Interior Design Reference Manual Everything You Need

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Mar 4, 2013 - Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam offers a comprehensive review of all NCIDQ content.

  1. Interior Design Reference Manual 6th Edition

Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam offers a comprehensive review of all NCIDQ exam content areas. The Interior Design Reference Manual features include:. complete coverage of content areas for every division of the NCIDQ® Exam. updated for the IBC 2015 changes included in the exam.

an updated study schedule to keep your studies on track. over 200 figures in SI and U.S. Measurements to illustrate design details. study guidelines, exam tips, and tables to support exam preparation. an updated study schedule to organize study priorities Available with your purchase at - Receive 1 year eTextbook access with your print purchase.

Visit for more information. Exam Content Areas Covered. Design Concepts and Programming. Design Constraints. Building Systems and Construction. Research, Analysis, and Selection of Products and Details.

Communication and Documentation. Project and Business Management. (Review from my wife who used this book to study for her exam) This is the bible for studying for the NCIDQ exam. I read this chapter by chapter and took the accompanying chapter quizzes (which are unfortunately sold separately) and passed the written portions of NCIDQ with flying colors.

It certainly covers the material you need for the exam. Initially I thought just working in the industry for many years would be sufficient to take the exam but after talking to colleagues I learned that you need the study guides to understand 'NCIDQ language'. After taking the exam, I am glad I worked from this study guide because there were specific words/examples that I never used in daily practice but needed to know for the exam.

A couple of things that would make this a superior product - it should be sold in a three ring binder (I studied on public transit and didn't want to carry the whole book everywhere) and the chapter quizzes and practicum example should be included - it certainly costs enough and you really feel like you are getting ripped off to have to pay another $100+ for the practice tests. This huge tome covers the gamut of NCIDQ material, and does so with a fair amount of detail. A lot of books on design topics don't go into the nitty-gritty, but this is chock full of specific examples and illustrations. It's an excellent study guide and will continue to be a useful reference after you've aced those exams.

As is often the case with textbooks, many of you are thinking about the significant premium you'll pay for this over the 2010 edition. For someone just starting out, a hundred bucks can be a big deal.

As I have both the fifth and sixth editions, I'll compare them here: They are very similar in length, although the new edition packs in a little more information. The fifth edition features more white space, with a two-column layout and a bit greater line spacing. It has the edge in readability, albeit very slight. Some facts and numbers in the new edition have been updated to reflect more recent data.

How much effect this has on the sorts of questions that appear on the exams, I can't say for certain. But these updates seem relatively minor. The big change is that the book has undergone a major reorganization.

Its overall structure is set up to conform to the current sections of the exam. This, together with its use of teal headings and section side-tabs for clarity (the 5th edition has no color) makes it much easier to navigate.

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So, in a nutshell, the new edition is more than just a minor facelift, and I definitely recommend it, but you could probably make do with its predecessor in a pinch. My mother is an interior designer and I figured this tome would work as a helpful guide in her work. As someone who is first starting out in design this could be a little overwhelming but as someone who has had a small foundation of information laid out (Thanks to my mom!) the text wasn't too intimidating. The text is laid out perfectly.

It's definitely a well written guide that would be handy for students of interior design. My mom sat down with it for about two hours and let me know that she thinks this is a fantastic book that designers would probably love owning and having around for tips and info. Can't complain there! She's an expert in the field!:). Whether you are taking a class to refresh for the NCIDQ Exam or just studying up on your own, this book is essential for beefing up for the exam. It walks you through everything you need to know, helping you narrow down the things you need to study and giving you the information you need to do your best. The book is broken down into 6 categories: Design concepts, constraints, construction, products, communication and management.

It also explains how to register for the exam and what to expect. The book includes all of the codes, measurements, distances, definitions, drafting keys and concepts that you will need to know, illustrated with crisp renderings and drawings, just as you would expect. But even if you aren't expecting to take the exam soon, this book is incredibly useful for the designer. If you are like me, you have multiple books covering a range of topics that you need to reference. Books for construction materials, books on project management, maybe the NKBA standards.

This book compiles all of that in one handy place. That's nice for the test, but it is also super nice just for your day to day work. Need to remind yourself about the ideal tread/riser combo? Can't remember the types of lumber cuts? Super handy and extremely useful whether you are taking the exam or not. The 6th addition is the best yet, with more illustrations and updated standards to get you through the exam or just through your job.

Both the author and the publisher need to be credited with creating this superior text. Foremost, the text is brilliantly structured with a clear, logical progression. Moreover, it is absolutely comprehensive.

The wording is both concise and precise. The editing is immaculate. I did not locate a single typographical error.

Moreover, the author provides extensive references to websites that can offer additional information on any given topic. Much of this will be a quick review; nonetheless, there may be areas that expand on topics with which you have been struggling. Know that the text can be of assistance in both arenas. The publisher has taken pains to create a product that encourages learning.

