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Welcome to the online store for the ARE Mock Exam series, LEED Exam Guides Series and other great books on Green Buildings, LEED exams prep (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), ARE (Architect Registration Exam), Building Construction and Architecture, Planning, as well as Interior Design and Construction and more!

 

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See the lower portion of this page for literature work of documentary published by ArchiteG, Inc.

See link below for all Gang Chen's published books on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001JS00RK  

Tips on How to Pass the Exam on the First Try and in One Week and Responses to Some of the Readers' Questions

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Published Books:

1. LEED Green Associate Exam Guide (LEED v4 GA): Comprehensive Study Materials, Sample Questions, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability

ISBN-13: 9781612650180 

This  became #1 bestseller for LEED and Green Buildings on Amazon.com shortly after its publication, and it is still one of the bestsellers. Many of you ask us for the updated version for our LEED books. Your wait is over: "LEED Green Associate Exam Guide (LEED v4 GA)" has been published!


2. LEED GA Mock Exams (LEEED v4): Questions, Answers, and Explanations: A Must-Have for the LEED Green Associate Exam, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability. Book 2: Green Associate Exam Guide Series. (Published on 6/23/2014)

This book is a companion to LEED Green Associate Exam Guide (LEED GA).

3. Architectural Practice Simplified: A Survival Guide and Checklists for Building Construction and Site Improvements as well as Tips on Architecture, Building Design, Construction and Project Management (Published on 12/11/2009)

http://outskirtspress.com/agent.php?key=11011&page=architecturalpracticesimplified

 

The 2nd edition of "Architectural Practice Simplified" has been published!

We have created a new cover and new title for the 2nd edition. It is selling at a special promotional price:

4. Planting Design Illustrated: A Must-Have for Landscape Architecture: A Holistic Garden Design Guide with Architectural and Horticultural Insight, and Ideas from Famous Gardens in Major Civilizations (2nd edition, published on 12/23/2009)

http://outskirtspress.com/agent.php?key=11011&page=plantingdesignillustrated

The 1st edition of this book became #1 bestseller for Planting Design on Amazon.com in July, 2007, and it is still one of the bestsellers. It is also a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist. The 2nd edition is an improved and expanded edition.


5. LEED v4 BD&C EXAM GUIDE: A Must-Have for the LEED AP BD+C Exam: Study Materials, Sample Questions, Green Building Design and Construction, LEED Certification, and Sustainability

ISBN: 9781612650173

This book became #1 bestseller for LEED BD+C on Amazon.com shortly after its publication, and it is still one of the bestsellers.

"LEED BD&C Exam Guide" has been a tremendous success. Per the readers' request, we have split it into two books, and updated them with the latest USGBC LEED addenda. Each of the new books is more affordable, and you just need to buy the portion you need. Both books have been published.

1) The first book, LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam,  includes 200 mock exam questions (Updated to LEED v4). Check it out:

2) The second book, LEED v4 BD&C Exam Guide (2nd Edition),  includes the LEED AP BD+C exam guide portion PLUS 40 sample questions (Updated to LEED v4). Check it out:

 

6. LEED v4 AP ID+C MOCK EXAM: Questions, Answers, and Explanations: A Must-Have for the LEED AP ID+C Exam, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability

ISBN-13: 9781612650319



7. LEED ID&C Exam Guide: A Must-Have for the LEED AP ID+C Exam: Study Materials, Sample Questions, Mock Exam, Green Interior Design and Construction, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability, Book 4, LEED Exam Guides Series, LEEDSeries.com (Published on 3/8/2010)

This book became #1 bestseller for LEED ID+C on Amazon.com shortly after its publication, and it is still one of the bestsellers.

