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“LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam” has been published!

October 21, 2014

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“LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam” has been published!

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“LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam” has been published!

 

Many of you ask us for the updated version for our LEED books. Your wait is over. “LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam” has been published!

 

Here is the detailed info:

LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam: Questions, answers, and explanations: A must-have for the LEED AP BD+C Exam, green building LEED certification, and sustainability

ISBN-13: 9781612650210

 

It is available at: http://GreenExamEducation.com

 

Synopsis

 

Pass the LEED AP BD+C Exam, Get Your Building LEED Certified, Fight Global Warming, and Save Money!           The USGBC released LEED v4 in GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in November, 2013. The GBCI started to include the new LEED v4 content for all LEED exams in June 2014. We have incorporated the new LEED v4 content in this book.

 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends in development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.

From this book, you will be able to:

1. Identify your weakness through practice questions

2. Learn to work well under the pressure of timed tests

3. Check your responses against the solutions

4. Understand the solutions for the difficult questions through the explanations

5. Fully understand the scope, difficulty level, and format of the LEED AP BD+C Exam

6. Learn how to pass the LEED AP BD+C Exam

7.  Become familiar with the new version of LEED rating systems.

 

There is NO official GBCI book on the LEED AP BD+C Exam. “LEED BD&C Mock Exam” fills in the blanks and demystifies LEED. The book includes 200 questions and simulates the real exam in every aspect, including scope, difficulty level, format, and number of questions in each LEED category. It includes questions, answers, and explanations. This book is small and easy to carry around. You can read it whenever you have spare minutes. It is an indispensable resource for ordinary people, developers, brokers, contractors, administrators, architects, landscape architects, engineers, interns, drafters, designers, and other design professionals.

 

All our books are available at GreenExamEducation.com Check out FREE tips and info for all LEED Exams and ARE Exams at GeeForums.com, you can post jpeg files of your vignettes or your questions for other users’ review and responses.

 

Author Bio

Gang Chen holds a master’s degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, and more. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multi-family housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

 

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including 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. For more information, visit http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

Check out FREE tips on the easiest way to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam and information for all LEED exams and ARE exams at GeeForums.com, you can post your questions for other users’ review.

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“LEED v4 Green Associate Exam Guide (LEED GA)” has been published!

August 8, 2014

v4 LEED GA Guide eBook FrontCover_600Many of you ask us for the updated version for our LEED books. Your wait is over. “LEED v4 Green Associate Exam Guide (LEED GA)” has been published!

 

Here is the detailed info:

 

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

ISBN-13:9781612650180

 

It is available at:

 

http://GreenExamEducation.com

 

Synopsis

 

Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam, Get Your Building LEED Certified, Fight Global Warming, and Save Money!          

The USGBC released LEED v4 at the GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in November 2013. The GBCI started to include the new LEED v4 content for all LEED exams in late Spring 2014. We have incorporated the new LEED v4 content in this book.

 

Starting on December 1, 2011, GBCI began to draw LEED Green Associate Exam questions from the second edition of Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide. We have incorporated this information in our book.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends of development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.
From this book, you will learn how to do the following:
1. Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam.
2. Use LEED exam preparation strategies, study methods, tips, suggestions, mnemonics, and exam tactics to improve your exam performance.
3. Effectively understand, digest, and retain your LEED knowledge.
4. Understand the process of registering and certifying a building for LEED.
5. Understand the scope, main intent, core concepts and strategies, as well as identify the regulations, recognition, and incentives for each major LEED category.
6. Identify the strategies for case studies.
7. Identify the synergy in case studies.
8. Implement the most important LEED related codes and building standards.
9. Get points for categories not yet clearly defined by the USGBC.

This book fills in the blanks and demystifies LEED. It uncovers the secrets, codes, and jargon for LEED as well as the true meaning of “going green.” It provides a solid foundation and fundamental framework for LEED. It covers every major aspect of LEED in plain and concise language, and introduces it to ordinary people. This guide is small and easy to carry around. You can read it whenever you have a few extra minutes. It is an indispensable book for ordinary people, developers, brokers, contractors, administrators, architects, landscape architects, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, interns, drafters, designers, and other design professionals.

