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Current Issues & Events

UIL Academics

Jed Wilshire
UIL District Chair
[email protected]
Phone: 361-790-2220

Sponsor: Ryan Edmonds

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.


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
  • International
  • Domestic
  • Economics
  • Science / Technology / Environment
  • Education / Awards / Honors / Media / Deaths
  • Texas

Questions will be drawn from events occurring in the following date ranges:

  • Invitational: Sept 1 - Jan 1
  • District: Sept 1 - Feb 1?
  • Region: Nov 1 - April 1
  • State: Dec 1 - May 1



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.