Per the request of the readers, we have split this book into two books. You can buy this book as a "combo" of LEED ID&C Exam Guide & Mock Exam, or buy either of the following books:

LEED ID&C Exam Guide (2nd Edition, ISBN-13: 9781612650074)


8. LEED v4 AP O+M MOCK EXAM: Questions, Answers, and Explanations: A Must-Have for the LEED AP O+M Exam, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability

ISBN-13: 9781612650302

 9. Using FREE Scribus Software to Create Professional Presentations: Book Covers, Magazine Covers, Graphic Designs, Posters, Newsletters, Renderings, and More (Full Color Edition), Published December 12, 2010.

10. Project Planning & Design (PPD) ARE 5.0 Mock Exam (Architect Registration Examination): ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Hot Spots, Case Studies, Drag-and-Place, Solutions and Explanations.

ISBN: 9781612650296  



11. Project Development & Documentation (PDD) ARE 5 Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam): ARE 5 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Hot Spots, Case Studies, Drag-and-Place, Solutions and Explanations

ISBN: 9781612650258


12. Construction & Evaluation (CE) ARE 5.0 Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam):

ARE 5.0 Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Hot Spots, Case Studies, Drag-and-Place, Solutions and Explanations

ISBN: 9781612650241

13. Construction Documents and Service (CDS) ARE Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations.

ISBN: 9781612650005


14. Building Design and Construction Systems (BDCS) ARE Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations. ISBN: 9781612650029.  In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days.

Click on here to purchase BDCS Mock Exam on bn.com

15.Building Systems (BS) ARE Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations.

ISBN: 9781612650036. In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days.

Click on here to purchase BS Mock Exam on bn.com

16. Schematic Design (SD) ARE Mock Exam (Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations

ISBN:   9781612650050. In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days.

17.Programming, Planning & Practice ARE Mock Exam (PPP of Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations

ISBN-13: 9781612650067     

18.Site Planning & Design ARE Mock Exam (SPD of Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations

ISBN-13:  9781612650111

 19. Structural Systems ARE Mock Exam (SS of Architect Registration Exam): ARE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, Multiple-Choice Questions and Graphic Vignettes, Solutions and Explanations

 ISBN-13: 9781612650012  

 20. Mock California Supplemental Exam (CSE of Architect Registration Exam): CSE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, General Section and Project Scenario Section, Questions, Solutions and Explanations

ISBN: 9781612650159     

 

 

 

21. Sheet Music for Album No. 1, Your Eyes Have Told Me Everything: Music Scores & Lyrics in English & in Chinese for the Love Songs by Gang Chen Series

ISBN: 9781612650166

 

 

 

Upcoming Books:

Note: Other books in the LEED Exam Guides Series are currently in production. One book will eventually be produced for each of the LEED exams. The upcoming books include:

LEED AP O+M EXAM GUIDE: A Must-Have for the LEED AP+ Building Operations and Maintenance Exam: Study Materials, Sample Questions, Mock Exam, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability, Book 5, LEED Exam Guides Series, LEEDSeries.com

LEED AP HOMES EXAM GUIDE: A Must-Have for the LEED AP+ Homes Exam: Study Materials, Sample Questions, Mock Exam, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability, Book 6, LEED Exam Guides Series, LEEDSeries.com

 LEED AP ND EXAM GUIDE: A Must-Have for the LEED AP+ Neighborhood Development Exam: Study Materials, Sample Questions, Mock Exam, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability, Book 7, LEED Exam Guides Series, LEEDSeries.com

LEED Exam Guides Series: Comprehensive Study Materials, Sample Questions, Mock Exam, Building LEED Certification and Going Green

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most important trend of development, and it is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment. From LEED Exam Guides Series, you will learn how to

1. Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam and various LEED AP + exams (each book will help you with a specific LEED exam).

