When preparing for the LEED AP exam, it's important to get exposed to as many sample questions as possible.
The questions are tough and often require counter-intuitive answers with complex relationships between green building principles, sustainability organizations and the LEED system itself.
Throughout my own studying process, I'm often surprised by questions that I don't know the answers to, which then drain my confidence. I know if I had not exposed myself to sample questions before the exam, I would have definitely failed.
Indeed, Tristan Roberts, LEED AP and Managing Editor of Environmental Building News, recommends taking one practice exam early in the preparation process and another exam later in the process. Mr. Roberts, who published his own list of LEED NC sample questions, encourages aspiring LEED APs to orient themselves early on to the rigor required by the exams.
Simulator-type LEED AP practice exams receive high marks from LEED APs who used them when studying. These exams are made to simulate the actual LEED AP exam and are written by those with firsthand knowledge of the exam. Most practice exam publishers provide several different exams in a package and the material can be used over and over. Some online sample exams offer unlimited usage.
One aspect of taking a LEED exam simulator, in addition to exposing yourself early on to exam sample questions, is getting a feel for how you'll score on the exam. Many LEED AP candidates take the exams and fail by only a few points. Knowing which LEED Exam sample questions are the toughest for you is critical to passing.
Surprisingly, most leading LEED AP offline prep course providers do not offer prep courses for LEED CI, reducing the number and quality of options available to LEED CI candidates. But the good news for LEED CI test takers is that many exam simulators boast a 90% first time pass rates for their participants.
Students preparing often find study bundles to be indispensable because of their lower price point and included online training, practice exams, flash cards, study and audio guides as opposed to being overburdened by enormous textbooks.