The text is over-sized and the figures are large, clear, ample and extraordinary helpful. It is a small touch, but the binding allows for the text to be opened and remain in an open position. So, if one reaches an area that requires exploration of a website, one can set the book on a bed or table, use one's laptop and consult the book at the same time. The book does not close. I know that in my own research, I have always appreciated this.

(I hate keeping my finger in a book and typing with one hand.) The has been the preferred text for years. Yes, it is a bit of an investment, but do know that this text has been a valuable resource for literally decades. Purchase this and give yourself peace of mind as you prepare for the NCIDQ exam. I know; it's a lot of money. BUT you get in this book everything you need to know to pass the NCIDQ. This sixth edition is updated to include the 2012 IBC (International Building Code), and various industry standards including the ADA/ABA (Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines). And there is updated seismic detailing of ceiling systems and BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) This book covers the three NCIDQ exam sections: IDFX (Interior Design Fundamentals Exam) IDPX (Interior Design Professional Exam) and the Interior Design Practicum.

To account for overlapping in some exams the book is organized by interior design topic rather than by exam section. But to differentiate between the three tests, the various exams are tabbed by numbers. At 656 pages this book is thorough in every area. It can be a real investment, not just to pass the exam, but as a handy all-in-one resource. There is a very helpful, lengthy explanation of the exam in the intro of this book that may just be worth the price of the book by itself. If you're considering The Interior Design Reference Manual, it's probably because you're considering getting an NCIDQ certification.

It's carefully designed to map to the test, so for that end it's an indispensable tool. But if you're considering certification, you're probably thinking about the value that will bring to you. Certainly preparing for the exam will give you something important - an understanding of the various domains of knowledge needed to be effective in interior design. It's important to have some working knowledge of a wide range of areas, as the work of a designer builds on and relies on the work of other specialties.

The Interior Design Reference Manual gives you a good basic survey of a number of design and building areas, as well as areas more specific to interior design (such as lighting, finishes, woodworking). It's very useful to have a comprehensive presentation of the things you need to know. The challenge will be to use that knowledge, so that you reinforce it and add to it.

Otherwise, like so many other things you've learned in your life, you'll know it just long enough to take the test. You might also be considering whether to seek certification in terms of the career impact and value it will bring. It's worth doing a little work to evaluate which of the certifications in Interior Design to pursue, if any, and what value they bring to your career. Be sure to talk to some practicing designers, and ask them what makes a good designer, and what they look for when they hire new designers or assistants.

Here is a reference from another review that covers this book also: I did end up buying the reference manual and the flashcards. I would definitely buy the reference manual again, but not sure the flashcards are necessary. If you study well this way, it is an ok format to drill info in, however most of them are not simple one-answer questions.

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The answers are lists of several points that you may understand, but will never memorize & be able to rattle off. So essentially, you just read them as a condensed (and selective) version of the book.

It can be a good companion if you have lots of extra money to spend on this already incredibly expensive test. Also, I just took both multiple choice tests yesterday (IDPX & IDFX) and the amount of info I did NOT need to know what astounding. There were only a very small percentage of questions that actually referenced facts or written procedures.

Most of them were crazy scenarios that you just have to use your judgment to know the 'best' or 'most-correct' answer. Very frustrating!! A few of the straight information questions were not anywhere in the Ballast study material.

But as you know, the tests change every season and you will never know which few facts they will ask you - so you had better be familiar with all of them. Every question counts since their grading process is so crazy. To expand on this book specifically: even though it is quite expensive, it is a good thing to get since it pretty much condenses all of the information you need to know in one place. I did end up reviewing a separate code book, color theory book, ADA regulations & drafting/construction books, BUT the info in this reference manual is probably good enough to get a good handle on all of the areas you will need to know for the test. It is really good on the 'theory & design concept' sections and also the Contract Administration, Bidding & Management sections. There are very specific AIA & ASID regulations/guides/sequences to follow that are not always common to everyday practice, so this book did a good job of driving a lot of the important information in. The rest of the chapters have good informational overall review on the detailed stuff (lighting, acoustics, codes, drafting, etc.) however I did find a few discrepancies and saw where they neglected to cover some more detailed scenarios that would have been too difficult to skim.

Overall, I think it is enough info to pass the test (if all you needed was to know info - unfortunately its so much more than that!) The organization in the front is great. It separates the information you need to know by each section and each test and it gives you the weighted percentages that pertain to each test section. That can help you prioritize facts and study time. I did find that the organization of the Project and Business Management stuff was a little confusing at first. It is not chronological, but after you read it through a couple times and make your own notes, it makes sense. Well, now that I have found out that I have PASSED the IDFX and IDPX I thought I'd write the review on this book. I thought it was great, perfect for the test.

I read it cover to cover and took notes to go back and review/ study before the test. Some of the questions on the tests seemed to come right from the book, which is exactly what I'd hoped. I rented this book instead of buying it. Which I am very glad I did. While it is all good knowledge.