2. Register and certify a building for LEED certification.

3. Understand the intent for each LEED prerequisite and credit.

4. Calculate points for a LEED credit.

5. Identify the responsible party for each prerequisite and credit.

6. Earn extra credit (exemplary performance) for LEED.

7. Implement the local codes and building standards for prerequisites and credit.

8. Receive points for categories not yet clearly defined by USGBC.

There is currently NO official book on the LEED Green Associate Exam, and most of the existing books on LEED and LEED AP are too expensive and too complicated to be practical and helpful. The pocket guides in LEED Exam Guides Series fill in the blanks, demystify LEED, and uncover the tips, codes, and jargon for LEED as well as the true meaning of "going green." They will set up a solid foundation and fundamental framework of LEED for you. Each book in the LEED Exam Guides Series covers every aspect of one or more specific LEED rating system(s) in plain and concise language and makes this information understandable to all people.

These pocket guides are small and easy to carry around. You can read them whenever you have a few extra minutes. They are indispensable books for all people?administrators; developers; contractors; architects; landscape architects; civil, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers; interns; drafters; designers; and other design professionals.

Why is the LEED Exam Guide series needed?

A number of books are available that you can use to prepare for the LEED exams. Consider the following:

1.  USGBC reference guides. You need to select the correct version of the reference guide for your exam.

The USGBC reference guides are comprehensive, but they give too much information. For example, The LEED  Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction (v4 for BD&C) has approximately 817 oversized pages. Many of the calculations in the books are too detailed for the exam. The books are also expensive (approximately $250 each, so most people may not buy them for their personal use, but instead, will seek to share an office copy).

Reading a reference guide from cover to cover is good if you have the time. The problem is that very few people actually have the time to read the whole reference guide. Even if you do read the whole guide, you may not remember the important issues required to pass the LEED exam. You need to reread the material several times before you can remember much of it.

Reading a reference guide from cover to cover without a guidebook is a difficult and inefficient way of preparing for the LEED exams, because you do NOT know what USGBC and GBCI are looking for in the exam.

2.  The USGBC workshops and related handouts are concise, but they do not cover extra credits (exemplary performance). The workshops are expensive, costing approximately $450 each.

3. Various books published by third parties are available on Amazon. However, most of them are not very helpful.

There are many books on LEED, but not all are useful.
 
Each book in the LEED Exam Guide series will fill in the blanks and become a valuable, reliable source.

a. They will give you more information for your money. Each of the books in the LEED Exam Guide series provides more information than the related USGBC workshops.

b. They are exam-oriented and more effective than the USGBC reference guides.

c. They are better than most, if not all, of the other third-party books. They give you comprehensive study materials, sample questions and answers, mock exams and answers, and critical information on building LEED certification and going green. Other third-party books only provide a fraction of this information.

d. They are comprehensive yet concise, small, and easy to carry around. You can read them whenever you have a few spare minutes.

e. They are great timesavers. I have highlighted the important information that you need to understand and MEMORIZE. I also make some acronyms and short sentences to help you easily remember the credit names.

You should devote about 1 to 2 weeks of full-time study to pass each of the LEED exams. I have met people who have spent only 40 hours of study time and passed the exams.

You can find sample texts and other information about the LEED Exam Guide series listed under the customer discussion section for each available book.

See www.ArchiteG.com for a list of services provided by ArchiteG, Inc.

Note: USGBC and LEED are trademarks of the US Green Building Council. The US Green Building Council is not affiliated with the publication of LEED Exam Guide Series. 


Latest trend for LEED Exams

Recently, there are quite a few readers run into the versions of the LEED exams that have many questions on refrigerants (CFC, HCFC, and HFC), the following advice will help you answer these questions correctly:

For more information, see free pdf file of "The Treatment by LEED of the Environmental Impact of HVAC Refrigerants" that you can download at link below:

gbci.org/Files/References/The-Treatment-by-LEED-of-the-Environmental-Impact-of-HVAC-Refrigerants.pdf

This is a VERY important document that you need to become familiar with. Many real LEED exam questions (CFC, HCFC, and HFC, etc.) come from this document. You need to download it for free and read it at least 3 times.

Pay special attention to the Table on ODP and GWP on page 3. You do not have to remember the exact value of all ODPs and GWPs, but you do need to know the rough number for various groups of refrigerants."
 