 

About the author

Gang Chen holds a master’s degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, and more. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multi-family housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

 

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including 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. For more information, visit http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

Check out FREE tips on the easiest way to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam and information for all LEED exams and ARE exams at GeeForums.com, you can post your questions for other users’ review.

 

What others are saying about LEED Green Associate Exam Guide

“Finally! A comprehensive study tool for LEED GA Prep!”

“I took the one-day Green LEED Green Associate course and walked away with a power point binder printed in very small print—which was missing MUCH of the required information (although I didn’t know it at the time). I studied my little heart out and took the test, only to fail it by 1 point. Turns out I did NOT study all the material I needed to in order to pass the test. I found this book, read it, marked it up, retook the test, and passed it with a 95%. Look, we all know the LEED Green Associate Exam is new and the resources for study are VERY limited. This one’s the VERY best out there right now. I highly recommend it.”
Consultant VA

 

“Complete overview for the LEED Green Associate exam”

“I studied this book for about three days and passed the exam … if you are truly interested in learning about the LEED system and green building design, this is a great place to start.”

K.A. Evans

 

Very effective study guide”

“I purchased both this study guide and Mr. Chen’s LEED GA Mock Exams book and found them to be excellent tools for preparing for the LEED Green Associate Exam. While Mr. Chen’s LEED Green Associate Exam Guide is not perfect (in that it’s not the most user-friendly presentation of the material), it was very effective in at least presenting most, if not all, of the topics that the exam touched upon. While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend my abbreviated strategy for preparing for the exam, the following worked for me: I read through the exam guide a couple of times (but not word for word), took the mock exam and referenced the guide for explanations for any wrong answers, did the same for the two mock exams in Mr. Chen’s LEED GA Mock Exams book, flipped through the documents that Mr. Chen recommends, and took two other web-based mock exams that I purchased on eBay. Literally after ten hours of preparation time, I took the actual exam and passed with a 189, thanks in large part to Mr. Chen’s books. If I decide to take one of the LEED AP exams in the future, I will definitely be picking up more of Mr. Chen’s study materials.”

shwee “shwee”

 

Only study guide needed to pass on your first try”

“I don’t write reviews, but I’m compelled to for this purchase. This was the only book I read and studied to prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam, and passed with ease on the first try today. I was over prepared for the exam by using this study guide, which is what I wanted on exam day. I bought the book, read it three times, learned a lot of good information, saved valuable time, and passed on the first try. By the way, I’m not a good test taker. I don’t agree with any of the negative reviews that are posted… I’m glad I ignored those when I made the purchase and went with the majority. THIS PRODUCT DELIVERED THE RESULTS, CASE CLOSED. I’ll be buying his LEED AP BD&C Exam Guide to prepare for the specialty exam. Thank you Mr. Gang Chen!!!”

Lobo

 

“I just finished taking the LEED Green Associate Exam and, thankfully, I passed it on the first try by using this book as my primary study guide…I particularly liked the way the author organized the information within it.”

Lewis Colon

 

 

Just what is needed”

“I’m glad I used this book for my LEED Green Associate test, which I passed today. I tried other resources (stay away from the USGBC ones on their website!) but none were as organized as this book. When you’re studying to pass the exam, you just need to know what to memorize (this would be different if you are trying to learn the concepts for work, which I think you’re better off getting LEED project work experience!). Gang Chen’s book gives you most of what you need to memorize in the core 120+ pages as opposed to other resources that are 250 pages full of fluff. Just remember, you only need to answer about 60% of the questions correct to pass the exam…

 

My tip is to get this book, read it three times (yes, three) to memorize the facts, take the mock test included to see where you need to improvement, and do a little outside research. You just need a 60% passing score…”

N. Kong

 

“Best LEED Green Associate Study Package”

“This book is easy to read, and successfully gives you a much needed crash course on literally, how to study (for this exam and any other exam for that matter) and how to use the material provided most efficiently; the material in this book is able to zoom in on the most important items required to pass the exam, and deliver each item in a way which seems less technical and easier to remember (the bottom line). This book is one of a kind at the time of this review, and could be the most affordable tutor available.”

