LEED AP BD+C Exam Study Guide


Congratulations on finding the most widely used and successful accreditation. The Building Design and Construction designation is responsible for assisting over 110,00 construction projects globally. This is a second-tier accreditation and has a prerequisite of having your LEED Green Associate.

Step 1: Registering

Signing up for your LEED AP BD+C exam can be completed in a few simple steps. After logging into your USGBC account, click credentials, and you will see a list of current credentials you possess and what exams you are eligible to take. We recommend scheduling 1-2 months from the day you start studying. Studying this way will give you enough time to practice and pass your test the first time.

LEED AP BD+C Exam

Step 2: Studying for your LEED AP BD+C Exam

The test contains 100 questions and is a closed-book exam. You are given two hours to complete it. Upon your final submittal, your exam is instantly graded with a passing score of 170 or higher, with a maximum score of 200. A 170 is like scoring a B+. Remember, depending upon data collected from numerous candidates, each question you answer may or may not count in your overall passing score. Your score will be displayed instantly at the end.

Step 3: Reference Guides

A few different reference guides apply to studying for your exam. Some are free, and others are paid material that the USGBC recommends. Make sure to read through the candidate handbook completely. It contains two practice questions that you may find exactly on your exam.

  • Pass the LEED BD+C - GBES Website
    Guide to passing on your first try.
  • Candidate Handbook - Website
    PDF Guide with exam topics, question layout, and format.
  • Reference Section - USGBC Website
    Study the ten references, including free material and paid sections.

Step 4: Taking the Exam

You have more than enough time to complete your test, so spend extra time on each question. If you skip a question, a menu allows you to navigate back and forth during your LEED AP BD+C exam. Make sure to answer each question with at least one guess. There is no extra penalty for incorrect answers versus unanswered questions. Make sure to answer each question with the best possible answer. The USGBC is known for providing questions with multiple answers that seem correct, but there is only one best answer.

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By now, you should have a pretty good idea of what is involved in your test. Remember to space your test out with at least a month of studying. Good luck on your test!

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