How a Contest is Conducted

If your school is selected to host your district contest and you will conduct the district Accounting contest, you first need to have a very clear understanding of the Rules of the contest.  The UIL Constitution & Contest Rules (C&CR) online has: 1) rules that are common to ALL academic contests, and 2) sections for each academic contest that include rules that apply only to that contest.  And finally, each academic contest will have its own "HANDBOOK."  

The Handbooks will also be used by regional contest directors and by the state contest director.  The Accounting Handbook will reinforce the rules as set forth in the C&CR, but will also offer detailed procedures for guidance regarding how a contest should be conducted in order to accomplish uniformity across the state.  The Accounting Handbook is available at the UIL Academics website.

Students interested in knowing what to expect on contest day may want to download the handout called A Typical Contest Day.  Also of benefit to students is the handout called Testing Tips.

Reviewed for Content June 17, 2023

Practice Penmanship!

The number one reason contestants receive a lower score than they anticipated is when points are lost because an answer is not legible.  If graders can't read your writing, they practice making an "x" on your answer sheet.

So as a part of your practice and contest preparation, focus on writing/printing your answers clearly and consistently.  Let your score truly reflect your knowledge and preparation.

Contest Preparation Tools

One of the best ways to prepare for competition is to attend invitational practice meets.  Hosting schools often post their meets on the UIL Academic website.

Prior year contest materials provide great practice.  Contest materials from the most recent prior year are only available directly from the UIL state office through their SHOP tab.  Ask your school's UIL Academic Coordinator or high school principal for ordering procedures.  There is a nominal download fee.

All other prior year contest materials are available free from this website using the Archived Exams link on the side menu.

Your school may also choose to purchase study materials or contest preparation aids from vendors.  For a complete list of all vendors known by the UIL state office who prepare Accounting contest preparation material, please see the UIL Academics website and use the tab called "Resources" and then look for the link called "Additional Resources."

Updated June 17, 2023

Who Is Your Competition?

Well, of course, your first answer should be "myself."  You want to continue to improve and beat your last score.

But in case you want to know more about the rest of the state, there is much data available in the side menu called State Contest Statistics.