P O “philz”

 

“My name is Elizabeth (last name deleted to protect her privacy) and I am a junior at the University of….(college name deleted to protect her privacy). This summer I attained an internship with Kath Williams and Associates, a collaborative of creative independent contractors who come together to support innovative green projects, to learn about sustainable building. At the beginning of July I spoke with Kath about taking the LEED Green Associate Exam. After having no prior experience in sustainable architecture or LEED buildings I used both your review book and the study guides by USGBC as my study references. I wanted to e-mail to thank you for such a comprehensive review guide that was enormously helpful in passing the exam. Without your guide I don’t know if I would have passed. Thank you so much.”

Elizabeth

 

“A Great Book for Preparing the LEED exam!”

“I have read almost all the books for LEED exams, and found LEED Exam Guide series to be the best. The USGBC Reference Guide was too detailed and kind of confusing. Some other third party books have too many grammatical mistakes, are hard to understand, and have way too many questions. The questions in those books are confusing instead of helpful. The USGBC workshop missed some of the very important information, like extra credits.

LEED Exam Guide series gives you just the right amount of information for you to pass the LEED exam. Each book in the series includes study materials, sample questions and answers, as well as mock exam and answers for a specific LEED exam. It also gives you the most information for you to get your building LEED certified. A Great book!”

Ellen

 

“A Wonderful Guide for the LEED Green Associate Exam”

“After deciding to take the LEED Green Associate Exam, I started to look for the best possible study materials and resources. From what I thought would be a relatively easy task, it turned into a tedious endeavor. I realized that there are vast amounts of third-party guides and handbooks. Since the official sites offer little to no help, it became clear to me that my best chance to succeed and pass this exam would be to find the most comprehensive study guide that would not only teach me the topics, but would also give me a great background and understanding of what LEED actually is. Once I stumbled upon Mr. Chen’s book, all my needs were answered. This is a great study guide that will give the reader the most complete view of the LEED exam and all that it entails.

 

“The book is written in an easy-to-understand language and brings up great examples, tying the material to the real world. The information is presented in a coherent and logical way, which optimizes the learning process and does not go into details that will not be needed for the LEED Green Associate Exam, as many other guides do. This book stays dead on topic and keeps the reader interested in the material.

 

“I highly recommend this book to anyone that is considering the LEED Green Associate Exam. I learned a great deal from this guide, and I am feeling very confident about my chances for passing my upcoming exam.”

—Pavel Geystrin

 

“Like other books in the LEED Exam Guide series, this is a great timesaver! The important information that you need to memorize is already highlighted / underlined by the author. This really saved me a lot of time. I love it! A Great Timesaver!”

—Alice

 

“Easy to read, easy to understand”

“I have read through the book once and found it to be the perfect study guide for me. The author does a great job of helping you get into the right frame of mind for the content of the exam. I had started by studying the Green Building Design and Construction reference guide for LEED projects produced by the USGBC. That was the wrong approach, simply too much information with very little retention. At hundred of pages in textbook format, it would have been a daunting task to get through it. Gang Chen breaks down the points, helping to minimize the amount of information but maximizing the content I was able to absorb. I plan on going through the book a few more times, and I now believe I have the right information to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam.”

—Brian Hochstein

 

“All in one—LEED GA prep material”

“Since the LEED Green Associate Exam is a newer addition by USGBC, there is not much information regarding study material for this exam. When I started looking around for material, I got really confused about what material I should buy. This LEED GA guide by Gang Chen is an answer to all my worries! It is a very precise book with lots of information, like how to approach the exam, what to study and what to skip, links to online material, and tips and tricks for passing the exam. It is like the ‘one stop shop’ for the LEED Green Associate Exam. I think this book can also be a good reference guide for green building professionals. A must-have!”

