Academic Study Materials
Register as high school
(Coordinators for elementary and middle schools register under A+ Academics.)
UIL Essay Competitions
Barbara Jordan Historical Essay and Latino History Essay Competitions
results from previous years
Fiction Writing Contest
TEKS and College Readiness
The University Interscholastic League offers the most comprehensive program of academic competitive in the nation. UIL Academics offers more activities than any other UIL division, with 29 contests at the high school level and 20 A+ Academic contests for grades 2-8. More than half a million students participate in UIL academic contests each year.
These activities, which exist to complement the academic curriculum, are designed to motivate students as they acquire higher levels of knowledge, to challenge students to confront issues of importance, and to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively, exhibiting much more than knowledge and comprehension.
Academics News & Updates
Student Activity Conferences
The UIL will conduct four Student Activity Conferences in the fall of 2015.
September 12 - Tyler Junior College, Tyler
September 19 - Texas Tech University, Lubbock
October 31 - University of Texas at Austin
November 7 - Sam Houston State University, Huntsville
Detailed schedules will be posted as soon as information is available at the following link: http://www.uiltexas.org/academics/student-activity-conferences.
2015 UIL Academic State Meet Schedule
The TENTATIVE (some rooms/times will likely change) State Meet Academic schedule is now posted. PLEASE NOTE: some coaches meetings are on Monday, May 25, most events will compete on Tuesday, May 26, with finals in speaking events on Wednesday, May 27. This is to accommodate schools with finals and graduation that week.
Change in High School Spelling and Vocabulary Contest
Beginning the 2014-15 school year, the UIL Spelling and Vocabulary contest will have a few changes.
During Part II and III, the pronouncer will define all words, not just the ones from outside of the list. The new instructions to the pronouncer will read:
Up to 20 percent of the words on the tests are "outside words”, words not included in this year's UIL Word Power, and they are noted on the Pronouncer's Copy with an asterisk. Please define not only the outside words, but also all words on the Pronouncer’s List. The part of speech has been provided for each word to assist you, if necessary, in formulating illustrative sentences.
We are also having a change in test writers this year. Linda Berrey will be writing all parts of the test and Marcia Hilsabeck will be serving as the proofreader. We do not anticipate significant changes, but there are always a few differences when we have a change in writers of any test.