts about one to two hours.
All Live Office Hours and Workshops are recorded and posted in the Qpractice member’s area for you to watch anytime.
Have more questions?
We answer many questions at our help desk or 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 to give you precisely what you need without spending hours and hours trying to figure out what to learn.
But you need to do the work!