This latest trend regarding refrigerants (CFC, HCFC, and HFC) for LEED Exams has a lot to do with LEED v4 Credit Weighting. EA (including refrigerants) is a big winner in LEED v4, meaning the category  has MORE questions than any other areas for ALL the LEED exams. See portion of my book, LEED GA Exam Guide quoted below:
 
How are LEED credits allocated and weighted?
Answer: Credits that can contribute to LEED's "Impact Categories" are given more points. These impact categories are weighted through a consensus driven process:
· Global Climate Change (35%)
· Social Equity, Environmental Justice, and Community Quality of Life (5%)
· Individual Human Health and well-being (20%)
· Greener Economy (5%)
· Biodiversity and Ecosystem (10%)
· Water Resources (15%)
· Sustainable and Regenerative Material Resources Cycles (10%)
 
The USGBC uses three association factors to measure and scale credit outcome to a given Impact Category component:
· Relative Efficacy: It measures whether a credit outcome has a positive or negative association with a given Impact Category component, and how strong that association is.
§  No association
§  Low association
§  Medium association
§  High association
§  Negative association
 
· Benefit Duration: How long will the benefits or consequences of the credit outcome last?
§  1-3 Years
§  4-10 Years
§  11-30 Years
§  30+ Years (Building/Community Lifetime)
 
· Controllability of Effect: It indicates which individual is most directly responsible for achieving the expected credit outcome. The more a credit outcome depends on active human effort, the less likely it will be achieved with certainty, and the credit will have fewer pints, vice versa.
 
The USGBC simplifies the weighting process of points into a score card:
· 100 base points for  the base LEED Rating System
· 1 point minimum for each credit
· Whole points and no fractions for LEED points.
 
See detailed discussions at the FREE PDF file entitled "LEED v4 Impact Category and Point Allocation Development Process" at the following link:
usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED%20v4%20Impact%20Category%20and%20Point%20Allocation%20Process_Overview_0.pdf

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of Building Construction, Planting Design Illustrated, the ARE Mock Exam series, and the LEED Exam Guide series, which includes one guidebook for each of the LEED exams.

Do I need to do many practice questions to prepare for a LEED exam?

There is NO absolutely correct answer to your question. People learn in many different ways. Personally I am NOT crazy about doing a lot of practice questions: think about it, if you do 700 practice questions, you'll have to read 700 questions, and each question has at least 4 choices. That is at least 2,800 choices and it means a lot of words for you to read. I have seen some third party materials that have 1,200 practice questions. That will cost you even MORE time to go over the materials.

I prefer to spend most of my time to read, digest and really understand the fundamental materials, and MEMORIZE them naturally by reading the materials multiple times. This is because the fundamental materials for ANY exam will NOT change, and the scope of the exam will NOT change for the same main version of the test (until the exam moves to the next advanced version), but there are thousands of ways to ask you questions.

If you have a limited amount of time and effort like most people, it is more efficient for you to focus on the fundamental materials and actually master the knowledge that GBCI wants you to learn. If you can do that, then no matter how GBCI changes the exam format or how GBCI asks you the questions, you will do fine in the exam.

"Strategy 101 for the LEED Green Associate Exam is that you must recognize that you have only a limited amount of time to prepare for the exam. So, you must concentrate your time and effort on the most important content of the LEED Green Associate Exam...

The key to passing the LEED Green Associate Exam, or any other exam, is to know the scope of the exam, and not to read too many books. Select one or two really good books and focus on them. Actually understand the content and memorize it. For your convenience, I have underlined the fundamental information that I think is very important. You definitely need to memorize all the information that I have underlined. You should try to understand the content first, and then memorize the content of the book by reading it multiple times. This is a much better way than "mechanical" memory without understanding. ..

