The written test component of the Exam has undergone significant changes to make the experience more enriching, satisfying and stimulating.
The first major change is a reduction in the overall number of questions that sees the time to write now stand at 1.5 hours. Reductions in questions included cutting the History section, which now focuses entirely on graphic design in the 20th century.
The second major change is a completely new Principles section based on suggested texts by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips (Graphic Design: The New Basics) and Timothy Samara (Chapter 3 of Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual). This section is now Closed so no texts or study references may be used when completing the section. (History and Research remain open book sections.)
The third major change is an overhaul of all of the Technology sections (incorporating accessible design questions) and a new set of options. Candidates may now choose to write one of the following: Print Technology, Interactive Technology, Packaging Technology, Environmental Graphic Design Technology or, for those not involved in technology due to their more senior role, Studio Management.