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Changes to the multiple choice sections of the NCIDQ Exams: important information for Intern and Provisional members of IDC

Published by Alexandra Tichinoff, August 29, 2012.

NCIDQ is phasing out the current paper-and-pencil format of the Section 1 and Section 2 multiple choice exams, and launching computer-based testing for two new multiple-choice sections of the NCIDQ exam, beginning in 2013. The Section 3 Practicum exam is not changing and will continue to be administered in paper-and-pencil format.

The multiple-choice exams will be given only three more times in paper-and-pencil format. After the fall 2013 administration, the multiple choice sections will be delivered exclusively via computer at testing centres across North America. Those who have not passed both of the current paper-and-pencil multiple choice sections by the end of 2013 must retake both of the new sections since the content will have shifted between the new sections of the exams. Those who take the exam for the first time in spring 2013 or after will use the new, computer-based format and will not be affected by the change.

Computer-delivered testing will have considerable advantages for test-takers. NCIDQ indicates that there will be more test dates per year, as well as more test locations, reducing travel expenses for candidates. NCIDQ will announce the new test dates and locations later this year.

Whether you are retaking a multiple choice section you did not pass previously, or whether you are taking the multiple choice exam(s) for the first time, you must pass both Section 1 (Codes, Building Systems, Construction Standards and Contract Administration) and Section 2 (Design Application, Project Coordination and Professional Practice) before the end of 2013. For those individuals who have passed one section but not the other by the end of 2013, their passing multiple-choice score will be voided and they will have to take both of the new sections on computer.

If you have already applied and been approved to write the NCIDQ exams, we encourage you not to miss the next three opportunities to complete Sections 1 and 2 in the current format. It is especially important that you take advantage of the fall 2012, spring 2013 and fall 2013 exam offerings if you’ve completed either Section 1 or 2 but not both.

Will these changes affect you? Click here to use this flow chart to see how you be affected.

For more information on the transition to computer-delivery, click here.

Complete information on the computer-based examination will be available online this fall.

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