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NCIDQ PREP / Workshop
The Maryland Chapter does two (2) workshops per year; generally in Winter and Summer.  The 20 hours of instruction over a 2-1/2-day period afford participants opportunity to experience practice exams patterned after the newest NCIDQ and, with the guidance of experienced instructors, determine which areas require further preparation.

Day 1: 7 hours – Discuss the exam in general, Exam Content, Practicum Day Schedule, Supplies, Scoring the Practicum, NCIDQ Codes, The Space Planning Process and a Walk-through of each of the 7 exercises and participants will become familiar with the format, directions and approach for each.

Day 2 – 9 hours – Participants will perform a full 8-hour practice test utilizing a previous NCIDQ exam which will be provided to you. This allows the participants to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and thus how they can utilize their remaining preparation time efficiently.   The test will be followed by a short critique.

Day 3 – 4 hours – The exercises not critiqued on Day 2, will be done on Day 3.  Depending on time availability, multiple choice testing tips will be reviewed.

Note:  The NCIDQ Prep Workshop is a replacement for the ASID STEP Workshop.  ASID no longer offers STEP.

With NCIDQ PREP, sample questions are not done, but the content for the new IDFX and IDPX exams, along with strategies for studying and taking the test.  The vast majority of the workshop is in preparation for the PRACTICUM, Section 3.

Instructor: Cheryl DiMenna, ASID – has taught this practicum class for more than 18 years and is very knowledgeable with the new exam format.

Class size is limited to 15 participants. 

The Next NCIDQ PREP will be in February 2016.  Please keep checking back for update on the date for 2016.



Additional QUESTIONS, should be sent to Alexandria Small, ASID at

Please submit your registration forms to

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ASID Maryland
PO Box 322
Eldersburg, MD 21784

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