Most people fail the exam NOT because they cannot answer the few "advanced" questions on the exam, but because they have read the information but canNOT recall it on the day of the exam. They spend too much time preparing for the exam, drag the preparation process on too long, seek too much information, go to too many websites, do too many practice questions and too many mock exams (one or two sets of mock exams can be good for you), and spread themselves too thin. They end up missing out on the most important information of the LEED exam, and they will fail."

---Quoted from "LEED Green Associate Exam Guide"

To me, Memorization and Understanding helps each other. Understanding always comes first. If you really understand something, then Memorization is really easy.

For example, I'll read a book's first chapter very slowly but make sure I REALLY understand everything in it. I'll take whatever it takes for me to REALLY understand the materials, I do NOT care others are much faster than me in reading it. Then, I'd re-read the first chapter again. This time, the reading is so much easier, and I can read it much faster, and then I'll try to re-tell the content in my own language: I re-tell the substance, not the formats or particular order of things. This is a very good way for me to understand and digest the materials, and ABSORB and TAKE the content with me.

I'll repeat the same procedure for each chapter, and then keeping re-read the book until I take the exam. This achieves two purposes:

1. I keep reinforcing the important materials that I already have memorized, and fight against human brain's natural tendency to forget things.

2. I also understand the content of the book much better by reading it multiple times.

If you asked me to memorize something without understanding it first, it'll be very hard for me to memorize it; Even if I memorize it, it'll be very easy for me to forget it.

I always find doing too many practice questions takes too much time and is not efficient. Doing 2 or 3 sets of practice questions can be helpful, NOT 7 sets or 12 sets.

This is my suggestion, and it may help you.

Copyright  Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Tips on How to Pass a LEED Exam on the First Try and in One Week and Responses to Some of the Readers' Questions

 

The following are tips on how to pass the LEED exam on the first try and in one week. Also included are my responses to some readers' questions that may help you.

 

1. I found the reference guide way too tedious. Can I only read your book and just refer to the USGBC reference guide (if one is available for the exam I am taking) when needed?

 

Response: Yes, that is one way to study.

 

2.  Is one week really enough for me to prepare for the exam while I am working?

 

Response: Yes, if you can put in 40 to 60 hours during the week, study hard and you can pass the exam. This exam is similar to a history or political science exam; you need to MEMORIZE the information. If you take too long, you will probably forget the information by the time you take the test.

In my book, I give you tips on how to MEMORIZE the information, and I have already highlighted/ underlined the most important information that you definitely have to MEMORIZE to pass the exam. The intention of this book is to help you to pass the LEED exam with minimum time and effort. I want to make your life easier.

 

3. Will your book(s) be adequate for me to pass the exam?

Would you say that if I buy your LEED Exam Guide series books, I could pass the exam using no other study materials? The books sold on the USGBC website run in the hundreds of dollars, so I would be quite happy if I could buy your book and just use that.

 

Response: First of all, there are readers who have passed the LEED exam by reading only my books in the LEED Exam Guide series (www.GreenExamEducation.com or www.GeeForums.com). My goal is to write one book for each of the LEED exams, and make each of my books stand alone to prepare people for one specific LEED exam.

 

Secondly, people learn in many different ways. That is why I have added some new advice below for people who learn better by doing practice tests.

 

If you adhere to the following tips, you have a very good chance of passing the LEED exam (this is not a guarantee, nobody can guarantee you will pass):

a.       Understand and memorize all of the information in my book, do not panic when you run into problems you are not familiar with, and use the guess strategy described in my book when taking the real exam.

 

You need to understand and memorize the information in the book and score almost a perfect score on the mock exam in this book. This book will give you the bulk of the most current information that you need for the specific LEED exam you are taking. You have to know the information in my book in order to pass the exam.

 

b.      If you have not done any LEED projects before, I suggest you also go to the USGBC website and download the latest LEED credit templates for the LEED rating system related to the LEED exam you are taking. Read the templates and become familiar with them. This is important.

