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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.

Additional Information


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

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. 14, 2023, is fair game for any exam. However, the following cut-off dates may assist in studying for multiple-choice questions.

Inv. A — Aug. 14 - Dec. 6, 2023
Inv. B — Aug. 14, 2023 - Jan. 1, 2024
District … Sept. 18, 2023 - Feb. 14, 2024
Region … Oct. 16, 2023 - March 26, 2024 
State … Jan. 2 - May 13, 2024



The multiple choice test is worth 80 points total; the essay is worth 20 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.