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Check out our top Help Center answers on the LEED Green Associate exam.

Looking for a way to stand out in today’s job market? Become a LEED Green Associate and signal to the industry at large that you’re all in: committed to sustainable, high-performance buildings and invested in your career for the long term.

Passing your LEED Green Associate exam lets you demonstrate fluency and expertise in today’s standard green building principles and practices. For many, it’s the first step before pursuing advanced credentials, such as the LEED AP with specialty.

Here’s the skinny on the test: it involves 100 multiple-choice questions that you have two hours to answer on a computer. There are no eligibility requirements to sit for the exam. The test costs $200 for USGBC members, $100 for students and $250 for all others.

Below, we’ve rounded up the top five FAQs in our Help Center about the exam. Seeking additional resources? Download the LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook, which includes study references and sample questions, and check out our new, two-week study plan.  

1. How do I register for and schedule the test?

The USGBC Credentials page has information on how to register for the exam. Once registered, you’ll be able to schedule your test session at a nearby Prometric testing center.

Exam sessions are available year-round. To locate your nearest testing center and view availability, please visit and select “Locate.”

2. What is the minimum score I need to receive to pass?

A candidate must earn a scaled score of 170. The scaled score for all GBCI exams ranges from 125 to 200.

The scaled score is calculated by taking the candidate’s raw score (total number of questions) and mapping it onto a standardized scale between 125 and 200, with the minimum competency threshold always mapped to a scaled score of 170.

Scaled scoring is used as a best practice to manage and report the potential differences in difficulty across different exam forms.

3. How soon will I receive the results from my exam?

Candidates will receive the results at the test center immediately following the test.

4. Can I retake the exam if I fail?

If your attempt was unsuccessful, you may register again in the same way as initial registration. After three unsuccessful attempts, however, you must wait 90 days before submitting a new registration to GBCI.

5. Can I see the questions I missed on the test?

GBCI does not release exam content or answers or allow candidates to review proprietary content.

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