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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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348 commentsLeave a comment

Director of Education, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Saba, GBRI has free resources here for the GA exam including practice questions. https://www.gbrionline.org/leedv4-exam-important-things-to-know/ Hope this helps! Kayla
Architect, MMArqs
Hello, I understand that there are 15 questions under the category of "pretest questions", in the Green Associate Exam. Could someone please explain what are the contents of those remaining questions? Thank you, Maria
Interior Designer, Design
Hi.. This is how its been divided..hope this helps. 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)
Architect, MMArqs
Hi! Thank you for repplying Savita! If you add up all those, it gives you a total of 85 questions, and the exam contains 100. That leaves 15 more questions uncategorized. In the handbook they call those questions "pretest questions". I'd like to know what are they about, if anyone knows!
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest earning the LEED Green Associate exam! We are unable to disclose the content of those specific pretest questions. We want to ensure that they are fair questions before they count towards any candidate score. All of the pre-test questions will fall within the test specifications and references in candidate handbook: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Good luck!
Interior Designer, Design
Hi, I have 2 weeks left for my LEED Green Associate exam and I'm preparing from the study material ordered from USGBC (Leed Green Associate Exam Prep Guide LEED V4 edition & Core concepts guide), also sample tests from Greenlearner.com. Can you please advice if this would be enough to prepare for the exam ?
Director of Education, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
Hi Savita, It looks like you're on track; USGBC Education Partner GBRI has free resources including additional practice questions located here Hi Russ, as a USGBC Education Partner, GBRI has launched an All -inclusive LEED O+M Exam Prep Program that comes with self paced modules, study notes, practice tests, Mocks exams, flash cards, etc. You may attend the exam prep either live online, on-demand or in-person. www.gbrionline.org/leed-exam-preparation Hope this helps! Good luck
Interior Designer, Design
Thanks a lot Kayla.
Architect, University of Southern California
Hi, what is the best online sample question to make me ready for GA?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate. We have a wide variety of resources to help you prepare for the exam. This article contains important links for the LEED Green Associate exam, including the candidate handbook, sample questions and recommendations for study materials (a course and publications): http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-green-associate-v4-exam-pre.... Good luck!
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