The Examination Board asks successful candidates to relate their experiences preparing/studying for the written test. Here are some responses.
I not only brushed up on my existing knowledge, but also learned new facts in history and business relations. I now have a “wider angle view” on the design process as a business, not only as a visual and communication art.
I studied from most of the books on the reading list provided and some other design books I had. I found some information was a refresher but I did learn some new things. A main challenge was finding enough time to study, given that I have a very hectic work schedule.
The most rewarding part of preparing for the exam as that I found myself implementing the information I was studying into design situations at work. Refreshing my knowledge of design principles and even design history enhanced the way I approached a project. Another reward was going through the RGD Professional Handbook. It gave me more insight into the business aspect of graphic design which I did not realize was so extensive and I became more appreciative of my employer’s responsibilities.
Studying was interesting – to say the least. It had been a while since the last time I cracked open the books and I worked hard for a test. I would say the biggest challenge was finding the time. I was commuting 3 or so hours a day to work, putting in a solid day, and then coming home to study. The rewards however were great. It has been few years since I opened up the Meggs book (The History of Graphic Design). It was great review. Learning the business practices in a more detailed way was great – especially for someone interested in starting a business in the next few years.
I was very happy to hear that the questions were multiple choice. This way of testing made us all equal. Either you knew the information (or could look it up) or you did not. Short answers or essay questions would be affected by how nervous and intimidated the applicants were and an applicant could misunderstand the question and not find out until he/she sees the results.
The individuals presiding over the test were veryhelpful and thoughtful of the applicants’ needs.
It is not as intimidating as it all sounds.