See the following link:

      http://www.usgbc.org/leed#rating

 

c.       If you want to be safe and take additional sample tests to find out if you are ready for the real exam, we have other books available on various LEED mock exams, including LEED GA Mock Exams.

Check them out at the following link:

www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

The sample tests in LEED GA Mock Exams are very close to the real exam.

 

The LEED exam is NOT an easy exam, but anyone with a seventh grade education should be able to study and pass the LEED exam if he prepares correctly.

 

If you have extra time and money, the other books I would recommend are LEED GA Mock Exams and the USGBC reference guide pertaining to the LEED specialty you wish to pursue. I know some people who did not even read the reference guide from cover to cover when they took the exam. They just studied the information in my book, and only referred to the reference guide to look up a few things, and they passed on the first try. Some of my readers have even passed without looking at a USGBC reference guide at all.

 

4.  I am preparing for the LEED exam. Do I need to read the 2? thick reference guide?

 

Response: See the answer above.

 

5. For LEED v4, will the total number of points be more than 110 in total if a project gets all of the extra credits and all of the standard credits?

 

Response: No. For LEED v4, there are 100 base points and 10 possible bonus points. There are many different ways to achieve bonus points (extra credits or exemplary performance), but you can have a maximum number of 6 Innovation (IN) bonus points and 4 Regional Priority (RP) bonus points. So, the maximum points for ANY project will be 110.

 

6. Are you writing new versions of books for the new LEED exams? What new books are you writing?

 

Response: Yes, I am working on other books in the LEED Exam Guide series. I will be writing one book for each of the LEED AP specialty exams. See GreenExamEducation.com or GeeForums.com for more information.

 

 

Copyright  Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

 

Some people say ANYONE can take the LEED Green Associate Exam, is it true?

Response: Yes, anyone who is 18 years of age or older can take the LEED Green Associate Exam. 

You also need to agree to the GBCI credential maintenance requirements and the disciplinary policy. See LEED Green Associate Exam candidate handbook for detailed requirements.

If you are taking the LEED AP+ exam, you must have documented experience on one or more LEED projects within three years of your exam application submittal date.  See LEED AP+ exam candidate handbook for detailed requirements. There are online courses that you can take to gain the required LEED experience.

Copyright  Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

The easiest way to prepare for the LEED GA Exam 

In summary, the easiest way to prepare for the LEED GA Exam is:

1. Start by downloading and reading the most current and official LEED GA candidate handbook from GBCI.org

2. Download the 14 FREE PDF files per the links listed at the end of the candidate handbook. These 14 PDF files should cover about 20% to 30% of the LEED GA Exam scope.

Forget about the USGBC LEED GA Study Guide or the USGBC Core Concept Guide, they are pretty much the same and does NOT have enough information. Many people failed because they completely depend on these two books. USGBC and GBCI are two different entities now, so these two books are NOT really the ?official? guide books.

The LEED GA Exam tests you information harder than the USGBC LEED GA Study Guide or USGBC Core Concept Guide, but easier than the almost 700-page USGBC reference guide.

3. My book, ?LEED GA Exam Guide? covers the remaining 70% to 80% of the LEED GA Exam scope and focuses on them. Do NOT read too many books and go to too many websites, and do NOT spread yourself too thin. ?LEED GA Exam Guide? will help you pass the exam on the first try (One reader passed the LEED GA Exam by reading ONLY my book for three days), and it?ll be a very useful reference book you?ll refer to again and again long after the exam. It contains MORE information than the official USGBC reference guide, but it costs only 25% of the price of the official USGBC reference guide.

4. Download the latest USGBC LEED Addenda for the LEED BD&C and become familiar with them. USGBC issues LEED Addenda on a quarterly basis. GBCI does test the info in the USGBC LEED Addenda.

5. Do 2 to 3 sets of mock exams to find your weakness. My other book, ?LEED GA Mock Exam? is very similar to the real exam. It has 2 sets of mock exams. Time your LEED prep effort properly. Save one set of mock exam and do it 3 days before the exam, but do NOT do the mock exam the night before the exam: You?ll go into a panic mode if you do not do well, and you?ll have NO time to recover and review your weakness.

