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Important changes to the NCIDQ exam for 2013

Published by Candis Green, March 27, 2013.

CIDQ (formerly NCIDQ) has made some important changes to the format of its exam for 2013.

The paper and pencil format of the multiple choice sections is being converted to computer-based testing. Section 1 and Section 2 are now IDFX (Interior Design Fundamentals) and IDPX (Interior Design Professional Exam) respectively. You can apply for the IDFX as soon as you graduate from an interior design program that meets CIDQ’s eligibility requirements. You can apply for the IDPX and Practicum exam as soon as you have completed the required qualified work experience. The PRAC (practicum) portion of the exam will remain the same.

Additionally, two practice tests are now available online for candidates to use when preparing for the new computer-based multiple-choice exams (IDFX and IDPX). The practice tests are available exclusively through the Prometric delivery system, the same company that administers the computer-based NCIDQ examinations. Practice exams can be purchased at a cost of $65.00 each.

Another great way to prepare for the NCIDQ exam is by attending IDC NCIDQ study sessions. IDC offers sessions across Canada in winter and summer each year. Information will be posted to the IDC Calendar of Events once practice sessions have been scheduled.

With the introduction of Prometric as the administrator of the computer-based NCIDQ exam, there are multiple advantages to writing the computer-based exam. Mostly notably, candidates have access to multiple Prometric testing centres and more frequent opportunities to write the exam.

Please see some important dates below regarding registration for the exam —

February 25: Registration opens for Spring 2013 computer-based exams

April 5: Spring 2013 Sections 1 and 2 (paper-and-pencil)

April 6: Spring 2013 Practicum Exam

April 18 to 27: Spring 2013 IDFX and IDPX (computer based)

October 4: Fall 2013 Sections 1 and 2 (final administration of paper-and-pencil multiple-choice format)

October 5: Fall 2013 Practicum Exam

October 17 to 26: Fall 2013 IDFX and IDPX (computer based)

For further information about changes to the NCIDQ exam and important dates, please visit the CIDQ website.

To locate the Prometric test centre nearest you to write IDFX and IDPX, please click here.

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