—SwatiD

 

“I’m giving this book 5 stars, as it accomplishes exactly what the author promises. Read it multiple times and memorize the key points/stats/figures, and you will be poised to pass the test.”

—R. C. O’Brien

 

 

“Useful Study Guide”

“The book is by far the most useful study guide I’ve purchased for the LEED GA exam. The other books were far too vague and did not approach the kind of pragmatic detail you’d need to pass.”

Swansong8

 

Really Helpful”

“I purchased other exam preparation books for the LEED GA test and none of the others compared to this one. The layout and content of this book was much easier to use than the books from the USGBC. This book is all I needed to pass the test with its study tools like sample questions and exams. All in all a great buy!”

Jamie

 

“Wonderful Resource!”

“This book is well organized and concise. The material is completely relevant and truly is what helped me to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam! I used this book as my primary study material and found it more than sufficient. I recommend this book to anyone preparing to take the LEED GA exam!”

Joel I. Semel

 

“With this book, plus the little red book, LEED Green Associate Mock Exams, (also by Gang Chen) combined with all the free PDF downloads printed from the USGBC website, I passed my LEED GA exam on the first try! Gang Chen’s books provide a concise and organized framework of all the info you need…Highly recommended.”

—Sarah Bartz          

 

“Excellent resource!!!”        

“I reviewed this book and memorized the charts and passed on the first try! This along with the practice exams by Gang Chen were all that I needed and included valuable tips for studying and additional (free) publications to refer to. This was an excellent purchase.”

K. Lairet   

 

“Great Study guide. Will DEFINITELY help you pass the exam!”

“I took the LEED Green Associate Exam this morning and passed with a score of 190/200. I used this book as my primary study tool. The only other thing I did was to read the Green Associates handbook and I used the LEED NC Reference Guide to check the information in the book. The book is broken down very well for studying making it much easier to memorize the data. The practice exam will prepare you well. It is much harder than the real exam. There was a lot of information in this book that showed up on the exam that I would not have known had I not read it.

My basic study schedule was about one day of reading the nontechnical chapters, one day devoted to the technical chapter about credits, and then the morning of the test to review my highlighted notes. I think if anyone studies this book until they pass the mock exam (I scored about a 70/100) and feel comfortable then they will be over prepared for the actual exam.”

K. Mitchell “Kmitchell”  

 

 

 

If AREForum is down again…

January 13, 2014

If AREForum.org is down again, you can use this forum as an alternate:

http://www.GeeForum.com/

It has all the functions of AREForum.org, and has more options.

Our unique feature: We have not only ARE Forums, but LEED forums as well.

I think LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends of development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.

In fact, NCARB has quietly incorporated a lot of LEED content into EACH of the ARE division without using the term LEED. Just read the scope of exam for each ARE division, and you’ll know.

Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (http://GreenExamEducation.com/)

We have moved all our forums to GeeForum.com

December 29, 2013

We have moved all our forums to GeeForums.com

http://geeforum.com/

Gee or GEE means GreenExamEducation.com. That is how we form the forum name:

GeeForum.com

It is a better service for all our members and you can post photos or jpeg files of your vignettes for other users’ review. It includes ARE Exams Forums, LEED Forums, Music Forum, Off-Topic Forum, Market Place and various sub-forums.

Please sign up/register for a free account. We give out free review books to registered users at GeeForum.com every now and then. If you have friends and co-workers who are taking ARE exams or LEED exams or are interested in music, please help us spread the word and let them know about GeeForum.com and encourage them to sign up.

We have found forums to be a very valuable tool and platform to connect with your customers: you have start a thread, and have in-depth discussion about a subject; you can easily organize the topics and search what you are looking for easily.

