Right before you take your exam, after you sit down at your LEED exam Prometric testing facility, you will be given 10 minutes to do a quick tutorial on how to use the testing software and program. Basically – I call it the “how to use a mouse” or “how to breath tutorial.” (Although it does teach you really quickly how to “mark” your questions so you can come back to them later, which is helpful, so don’t just blindly click through it).
I breezed through it in about 45 seconds and had the remaining 9:15 to do whatever. You do have the option to skip this time and start your test, but you should definitely use the remaining time to your advantage. If allowed to (some Prometric exam facilities do not allow this), use your pencil and 2 pieces of scratch paper to write stuff down, but don’t do what I did.
What did I do?
- First, I wrote down a chart which organized the credits, which was good. Quick, easy and informative.
- Then this is where I went wrong. I attempted to write down each and every single credit with points about each one so I could easily follow my chart throughout the test. I ended up not even using 95% of the stuff I wrote down or even referring to the chart for most of the questions. I already knew ABOUT the credits that were being asked – so this ended up being a total waste of time for me. It probably hurt me instead because I was so worried about getting all of the credits on this little piece of scratch paper within the time limit – and that clock is counting down right in front of you , so it can be a little stressful.
- The sad part was that I actually practiced this the night before until I could do it within 10 minutes. All of that practice was good because it actually helped me memorize the credits and their main points in a neat order – but everything I wrote down, I already knew like the back of my hand.
What do I recommend to do instead?
- Write down helpful quick charts that you’ve found or made up yourself.
- Write down anything you know that you have been having trouble with.
-Everyone will have a few things that, no matter how many times you go through your study material, you always end up forgetting for some reason. Know what these are going into the test and write them down during this time so when you DO forget them (like you always do) you’ll have them right there.
Everyone’s brain dump will be a little different, but this method should be easy to do within the 10 minute mark before you start your test. Don’t stress out (like me) about this pre-test brain dump of yours. It’s mainly used as a tactic to help you when you have brain-farts during the test.