LEED expert Charlie Cichetti tells you how to pass the LEED AP BD+C Exam the first time. Charlie has taken and passed every LEED exam, including the LEED AP BD+C. In this recorded webinar, Charlie reviews what new construction vocabulary to memorize, with BD+C exam tips and frequently asked questions. Get ready for the LEED AP BD+C exam with GBES.
LEED AP BD+C Exam tips
Review each of the core categories, with the level of detail you need to know to pass. The LEED AP BD+C Exam is more technical than the LEED Green Associate exam, with questions that test your knowledge of specific prerequisite and credit requirements. All content on the exam is updated to the LEED v4 Rating systems, so you will need to make sure you are using the latest version 4 study tools. See the bottom of this page for our Top 10 LEED AP BD+C Exam Tips.
Study Session Handouts
These are very helpful resources for studying for the LEED AP BD+C v4 Exam. Make sure to download and review in detail:
- LEED AP BD+C Candidate Handbook (2992 downloads) – this document will tell you what you need to know about the exam itself – how to register, where to take the exam, what to expect on exam day, how the exam is structured, and more.
- LEED AP BD+C Credits Table (196 downloads) – this spreadsheet by USGBC lays out each category in the BD+C Rating System, with each prerequisite and credit showing how many points the credits are worth.
- LEED AP BD+C Ratings System (3203 downloads) – The rating system document is the quick written description of each prerequisite and credit – with intent and requirements. This is not as in depth as the full LEED v4 Reference Guide, which includes detailed strategies and calculations for each prerequisite and credit. The Reference Guide is a guide for working a real LEED project, but the Rating System document is all you should need to study and pass the LEED AP BD+C exam.
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Top 10 LEED AP BD+C Study Tips:
1. Download the free LEED AP BD+C Candidate Handbook and review the Exam Specifications This will help you direct your studies appropriately. This section gives you two sample questions (which you might see on your exam, wink, wink) as well as how many questions you will see from each LEED category. Then check out GBES’ Free Resources available.
2. Review the LEED v4 New Construction Scorecard. It is a helpful tool because on the BD+C exam you will see a handful of calculations. Also, there are some memory recall questions about specific LEED credit requirements and thresholds. You must master the LEED v4 BD+C rating system, and the LEED checklist aka scorecard will help.
3. Schedule an exam date. Seriously, pick a date two or three months out to motivate you to study. Having a test date on the calendar will ensure you keep a good study pace. A bonus tip, pick a time when your brain is most effective. For most people, it is early in the morning. Don’t pick a time after a long day at work when your brain is tired.
4. Utilize our practice test questions, if you can. Our practice tests are very similar to your actual exam and are a beneficial tool for determining what to study and how to approach each question.
5. Figure out how you learn best. If you are a visual learner, perhaps it would be best to focus your studies on reading our study guide. If you are an auditory learner, you probably should utilize our video training collection and reinforce that learning with mp3 audio while on your commute or in your spare time. If you are not a “crammer,” allow plenty of time for studying.
6. Eat a good breakfast the day of the exam. Having a protein-rich meal and orange juice is best. Studies show that having sufficient protein in your stomach (don’t overeat and test during a food-coma) supplies your brain with the power it needs. Your brain only makes up a small percentage of your body weight but uses 20% of your body’s electrical power. Fuel it up for the best test results.
7. Do a “brain dump” in the computer lab before you begin your test. You will have 10 minutes before your 2-hour test time limit begins to get familiar with the computer and testing software. Familiarize yourself with how the test software works, then use the remaining time before you begin your test to write down as many things as you can remember that you think will be helpful on your exam. It will boost confidence going into your exam and help avoid confusion when you see trick questions on your exam. You can reference your “brain dump” and be confident in the fact that they haven’t tricked you.
8. Skip difficult questions until the end. 15 of the 100 questions are unscored; so, if you come across a very difficult one, mark it and come back to it at the end. Spend more time on the ones you know and use what remaining time you have at the end on the most difficult ones. That way, you don’t lose confidence as you go through the exam. Plus, there is a good chance that question won’t even count against you. Important Note: answer every question. The tip here is to skip them at first but then go back and answer or guess at the end. Leaving a question unanswered automatically counts as a wrong answer.
9. At the end of the exam, only review questions that you marked. Usually, your gut instinct is right; so, don’t change answers unless you are sure you mismarked it the first time. Your “gut feel” is your subconscious trying to tell you the right answer; so, your first guess is usually your best one.
10. Always choose the best answer. Sometimes there are multiple “right” answers; so, always choose the best answer. The USGBC priorities best answers in the following order:
I. Reducing Carbon Emissions (for example a Location and Transportation strategy is better than a water reduction strategy because keeping cars off the road reduces carbon emissions).
II. Reducing Ozone Depletion
III. Improving Air Quality
IV. Preserving Water
V. Protecting Ecosystems
VI. Protecting Natural Resources
VII. Promoting Local Economies and Transparency