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Prepare for your LEED Green Associate Exam

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Congratulations on taking your first step toward earning your LEED Green Associate! The key to earning a LEED Green Associate is a thorough understanding of green building and LEED.

Access the candidate handbook for exam policies and procedures

The LEED v4 exam is based on the following text specifications and references. The exam questions reflect Task Domains and Knowledge Domains.

Task Domains: Task Domains reflect the tasks necessary to perform LEED safely and effectively. These include concepts such as LEED Project and Team Coordination, LEED Certification Process, Analyses Required for LEED Credits, and Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System.

  • LEED Green Associate Tasks (100%)

Knowledge Domains: Knowledge Domains reflect the rating systems’ credit categories and what one needs to know.These include concepts such as LEED Process, Integrative Strategies, LEED credit categories, and Project Surroundings and Public Outreach.

  • LEED Process (16 questions)
  • Integrative Strategies (8 questions)
  • Location and Transportation (7 questions)
  • Sustainable Sites (7 questions)
  • Water Efficiency (9 questions)
  • Energy and Atmosphere (10 questions)
  • Materials and Resources (9 questions)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (8 questions)
  • Project Surroundings and Public Outreach (11 questions)

References

The primary sources for the development of the LEED professional exams are the LEED rating systems. The following list of references is not meant to be comprehensive. When combined with the test specifications, the candidate has the material from which the exam is based.

The LEED Green Associate Exam is designed to test the general knowledge of green building practices and how to support other professionals working on LEED projects.

Please note: LEED professional exams are updated on July 1 of every year; this update incorporates LEED addenda published through January of the same year. Additionally, no exams will be offered from June 15-June 30 of each year.

Sample Questions

These sample questions were discarded in the process of creating items for the new LEED Green Associate exam. The items are provided for your convenience to allow you to better familiarize yourself with the format and general content of items on the exam. Correct answers are marked with an asterisk*.

  1. When applying for innovation credits, a project team
    A. Cannot submit any previously awarded innovation credit.
    B. May receive credit for performance that doubles a credit requirement threshold.*
    C. May submit a product or strategy that is being used in an existing LEED credit.
    D. May receive a credit for each LEED Accredited Professional that is on the project team.

  2. A developer wants to make a profit by building a new office that maximizes daylighting and views. What actions might the developer take to fulfill all parts of the triple bottom line?
    A. Restore habitat onsite
    B. Purchase ergonomic furniture
    C. Pursue local grants and incentives
    D. Provide lighting controllability for occupants*

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., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning LEED credentials. I would recommend taking the exams separately. However, here are some pros and cons that help inform your decision: Pros: 1. The combined exam offers a direct path to earning the LEED AP with specialty (e.g., LEED AP BD+C). 2. You may find it convenient to test on the same day. There is a normal delay in posting your exam results to registering for the next exam seating. Cons: 1. This could require more studying at one time. 2. You must pass both parts to earn the specialty. This is true, even if you pass the specialty exam (part 2) and fail the Green Associate exam (part 1). However, if you take the specialty exam and only pass part 1, you can become a Green Associate. Finally, you can learn more about the LEED Green Associate exam here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. You can learn more about the specialty credentials in the respective candidate handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/search/candidate%20handbooks. Good luck!
Hi I am wanting to attain LEED Green Associate credential. I am based out of Pakistan. How and where can I sit for the the exam?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential! You may take LEED exams at any Prometric test center. In Pakistan, it appears there is one testing center in Lahore: 8783: LAHORE, PAKISTAN#8783, PROMETRIC TESTING CENTER LAHORE, Inside F.C. (Forman Christian) College. However, you may consult the Prometric website for any location that may be equally or more convenient for you: www.prometric.com/gbci. Good luck!
Hi. I am planning to take up the exam for LEED GA in the month of September this year. I had a look at the manual for the study material and am thinking of purchasing the Green Building and LEED Core concepts v3 book. Had a quick question before I made the purchase. You have an update July 1 of every year. How drastically is the book going to change? Will there be a different version of the book released after this year's July 1 release? Or will there be updates to this version posted as an article? If there will be a newer version of the book, I would wait for it to get released and purchase that. What would you recommend. Your thoughts on this please. Thanks, Jayashree
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! The LEED v4 study materials and references will stay the same. If you are planning to take your exam in 2015, you may elect to consult and study all of the references in candidate handbook and the LEED v4 addenda through January 2015. The LEED Green Associate candidate handbook details the references used to write the exam questions: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Please also consider other references and resources available to understand LEED through our website, especially Education @USGBC (usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc) and LEED Projects (http://usgbc.org/projects). Good luck!
Architectural Designer, Project Design group
Hi,I am preparing now to get the study materials and to have my GA Exam in July ,are any changes is going to occur in the 2nd half of june which may affect my study ? is it better to wait till July to get the new materials?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! The LEED v4 study materials and references will be staying the same. If you are planning to take your exam in 2015, you may elect to consult and study all of the references in candidate handbook and the LEED v4 addenda through January 2015. The LEED Green Associate candidate handbook details the references used to write the exam questions: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Please also consider other references and resources available to understand LEED through our website, especially Education @USGBC (usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc) and LEED Projects (http://usgbc.org/projects). Good luck!
Interior Designer, Design
Can someone explain the scoring system of LEED Green Associate exam.. Is it that you would score 125 minimum in any scenario? but then how many points is each question for?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! All LEED® Professional exams are scored between 125 and 200. A score of 170 or higher is required to pass. Your exam score will be displayed on screen at the end of the exam and you will receive a printed report of your results from test center staff. For the LEED AP® combined exams, you must earn a 170 or higher on both parts within the same application period to earn the credential. A candidate has three chances to meet the minimum competency scaled score of 170 for any given LEED professional credentialing exam section within the one year their application is active. If someone earns between 125 and 169, they have earned some questions correctly but not enough to achieve the cut score for that exam form. The cut score means the score that the minimally qualified candidate should achieve given that exam form. Because we have several versions of each LEED professional credentialing exam section, the correct questions needed to earn a 170 passing score or better will vary by difficulty of the exam section version. Psychometric and subject matter experts develop every LEED exam to be a valid, fair credentialing exam with a defensible passing score. For more information, please consult the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook
If the Exam is updated every July 1, does that mean that the study guides and materials change as well? I don't want to purchase material that is not current.
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