LEED Exam Formats and Procedures

About the LEED Exam

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), who created the LEED standards and exam, relies on a network of education partners to prepare candidates for the LEED exam.

Everblue is the largest USGBC Education Partner with students reporting a 99% first-time pass rate.

We'll teach you everything you need to know to pass.


How is the LEED Exam Structured?

The LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED AP exams are computer-based exams that follow this format:

100 Questions

2 Hour Exam

Closed Book

Taken in Person


What Does the LEED Exam Cover?

The LEED Green Associate Exam pulls content from all of the LEED rating systems.

The LEED AP Specialty Exams focus on their respective LEED rating system.

LEED exam breakdown

The exam content is organized into "Knowledge Domains" (see below). Notice how the topic focus shifts depending on which exam you take (left).

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

How are the LEED Exams Scored?

The questions are all weighted differently, so there is no target number for how many questions to get correct.

The USGBC has a pool of 1000+ questions that they can pull from to make the exams, so no two exams will look the same.

The USGBC does not share its database of questions with anyone.


Passing score


Highest possible score


Unscored questions


Possible questions


When Can I Schedule my LEED Exam?

The LEED exams are offered Monday - Saturday from 8 AM - 8 PM.
screenshot of Prometric website

You'll be able to choose the exact date and time of your exam appointment.

Registering for your LEED exam is a 2-step process:

  • First, create a USGBC account and purchase your exam from them.
  • Then, find a local Prometric test center and choose a test session.

Prometric has locations in nearly every major city in the world, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding one within driving distance.

We provide detailed instructions on how to register for your LEED exam during our course. Sign Up Now!

LEED Exam Registration

Important LEED Exam Deadlines

Make sure that you have the time to prepare for your LEED exam.

And know these USGBC rules on taking your exam.

1 Year

Time period in which you have to take your exam after buying it

90 Days

Time period you must wait if you let your exam period expire

3 Chances

Number of times you can take the LEED exam in one year

30 Days

Cancel or reschedule up to 30 days before without a fee


How Much Does the LEED Exam Cost?

The USGBC offers a variety of price levels for its LEED exams.


What is the Combined Exam?

The Combined Exam is the LEED Green Associate exam immediately followed by the LEED AP Specialty exam (no breaks).

It's a fast-track to LEED AP, but you have to pass both parts to earn the LEED AP credential.


  • Save $50 ($550 instead of $600 for Green Associate and AP separately)
  • Jumps you up to the LEED AP level in one quick step



  • Must pass both parts, or else you walk away empty-handed
  • 4-hour test can be overwhelming and exhausting

How Do I Prepare for the LEED Exam?

That's where we come in!

At Everblue, we offer LEED Exam Prep classes to ensure that you earn your LEED credential without a problem.

Start today with the LEED Green Associate Exam Prep training and take advantage of our Pass Guarantee!