A forum is interactive and is much more effective than a mailing list.

Please note GeeForum.com is paid for and sponsored by GreenExamEducation.com.

Strategies for preparing for LEED AP BD+C Exam

June 10, 2011

LEED AP BD+C Exam is very hard. There are several strategies for preparing for LEED AP BD+C Exam:

1. Bare bone strategy:

This strategy is bold, risky, but effective, low cost, and takes the least amount of time. You can spend about two weeks to prepare and pass the exam:

a. Download and read the latest candidate handbook for LEED AP BD+C Exam

b. Study the FREE PDF files listed at the end of the latest candidate handbook for LEED AP BD+C Exam (About 20% to 30% of the test content will come from these materials).

c. Study my books, “LEED BD&C Exam Guide” and “LEED BD&C Mock Exam” (Covers the fundamental and most important information of the remaining 70% to 80% of test content will come from these materials).

d. Do NOT buy or read the USGBC reference guide AT ALL

Pros:

a. Save time and money and still have a good chance of passing. In fact, a number of my readers did pass the exam using this approach.

b. You can prepare and pass the exam in about two weeks.

Cons:

a. Your score may not be as high as you want since you COMPLETELY skip the USGBC reference guide (probably range from 170 to 180).

b. You may feel nervous during the real exam. You may swear that you fail in the exam, and end up passing. You may have no clue why you pass but I know why you pass the exam though: my books cover the fundamental and most important information of the exam and set up a solid foundation for your LEED knowledge.

2. Middle of the road strategy:

This strategy is exactly the same as bare bone strategy, except that you do the following extra things:

a. Buy or read portion of the USGBC reference guide to supplement my two books: Only refer to or read the USGBC reference guide for items you have questions, or for detailed information not covered by my books such as the Sections on Implementation and Calculations. I skip these two sections in my book, “LEED BD&C Exam Guide” because it takes too much time for you to read the information, and I think you should be able to handle most of the tasks covered in these two sections if you MASTER the other sections.

b. Do a few extra sets of mock exams.

Pros:

a. Save time and money and still have an excellent chance of passing. In fact, many readers did pass the exam using this approach.

b. You can prepare and pass the exam in about two to four weeks.

Cons:

a. Your score may not be as high as you want (probably range from 170 to 185).

b. You may still feel nervous during the real exam.

3. Comprehensive strategy:

This strategy is exactly the same as bare bone strategy, except that you do the following extra things:

a. Buy or read portion of the USGBC reference guide from cover to cover several times.

b. Write your own notes or create your own spread sheets based on the USGBC reference guide.

c. Do every set of mock exams that you can find.

Pros:

a. You have an excellent chance of passing if you can REALLY read the reference guide. In fact, several readers did pass the exam using this approach.

Cons:

a. Your score may be either very high or very low (probably either range from 180 to 200, OR fail).

b. You need to spend two months or more to prepare and pass the exam.

c. You drag the exam prep process too long, and become tired of reading the USGBC reference guide, OR you can NOT find enough time to read the reference guide, OR have forgotten about the information that you read earlier by the time you take the exam, and you end up failing the exam.

FREE slides on LEED GA Exam Prep, and LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep

February 28, 2011

Hello!

We are pleased to offer some FREE slides on LEED GA Exam Prep, and LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep at our site.

 

See link below:

http://GreenExamEducation.com/

 

Click on FREE Downloads & Forum” on the top menu for FREE Slide downloads.

 

 

My video on my published books – An experiment using youtube.com to market books

October 31, 2010

I have made 6 video pieces for 6 of my 8 published books, and uploaded them to youtube.com I think some of you may be interested. If you like them, please hit the “thumb up” button to show you like them, or you can add a comment.

I always like in-person interaction. Video is a tool that is close to in-person interaction. Since Facebook .com and Youtub.com has millions and millions of users. I am checking these tools out. Hopefully they can be great tools to achieve our goals in life.

