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Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ® Exam Paperback – Mar 1 2010

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Professional Publications, Inc.; Fifth Edition edition (March 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591263042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591263043
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ID on May 31 2010
Format: Paperback
I had purchased the previous edition from Amazon and a little over a month from my purchase date the latest edition surfaced for sale.
The description of the book did not provide the changes from the older edition. Thinking the new manual would provide new information I had returned the previous edition with a loss. To my surprise the latest manual does not provide practice questions and there are only a few changes to the edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica G on March 18 2011
Format: Paperback
Great book to study from. Everything is very well broken down so that you are able to pin point specific areas you may not be familiar with. Would recommend to anyone studying for the NCIDQ exam or to any interior designer as a reference manual!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Thorough information in a well organized format Dec 14 2010
By OlyNomad - Published on
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Considering the nature of and volume of information in this manual, it is in a remarkably easy to understand format. I am impressed with how organized and well laid out it is and the effort that must have gone into putting so much information together. As Ballast covers in his acknowledgements...every five years the NCIDQ commissions a practice analysis that is made to ensure the exam "continues to accurately assess the knowledge and skills needed by interior designers" and this book is updated accordingly and adds two new topics covered on the exam and also reorganized the content to match the new exam specifications. With each section the order of topics follows the order of the exam specifications. All code information has been updated to the 2009 International Building Code.
Thoroughly covers all sections. It also includes information on preparing for the actual exam that is extremely useful such as all the materials you'll need on exam day, what is not allowed on exam day, problems you may encounter, what happens after the exam etc.
Short of sending a computer or robot in to take the exam for you, this manual really does include everything you need to know to pass the exam.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Thorough Reference Manual!! June 8 2011
By HAL - Published on
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I purchased this guide about 3 months before taking the NCIDQ exam. I used the study guide it provided and read this book cover to cover. It is a must-have study guide if you plan to take the exam and not take a study course. It was very thorough and easy to understand.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good for Test Prep and Design Reference, but Carefully Check Test Eligibility First May 19 2011
By Amazonian Consumer - Published on
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This is a comprehensive study guide, spanning nearly 600 pages, for the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) Exam. It can also be used as a design reference on the job.

Before you buy this book or register to take the exam, you should check the latest test-taking eligibility requirements. According to NCIDQ, "at least six years of combined college-level interior design education and interior design work experience" are required. If the college education is not CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accredidation)-accredited, then it must have "no less than 120 semester or 180 quarter credits, of which no less than 60 semester or 90 quarter credits are interior design coursework". There are five different routes to attain qualification for taking the NCIDQ exam. There is a chart which you can download from the NCIDQ website.

If you want to use this book as a study guide for the NCIDQ Exam, rather than a reference manual, I'd suggest you to also get practice questions for sections 1, 2, and 3. They are not inexpensive; each book is about 100 pages long and costs $44 to $65.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive reference manual for NCIDQ exam preparation Dec 15 2010
By XNOR - Published on
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NCIDQ is a non profit organization involved in certification of interior designers. The examination is objective type/multiple answer type and covers a wide variety of topics related to construction and design - plumbing, acoustics, lighting ....

The book is a comprehensive reference manual for those taking up the NCIDQ exam for interior design - getting certified will improve prospective candidates job opportunities and just looked up on monster and there are a few jobs that ask for NCIDQ certified candidates.

- the book is a good reference manual
- Comprehensive - covering the length and breadth

- No sample Q&A
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Must-have for anyone studying for Interior Design Nov. 29 2010
By Altmed - Published on
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Nice, paperback book to study for the NCIDQ Interior Design exam. Great textbook for reviewing everything from colors & textures to construction codes & other issues that come up when adding built-ins & considering other construction matters that come up when decorating & especially when getting the flow to work in any indoor, or even semi-outdoor spaces.

Will get you focused on the order to do things.

Covers building codes, systems, contract administration, construction standards, design application, professional practice and project co-ordination, ADA Accessibility Guidelines, business practices, ethics, and design standards.

This is a review for studying for the exam, but not a comprehensive guide. Covers the critical, more construction & safety-related issues in interior design.

A must-have for those going into interior design - especially those who plan to take the test & furthermore, those who want to do even smaller (or large) indoor projects where components of the design includes businesses or any type of construction is being contemplated.

Weather you take the exam or not, this is a great reference guide of things to be aware of, even if you are decorating in your own home.

The test is available apparently twice a year, and a great guide to get before starting to take classes so you know what to expect. It helps to know what you are getting into in the world of interior design - for home, commercial & even garden/patio settings.

If you are going to do interior design, this is ONE of THE books to own.

See [...] for an explanation of all of the requirements to take the exam, or if only using it for information, a great guide to get going in the field if doing just interiors.

While building codes do vary from one place to another, this will give you what you need for the exam, or things to keep in mind & study further if you don't take the exam. This book covers the nuts & bolts, not the actual design elements themselves. There are other "Must haves", but this is one of them.