Current Issues and Events
Elements of the Contest
The Current Issues and Events Contest focuses on a basic knowledge of current state, national and world events/issues and consists of 40 multiple-choice questions and one essay. The essay is intended to assess the competitor's ability to synthesize and evaluate information and present it in an informed manner.
Current Issues and Events Overview Video
The multiple choice test and the essay will cover important domestic and international issues, events, and personalities. Topics tend to (but do not always) fall in to the following categories:
- War & Conflict
- Science / Technology / Environment
- Education / Awards / Honors / Media / Deaths
The contest will focus on a basic knowledge of current state, national and world events and issues. “Current events” are defined as those that have occurred during the current school year so any material after Aug. 16, 2021 is fair game for any exam. However, the following cut-off dates may assist in studying for multiple-choice questions.
Invitational — Aug. 16 - Dec. 1 (A) or Jan. 3 (B)
District — Aug. 16 - Feb. 7
Region — Oct. 4 - March 7
State — Dec. 1 - April 29
The multiple choice test is worth 40 points total; the essay is worth 10 points total. The competitor with highest combined score (multiple choice + essay) will be the winner. For a more specific discussion of the scoring, please see the Constitution and Contest Rules.
UIL Regional and State Qualifiers
Remember, if your team or any individual cannot advance for any reason, it is your responsibility to notify the contest officials of the next higher meet as well as the alternate school of your inability to advance.
State contest director
Bradley Wilson, PhD
Sample Test & Key
(Based on Spring 2017 year's events and news)
Recommended Sites and Sources
- Texas Tribune
- Austin American-Statesman
- Dallas Morning News
- Houston Chronicle
- The New York Times
- Washington Post
- USA Today
- PBS News Hour
- National Public Radio
- Fox News