It is what it says it is. A study guide for the test.

So I don't really feel the need to keep it as a reference book to use at work. There are a lot of things they cover in this book that I would have never thought to study for and don't use in my job like determining the rentable area of a building and other topics. So I definitely recommend! This is a great book for studying for the NCIDQ exam but VERY little information has changed from previous versions. I had an old version that I bought for $5 and thought I should get the updated one before my test.

I saw very little difference. Save some money and buy and old version.

I also think the book doesn't help a ton for the PRAC other than using it as a reference if you need to look up info. If you are studying for the PRAC get your hands on some practice tests. That is the only helpful way to study in my opinion.

After you take a Prac practice test you will know exactly what you need to know. You definitely need this book to study for the exam, but as far as it being 'Everything You Need To Know To Pass the NCIDQ Exam' I totally disagree. There's a lot of missing information. Just from practice testing I've had to refer to my 2 other books for answers.because they weren't found in this one. I also find his writing style to be confusing at times for example - 'There are two main areas of a project's specifications where sustainability issues are addressed. The first is Division 01, General Requirements, and the second is in all of the individual technical sections that cover specific materials and construction elements.'

What a ridiculous way to describe 'the two main sections' sustainability requirements are listed. There are instances like this throughout. The amount of missing specific information is really incredible. Conclusion: you have to buy as a guide, but get supplemental materials as well for areas in which you may not be as experienced. Currently studying for both IDFX and IDPX which I take in 2 weeks time.

I also have the flash cards. As someone who has worked in the industry for 18 years, I have the opinion of a lot of this not being realistic to the 'real life' in the actual design profession. A lot of the content deals will design philosophy, psychology, theories, etc just like what I learned many years ago back in design school. So I'm having to keep an open mind and decide if the book is more true than actual experience and what to answer on the test.

I do find it useful to brush up on rusty, weak areas. I found some of the illustrations could have an improvement. For example a door schedule or finish schedule to actually correlate with the plan, etc.

As if it came from the same set of CD's (project) instead just samples from different CD's (projects). The book refers a lot to cigarette smoldering and fire potential, yet no one can smoke in public buildings anymore in most states, it seams like the testing standards regarding cigarettes are so outdated (unrealistic).

OK Let's get this straight right out of the gate: I HATE that textbooks are so expensive. This one too. Now that's out of the way: so far this book is telling me everything I've needed to pass the NCIDQ.

I've done the IDFX so far and am studying for the other two currently, and after seeing how the IDFX went I'm pretty confident that this will help with the other two. This book is designed for the NCIDQ.

It does give tips on how to take the tests as well. There are typos, and sections that aren't explained very clearly. Some bits of information seem to contradict each other but that's most often because the descriptions have very subtle differences that take some dissecting. Even with that, this book is informative enough that I know I'll be referencing it for years after the tests have passed. This book was required for the NCIDQ Study course (6 weeks) I took after finishing interior design school. As a new graduate, I am able to take the IDFX section right after graduation. I will be required to get work experience prior to taking the other two portions of the exam.

This book was great for going over various components of the IDFX (Fundamentals) exam. This book was a great review of what I learned in school. It also was a refresher of what I had forgotten from school. Overall, this was a great book.

The reason I did not give it a 5 was that the practice tests given in the class had a few questions with answers that seemed contradictory or were sometimes wrong enough our instructor said she would contact NCIDQ for clarification. I would definitely recommend this book for studying for the NCIDQ or for refreshing your knowledge of what you learned in interior design school. This book is an absolute MUST if you are taking the NCIDQ; it has most of the basic knowledge you will need, but I would recommend supplementing your studying with a class as well. I read this book front to back, and then read several chapters again.

I took notes summarizing the chapters as I went to help focus my studying. It is unfortunately not all-inclusive. There were items on my multiple choice sections that the book hadn't even touched, but it does cover a lot of it. I passed all three sections of the NCIDQ on my first try with this book, supplemented with a class offered by IIDA. I was in the last group to take the Practicum by hand, so I can't speak to that portion of the exam anymore, but I will say I think taking a class for that portion is more helpful, as it will help to cover the strategies needed to pass that portion.

The book only really covers the information, but not necessarily how to implement that information for the practicum, if that makes sense. - Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam offers a comprehensive review of all NCIDQ content areas. The two multiple-choice sections of the NCIDQ Examination are changing to a computer-based format. Use the study guidelines, exam tips, and tables throughout. Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ® Exam. Interior Design Reference Manual: Everything You Need to Know to Pass the NCIDQ Exam offers a comprehensive review of all NCIDQ content areas.

The two multiple-choice sections of the NCIDQ Examination are changing to a computer-based format. Use the study guidelines, exam tips, and tables throughout the book simplify your exam preparation. Exam Content Areas Covered. Design Concepts and Programming. Design Constraints. Building Systems and Construction.

Research, Analysis, and Selection of Products and Details. Communication and Documentation. Project and Business Management.