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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.; 5 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 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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HASH(0x9adefd2c) out of 5 stars Thorough information in a well organized format Dec 14 2010
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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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae17384) out of 5 stars 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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9afc8f54) out of 5 stars 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9adef21c) out of 5 stars Comprehensive reference manual for NCIDQ exam preparation Dec 15 2010
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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
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HASH(0x9acc0c90) out of 5 stars great reference guide March 5 2013
By W. Welbes - Published on
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I am in the process of studying for my NCIDQ exams and this is really a great study guide. I also bought the flash cards as a companion to this and it seems to be helping me go into these exams more confindent.