6. Last but NOT least, go over the portions you marked up and the questions that you answered incorrectly.

The easiest way to prepare for LEED AP BD+C Exam

In summary, the easiest way to prepare for LEED AP BD+C Exam is:

1. Start by downloading and reading the most current and official LEED AP BD+C candidate handbook from GBCI.org

2. Carefully go over the official GBCI LEED AP BD+C Exam candidate handbook. Download the 14 FREE PDF files for Part I of the LEED AP BD+C Exam (It is the exactly same as the LEED GA Exam) per the links listed at the end of the candidate handbook. These 14 PDF files should cover about 20% to 30% of the Part I of the LEED AP BD+C Exam scope.

Forget about the USGBC LEED GA Study Guide or the USGBC Core Concept Guide, they are pretty much the same and does NOT have enough information. Many people failed because they completely depend on these two books. USGBC and GBCI are two different entities now, so these two books are NOT really the ?official? guide books.

The LEED GA Exam tests you information harder than the USGBC LEED GA Study Guide or USGBC Core Concept Guide, but easier than the almost 700-page USGBC reference guide.

3. Download the remaining 5 PDF files for the Part II of the LEED AP BD+C Exam (About 20% to 30% of the Part II test content will come from these materials). Some of the PDF files are duplicated for both the Part I and the Part II of the exam, which means they will be tested in both parts of the exam.

Part II is VERY difficult when compared with Part I of the exam.

4. Buy the almost 700-page USGBC LEED BD&C Reference Guide and read it from cover to cover if you have time. The USGBC Reference Guide is comprehensive, but it gives too much information. Searching for information related to LEED AP BD+C Exam from the USGBC Reference Guides is like "looking for a needle in a haystack." Many of the calculations in the books are too detailed for the exam. It is also expensive (approximately $200, so most people may not buy it for their personal use, but instead, will seek to share an office copy). 

It is good to read a reference guide from cover to cover if you have the time. The problem is that few people have the time to read the whole reference guide. Even if you do read the whole guide, you may not remember the important issues to pass the LEED exam. You need to review the material several times before you can remember much of it.

Reading the reference guide from cover to cover without a guidebook is a difficult and inefficient way of preparing for the LEED AP BD+C exam, because you do NOT know what USGBC and GBCI are looking for in the exam.

OR
Buy my book, ?LEED BD&C Exam Guide,? and read it from cover to cover SEVERAL times and get the bulk of the information from the book, and just look up information you are not sure from the USGBC LEED BD&C Reference Guide. 

?LEED BD&C Exam Guide? covers the remaining 70% to 80% of the LEED AP BD+C Exam scope and focuses on them. Do NOT read too many books and go to too many websites, and do NOT spread yourself too thin. ?LEED BD&C Exam Guide? will help you pass the exam on the first try (many of my reader already passed the LEED AP BD+C Exam on the first try), and it?ll be a very useful reference book you?ll refer to again and again long after the exam. It contains MORE information than the official USGBC reference guide, but it costs only 1/3 of the price of the official USGBC reference guide.

5. Download the latest USGBC LEED Addenda for the LEED BD&C and become familiar with them. USGBC issues LEED Addenda on a quarterly basis. GBCI does test the info in the USGBC LEED Addenda.

6. Do 1 or 2 sets of mock exams to find your weakness. My other book, ?LEED BD&C Mock Exam? is very similar to the real exam. It has 200 mock exam questions. Time your LEED prep effort properly. Save one set of mock exam and do it 3 days before the exam, but do NOT do the mock exam the night before the exam: You?ll go into a panic mode if you do not do well, and you?ll have NO time to recover and review your weakness.

7. Last but NOT least, go over the portions you marked up and the questions that you answered incorrectly.

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