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The down and dirty of the LEED Professional exam

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The LEED Professional exams, for both the LEED Green Associate and the LEED AP with specialty, accurately assess your ability to carry out the responsibilities of an individual supporting LEED certification. 

What else? All LEED Professional exams are valid and reliable. This means the exam is able to measure what it is supposed to measure, and it accurately measures a candidate’s skills. 

The basics

All LEED exams assess candidates’ abilities at three hierarchical cognitive levels: recall, application, and analysis.

  • Recall items: assess your ability to recall factual material that is presented in a similar context to the exam references.
  • Application items: provide you with a novel problem or scenario that the candidate can solve using familiar principles or procedures described in the exam references.
  • Analysis items: assess your ability to break the problem down into its components to create a solution. You must not only recognize the different elements of the problem, but must also evaluate the relationship or interactions of these elements.

Additionally, beginning on June 30, 2014, exams will test v4 material. Unlike previous test specifications which focused solely on the knowledge domains like, "What does a LEED professional need to know?" the LEED v4 test specifications will also focus on task domains like, "What does a LEED professional need to do?" Thus, the exams will test what a LEED professional needs to do and what they need to know in order to do it safely and effectively.

The exams are comprised of both scored and unscored items. All items are delivered randomly and item status is not disclosed, so you should respond to all the items. Unscored items gather data to inform whether an item should be scored on future exams.

The format

The exams are computer-based, with questions and answer options displayed on screen. The computer records your responses and times your exam. You are able to change your answers, skip questions, and flag questions for later review.

  • Green Associate: this exam is comprised of 100 randomly delivered multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 2 hours. Total  time is 2 hours and 20 minutes including a tutorial and short satisfaction survey.
  • LEED AP: this exam is comprised of two parts (Green Associate exam + specialty exam), each part contains 100 randomly delivered multiple-choice questions and each part must be completed in 2 hours. Total time is 4 hours and 20 minutes including a tutorial and short satisfaction survey.

Exam language

English is the primary language for the exams. However, translation aids are available for some exams in the languages listed in the table below. The use of translators or foreign-language dictionaries during the exam will not be permitted, nor will additional time to complete the exam.

Exam translation aid availability

Chinese Spanish Portuguese Arabic French
LEED Green Associate (2009) Now Now Now   Now
LEED AP BD+C (2009) Now Now Now   Now
LEED AP O+M (2009) Now Now Now    
LEED Green Associate (v4) June 30 June 30 June 30 June 30 June 30
LEED AP BD+C (v4) June 30 June 30 June 30 June 30 June 30
LEED AP O+M (v4) June 30 June 30 June 30 June 30 June 30

 

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