LEED AP ND Exam Study Guide

Step 1: Register for your LEED AP Neighborhood Development Exam

Congratulations on being interested in obtaining your LEED Specialty. Awesome! Registration is easy. Just login to your USGBC account and click “Credentials”. You will see a list of LEED accreditations you already possess as well as exams you can select to take. Remember to give yourself a comfortable study window of 1-2 months before taking your exam. This will ensure that you understand the study material, and you will pass on your first try.

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Step 2: Studying for your LEED Neighborhood Development Exam

Each LEED® Professional exam is scored between 125 and 200 scale system. The Neighborhood Development exam is no different from the other LEED credentials like the BD+C exam or the O+M exam. Your answer to each question may or may not count in your end score based on statistics. Some questions may be test questions that are being vetted.

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Current AP ND Exam Version is V4
The exam contains 100 questions, including the 15 pretest questions.


During the exam, you may come upon a particularly difficult question that is hard to answer. The system for the exam allows for a review of each answer before you submit your test for grading. We recommend you review your difficult answers and even skip extremely hard questions to answer at the end of the exam. As you go through the exam question by question, you may remember some information that helps you answer that previously extremely hard question. Take your time! Review all your answers before submitting your AP exam.

Recommended Reference Guide to the LEED AP ND Exam

Candidate Handbook - USGBC Website New Tab
PDF Guide to the LEED AP ND Exam: Topics answered, Question Layout, AP Exam Format

Reference Section - USGBC Website New Tab

Online Guide to the LEED ND exam: 10 references including paid sections

By now, as you covered all the above information, you should have a fairly good idea of what is required when preparing and studying to pass the LEED ND Exam. For more information on the LEED ND exam, please head over to our exam section linked below.
Good luck with your AP ND Exam!

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