If anyone is curious I also took the USGBC NC Technical Review course and the USGBC online course, “Essentials of LEED Professional Accreditation” (both courses were very helpful and paid for by my company). If you want to take a course, but can’t get your company to pay, I’d recommend the online course since it’s much cheaper. It offers quite a lot of practice questions as well. Lastly, I also took practice exams on – very helpful, and it gave plenty of the practice “tricky” questions I note below.
Stephanie Ferree Hyatt The lead AP English teacher for Huntsville City Schools, Stephanie Ferree Hyatt teaches AP English Language and Composition at Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2012, Hyatt was named Teacher of the Year for both Lee High School and Huntsville City Schools. Hyatt is actively involved with the A+ College Ready Initiative, for whom she teaches AP exam prep sessions for students and curriculum workshops for teachers. Her most recent projects and presentations relate to teaching rhetorical analysis through fiction passage analysis and integrating technology into the AP English classroom. Hyatt holds a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Alabama Huntsville and an Educational Specialist Degree in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University.
Independent research on the academic benefits of the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course indicates that not all students receive academic benefits from participating in the course. In a study with a sample size of over 90,000, the authors found that students who took the AP English Language and Composition course did not receive any increase in academic achievement unless they also prepared for and took the AP test. The authors controlled for over 70 intervening variables and found that AP students who took and passed the English Composition and Literature exam had ACT scores that were points higher than non-AP students or AP English students who did not take their course's AP test.  This led the authors to state that AP participation "... is not beneficial to students who merely enroll in the courses ..."  :p. 414