Free LEED Green Associate Sample Questions

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Rob Freeman
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January 20, 2016

Test yourself with 20 free LEED GA sample questions from Poplar Education to gain insight into what you may see on the actual LEED Green Associate v4 exam.

By using a comprehensive study guide and practice tests from a reputable source, purchasing or assembling all of the primary and secondary resources will be unnecessary.
By using a comprehensive study guide and practice tests from a reputable source, purchasing or assembling all of the primary and secondary resources will be unnecessary.
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The LEED Green Associate is one of the most popular professional credentials for green building and sustainability in the world. Passing this exam is required to earn the more advanced LEED AP credential.

Also referred to unofficially as "LEED GA", the exam contains 100 questions, including 15 pre-test questions and 85 questions on specific knowledge domains, which include the following:

  • Task Domains
  • LEED Process
  • Integrative Strategies
  • Location and Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Project Surroundings and Public Outreach

The exam is taken at a Prometric testing center during a two hour exam period and includes 100 multiple choice questions.

All LEED Professional exams are scored between 125 and 200.

A score of 170 or higher is required to pass and your exam score will be displayed on screen at the end of the exam. You will receive a printed report of your results from Prometric test center staff.

For more details and insight on passing the LEED Green Associate exam, read this free guide.

Exam Content

The LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams are developed and regularly updated by a global network of experienced green building and LEED Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

SMEs rely on a variety of primary and secondary resources to develop the questions for the exams.

The primary sources for the development of the LEED Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, as well as a series of additional secondary references.

However, by utilizing a comprehensive study guide and practice tests, it makes purchasing or assembling all of these primary and secondary resources unnecessary.

According to the LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook, USGBC prepares the LEED Professional Exams to assess candidates’ abilities at three hierarchical cognitive levels: Recall, Application, and Analysis.

  • Recall Items: These items assess a candidate’s ability to recall factual material that is presented in a similar context to the exam references.
  • Application Items: These items provide the candidate with a novel problem or scenario that the candidate can solve using familiar principles or procedures described in the exam references.
  • Analysis Items: These items assess a candidate’s ability to break the problem down into its components to create a solution. The candidate must not only recognize the different elements of the problem, but must also evaluate the relationship or interactions of these elements.

Free 20 Question LEED GA v4 Practice Sample Questions

Below are 20 free practice questions from Poplar Education. This sample test simulates questions and content that you may find on the actual LEED v4 Green Associate practice exam.

Review the questions are below and enter your email address to receive the answer key at the bottom of this page:

1. What materials qualify as "biobased" in LEED v4?

a) Materials that have a harvest cycle of 10 years or less
b) Materials meeting the criteria of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard
c) Materials meeting the criteria of the Environmental Agriculture Standard
d) Materials made from plant byproducts
e) Materials harvested within a radius of 500 miles from the project site

2. Which of the following materials contains pre-consumer content?

a) Used plastic milk containers
b) Flooring tiles recovered from another project site
c) Manufacturer overrun print publications that are converted to recycled paper
d) Molten metal scrap from a production line that is added back into the melting process

Free LEED Green Associate Accreditation Exam3. What is "Albedo"?

a) A reference to a type of formaldehyde in a building material
b) A measure of photosynthesis
c) The reflectivity of a material
d) The emissivity of a material
e) The sustainability quotient of a material

4. "Graywater" can be reused for which of the following purposes?

a) Cooling towers and irrigation
b) Toilet flushing, cooling towers and irrigation
c) Irrigation only
d) Graywater should not be reused

5. Which of the following is NOT required for a project to become LEED certified?

a) Fundamental commissioning of the building’s energy systems
b) The use of a reasonable site boundary
c) On-site visit from a GBCI representative prior to certification
d) Commitment to sharing whole building energy and water data

6. LEED Regional Priority credits are determined by:

a) The LEED project administrator
c) USGBC regional chapters
d) Local nonprofit organizations and regional environmental groups

7. A project team is planning a 14 story, 200 unit apartment building in New York City. The project team wants to attempt LEED certification. Which rating system should the project use?

a) LEED for Retail
b) LEED for Homes
c) LEED for New Construction
d) LEED for Neighborhood Development
e) LEED Multifamily

8. What is Light Pollution?

a) Excess light in common areas due to a lack of task lighting and/or lighting controls
b) Excess energy used to light unused building spaces
c) Chemicals used in fluorescent lighting production that pollute the atmosphere, but to a lesser extent than incandescent lamps
d) Wasted light that produces glare or is directed up toward the sky or away from a building where it should be focused

9. What is "bioremediation"?

a) Using plants to absorb VOCs from the indoor air
b) Developing a project on a brownfield
c) Using native and adaptive plants to restore the local habitat
d) The use of living organisms to remove pollutants from water

10. How is the "baseline" defined in LEED?

a) The amount of energy or water the building would consume if it was designed with the most sustainable practices available
b) The amount of energy or water the building would consume if it was designed using conventional practices
c) The least possible amount of water or energy a building can consume
d) The most possible amount of water or energy a building can consume given its full time equivalent (FTE) factor

11. Roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels on the project site can contribute to which credits in LEED v4?

a) Demand Response
b) Renewable Energy
c) Green Power
d) Heat Island Reduction
e) Daylight

12. A green (vegetated) roof can contribute to which 3 credits?

a) Heat Island Reduction, Optimize Energy Performance, Rainwater Management
b) Optimize Energy Performance, Outdoor Water Use Reduction, Green Vehicles
c) Heat Island Reduction, Optimize Energy Performance, Material Ingredients
d) Heat Island Reduction, Optimize Energy Performance, Green Power

13. What does EPD stand for?

a) Environmental Progress Declaration
b) Environmental Product Declaration
c) Energy Performance Declaration
d) Environmental Product Designation
e) None of the above

14. LEED Silver is awarded to the building that achieved how many points?

a) 44
b) 58
c) 39
d) 61
e) 80

15. What does ASHRAE Standard 52.2 relate to?

a) Thermal comfort
b) Energy efficiency
c) Daylight
d) Indoor Air Quality
e) Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)

16. How can project teams earn points in the Innovation credit category (choose 2)?

a) Have both a Legacy LEED AP and LEED Green Associate on the project team
b) Make 4 or more Credit Interpretation Requests (CIRs)
c) Achieve significant environmental performance using a strategy that is not covered or addressed in the LEED rating system
d) Achieve a LEED Pilot Credit
e) Use regional materials

17. A 750 square foot LEED v4 BD+C New Construction project is attempting to earn 80 points. What LEED Certification level will it earn?

a) Platinum
b) Gold
c) Silver
d) Certified
e) None of the above

18. The calculation for recycled content in a building material is based on:

a) Cost
b) Weight
c) Surface Area
d) Replacement cost
e) Harvest cycle

19. The combination of reflectance and emittance is known as:

a) Blackbody radiation
b) Albedo
c) Solar Reflectance Index (SRI)
d) Heat Island Effect

20. Which rating system requires an on-site evaluation prior to certification?

a) LEED for New Construction
b) LEED for Existing Buildings
c) LEED for Homes
d) LEED for Commercial Interiors
e) All of the above

Study Tip:LEED GA sample questions quiz

When preparing for any of the LEED exams, it is highly recommended that you use an accurate study guide and full 100 question practice tests, such as those from Poplar Education or GreenStep, until you can score in the 95-100% range.

For more tips on passing the exam, read these articles by Claire or Katie.

If you have any questions or would like test taking tips, email us or call (650) 746-4261.

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