Here are the links to the video:

LEED GA Exam Guide:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MU-3ruDUkk

Architectural Practice Simplified:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgPp3ETHhb4

Planting Design Illustrated:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikQ6-5uin7w

LEED GA Mock Exams:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkkhkFHOeQI

LEED BD&C Exam Guide:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DRB004YoBY

LEED O&M Mock Exam:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TTx6VA-aW8

I’ll post a video for “LEED ID&C Exam Guide” when I have a chance to make it.

All Gang Chen’s published books have both the printed version and the eBook version. They are available at:

http://www.GreenExamEducation.webs.com

http://www.ArchiteG.com/publications.php

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

October 8, 2010
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 pages XIX, XXI and 6 of “LEED GA 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 2010 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

October 8, 2010
The following are tips on how to pass a LEED Exam on the first try and in one week and my responses to some readers’ questions, and I think they 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. I have a reader who studied my book for 3 days and passed the LEED GA 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, “LEED GA Exam Guide,” 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. It is my goal to use this book to help you to pass the LEED exam with the minimum time and effort. I want to make your life easier.

3. 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 Guides Series (www.ArchiteG.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. Each book is intended as a one-stop shop and a comprehensive guide for a 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 do the following things, you have a very good chance of passing the LEED exam (NOT a guarantee, nobody can guarantee you will pass):

a. If you study, understand and MEMORIZE all of the information in my book, “LEED GA Exam Guide,” and do NOT panic when you run into problems you are not familiar with, and use the guess strategy in my book, then you have a very good chance of passing the 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 link below:

http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=222

There are so MANY different ways to study and pass, pick one path that is right for you.

The LEED exam is NOT an easy exam, but anyone with a 7th grade education should be able to study and pass the LEED exam if he prepares correctly.

If you have extra time and money, the only other book I would recommend is the USGBC reference guide, the official book for the LEED exam. 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 reading the USGBC reference guide AT ALL.

c. If you want to be safe and do additional sample tests to find out if you are ready for the real exam, I would suggest my book, “LEED GA Mock Exams.” The mock exams are very close to actual exam.

In fact, some of my readers have passed the LEED exam with a high score by just reading my book, “LEED GA Exam Guide,” and taking the samples tests at “LEED GA Mock Exams” WITHOUT reading the USGBC reference guide AT ALL.

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

Response: See answer above.

5. For LEED v3.0, 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 v3.0, there are 100 base points and 10 possible bonus points. There are many ways to get bonus points (extra credits or exemplary performance), but you can have a maximum number of 6 ID bonus points and 4 Regional Priority bonus points. So, the maximum points for ANY project will be 110.

On another note, the older versions of LEED rating systems all have less than 110 possible points except LEED for Home, which has 136 possible points.

6. For the exam, do I need to know the project phase in which a specific prerequisite/credit takes place? (i.e., pre-design, schematic design, etc.)

Response: The information on the project phase (NOT LEED submittal phase) for each prerequisite/credit is NOT mentioned in the USGBC reference guide, but it is covered in the USGBC workshops. If it is important enough for the USGBC workshops to cover, then it may show up on the actual LEED exam.

Most, if not all, other third party books completely miss this important information. I cover it for each prerequisite/credit in my book for the LEED exam because I think it is very important.

Some people THINK that the LEED exam ONLY tests information covered by the USGBC reference guide. They are wrong.

The LEED exam does test information NOT covered by the USGBC reference guide at all. This may include the process of LEED submittal and project team coordination, etc.

I would MEMORIZE this information if I were you, because it may show up on the LEED exam. Besides, this information is not hard to memorize once you understand it, and you need to know it to do actual LEED submittal work anyway.

7. 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 exam. See GreenExamEducation.com for more information.

Where can you find books on LEED by Gang Chen and others?

October 8, 2010

See below:

http://www.ArchiteG.com/publications.php

http://www.GreenExamEducation.com/

http://www.GreenExamEducation.webs.com/