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NCIDQ protects the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design.
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Your score report can provide good diagnostic information for you if you take the time to understand it thoroughly. Everyone always wants more explanation about why they failed a section or a particular exercise on the exam and what they can do to remedy the situation. The answer is actually right in front of you. Remember, unlike exams from college, we are not testing comprehensive recall of knowledge; we are assessing your entry-level competence to protect the public. To fully understand what your score report is telling you, you should first read the blog posts about Scoring the Multiple-Choice Exams... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Inside the Q
Waiting for the results of the NCDIQ exam can be excruciating, we realize. Other blog posts have talked about how we score the exams to ensure fairness to all candidates. In this post, we outline the process of getting the results to you. There are two steps involved: 1. Mailing the score reports. The mailed score reports contain numeric scores for Section(s) 1 and 2 and pass/fail reports for each exercise in the practicum exam (Section 3) and an overall pass/fall for Section 3. 2. Uploading the results into your MyNCIDQ account. We only upload whether you passed or failed... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Inside the Q
Grading the practicum examinations is a complicated process. There is considerable work done by both staff and volunteers before the exams are even graded. Since everything is anonymous, we spend days immersed in control numbers of exam takers and numbers assigned to graders. Everything we do builds on our commitment to fairness to the exam candidates. Our test consultant, ACT, provides us with a list of control numbers of people who took the examination. We reconcile this list against our own registration and no-show lists to make sure the lists match. Then, we reconcile this complete list of actual exam-takers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2011 at Inside the Q
We are often asked why it takes so long to release the grades for the examination. The truth is that there is much more to “grading the exam” than just marking the right or wrong answers. Most of what takes so long is done to offer additional levels of fairness to the candidates. After the right and wrong answers are scored mechanically for each answer sheet, the multiple-choice exams are put through rigorous statistical analyses to ascertain each question’s performance. Granted, some of the questions you answer are not scored; we’re testing them for future exams. They do not count... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at Inside the Q
By Andrew Stafford Andrew is NCIDQ’s Exam Manager, who oversees everything about the program from the first draft of an exam question to the publishing of the final scores. In this role, he answers a lot of questions about the exam. We asked him to share with us the questions that he hears all the time and provide some advice related to those questions. He should know, he’s a Certificate holder, and he tells us he remembers vividly what the exam experience was like. NCIDQ monitors blogs and discussions and talks to a lot of exam candidates who take outside... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Inside the Q
By Andrew Stafford Andrew is NCIDQ’s Exam Manager, who oversees everything about the program from the first draft of an exam question to the publishing of the final scores. In this role, he answers a lot of questions about the exam. We asked him to share with us the questions that he hears all the time and provide some advice related to those questions. He should know, he’s a Certificate holder, and he tells us he remembers vividly what the exam experience was like. When we launched our multiple-choice practice tests for the first time earlier this year, one of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Inside the Q
By Andrew Stafford Andrew is NCIDQ’s Exam Manager, who oversees everything about the program from the first draft of an exam question to the publishing of the final scores. In this role, he answers a lot of questions about the exam. We asked him to share with us the questions that he hears all the time and provide some advice related to those questions. He should know, he’s a Certificate holder, and he tells us he remembers vividly what the exam experience was like. At NCIDQ, we are often asked about the passing score for Section 3 of the exam.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at Inside the Q
By Leslie Ford, Customer Service Representative Leslie Ford is the “voice of NCIDQ.” If you call our office, chances are better than average that you’ll be talking to Leslie. In her six years with NCIDQ, she’s heard a lot of questions and given a lot of answers in her usual friendly and knowledgeable way. She patiently walks callers through the NCIDQ vocabulary maze. We asked her to help us define some of the terms that confuse exam candidates the most. At NCIDQ, we have a lot of policies and procedures. I’ve worked here more than six years, and in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Inside the Q
By Kathleen Butler, Deputy Director Kathleen Butler is NCIDQ’s Deputy Director and resident policy wonk. She also oversees NCIDQ’s intellectual property and guards our rights closely in that area. In this follow-up to her cheating post, she explains when sharing study materials crosses the line into illegal activity. Just as important as knowing your obligations during the exam, it's equally important to know when you cross the line with respect to NCIDQ’s copyrights and intellectual property. Reselling or donating your study materials is acceptable; making copies (electronically or otherwise) to share with others is not acceptable. (The same goes for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Inside the Q
By Kathleen Butler, Deputy Director Kathleen Butler is NCIDQ’s Deputy Director and resident policy wonk. She jokes that she sleeps with her policy manual under her pillow, and frankly, we think she might not be joking. She also oversees NCIDQ’s intellectual property and guards our rights closely in that area. In this blog post, she explains what NOT to do as part of your ethical obligation as a professional. NCIDQ and its member boards take their commitment to public protection seriously. Our Certificate holders, who have worked so hard to earn the NCIDQ Certificate, take the credential seriously. That’s why... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Inside the Q
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Mar 15, 2010
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From the Executive Director Jeffrey F. Kenney is the Executive Director of NCIDQ. He oversees all aspects of the organization and works closely with the NCIDQ Board of Directors to develop and execute successful strategies to achieve its goals. He lends more than 20 years of experience in the licensure and credentialing industry, serving as a speaker at numerous conferences on professional licensure, high-stakes testing and computer-delivered examinations. NCIDQ’s Annual Council of Delegates Meeting NCIDQ’s Annual Council of Delegates Meeting concluded several weeks ago. Representatives from all of NCIDQ’s member boards save one (state funding was eliminated for travel) participated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2010 at Inside the Q
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From the Executive Director Jeffrey F. Kenney is the Executive Director of NCIDQ. He oversees all aspects of the organization and works closely with the NCIDQ Board of Directors to develop and execute successful strategies to achieve its goals. He lends more than 20 years of experience in the licensure and credentialing industry, serving as a speaker at numerous conferences on professional licensure, high-stakes testing and computer-delivered examinations. NCIDQ’s Annual Council of Delegates Meeting This week the delegates from NCIDQ’s member regulatory boards will meet in San Antonio, Texas. There are many misconceptions about NCIDQ and one is that we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2009 at Inside the Q
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What's New For You At NCIDQ? By Inside the Q Editor Alexis Fermanis Alexis Fermanis is NCIDQ’s Communications Manager. She is responsible for all internal and external communication, print material, Web site content, and design elements. She writes the messages you care about, and creates the vehicles to communicate them. NCIDQ has feverously been working on improving its programs and processes with you in mind. We always try to keep you up to date with important information, and we are constantly trying to improve the customer experience for you. With that in mind, we are rolling out some new features... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2009 at Inside the Q
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Avoiding Application Disasters By Dominique Polk Dominique Polk is NCIDQ's Applications Evaluator. She and her team are responsible for reviewing all the IDEP applications and all the applications for the NCIDQ Examination. She’s seen a lot of application disasters come across her desk, so we asked her to document the top three reasons an exam application is denied. Over the course of a year, I see almost 3,000 applications for the exam. That’s a lot of applications that we review, and of those 3,000 applications, at least one-third of them are not accepted. That’s right: nearly one-third of all applications... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2009 at Inside the Q
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Posted Nov 2, 2009 at Inside the Q