LEED Green Associate exam: The basics
Updated January 2017
The LEED Green Associate demonstrates a solid understanding of green building principles and practices. Here are the basics about the exam.
All LEED exams are developed and regularly updated by a global network of Subject Matter Experts and meet the specifications of a job analysis.
The exams assess your abilities at three hierarchical cognitive levels: recall, application and analysis.
Recall: These items assess a your ability to recall factual material that is presented in a similar context to the exam references.
Application: These items provide a novel problem or scenario that you can solve using familiar principles or procedures described in the exam references.
Analysis: These 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.
The LEED Green Associate exam is comprised of one part, which contains 100 randomly delivered multiple choice questions and must be completed in 2 hours (additional time will not be provided). There is also an optional 10 minute tutorial and an optional 10 minute exit survey. Please note that if you exit the exam session, the exam cannot be restarted and the exam session and fee are forfeited.
The questions are scored and unscored, but they are delivered randomly and you are not informed of their status, so you should respond to all questions. Unscored questions are used to inform whether the item should be scored on future exams.
Additionally, the exam is computer-based with questions and answers displayed on screen. The computer records answers and times the exam. You are able to change your answers, skip questions, and flag questions for later review.
While taking your exam, you leave comments on a question by clicking the Comment button on the bottom of the screen. Be sure to inform GBCI that you have left comments on your exam.
The primary language for the LEED Green Associate exam is English.
Translation is offered solely as an aid to non-native English speakers and is currently provided in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. The use of translators or foreign-language dictionaries during the examination will not be permitted.
For candidates who have elected to test with an available translation, the exam will be presented with a split screen. The English question and answer choices will be on the right, and the corresponding translation will appear on the left.