Computer Applications

Category: Production & Objective Test
Type: Individual

Overview

Two (2) parts: a production test administered and proctored at a designated school-site prior to the NLC and a 60-minute objective test administered onsite at NLC.

Production Test Competencies: Create, Search, and Query Databases; Spreadsheet Functions and Formulas; Text Slide Graphics and Presentations; Business Graphics; Word Processing

Objective Test Competencies: Basic Computer Terminology and Concepts; Presentation, Publishing, and Multimedia Applications; Email, Integrated and Collaboration Applications; Netiquette and Legal Issues; Spreadsheet and Database Applications; Security; Formatting, Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, and Proofreading


Guidelines

Production & Objective Test Guidelines
Production Test Guidelines
  • Documents produced for this event must be prepared by the competitor without help from the adviser or any other person.
  • Administration of the production test is determined by the state chair/adviser.
  • No calculators are allowed to be used on the production test.
  • The production score will constitute 85% of the final event score.
  • The production test score will be used to break a tie.
  • Tests must be uploaded online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the third Friday in May.
Objective Test Guidelines
  • No materials may be brought to the testing site.
  • No calculators may be brought into the testing site; calculators will be provided.
  • Electronic devices must be turned off and out of sight.
  • Bring a writing instrument.
General Guidelines

The general event guidelines below are applicable to all national competitive events. Please review and follow these guidelines when competing at the national level. When competing at the state level, check the state guidelines since they may differ.

Eligibility

  • Dues: Competitors must have paid FBLA national and state dues by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 1 of the current school year.
  • NLC Registration: Participants must be registered for the NLC and pay the national conference registration fee in order to participate in competitive events.
  • Deadlines: The state chair, or designee, must register each state competitor on the official online entry forms by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the second Friday in May.
  • Each state may submit four (4) entries in all events except LifeSmarts, Virtual Business Finance Challenge, and Virtual Business Management Challenge.
  • Each competitor can only compete in one (1) individual/ team event and one (1) chapter event.
  • Each competitor must compete in all parts of an event for award eligibility.

Repeat Competitors

Competitors are not permitted to compete in an event more than once at the NLC unless one of the following circumstances applies:

  • Modified Events: A competitor may compete in the same event when the event is modified. Note, if the only modification is a name change, competitors may not compete in the renamed event.
  • Team Events: One (1) competitor of the team may have competed in the same event at one (1) previous NLC; however, they may not compete more than twice in the event at the national level.
  • Chapter Events: Competitors may compete in a chapter event more than once (American Enterprise Project, Community Service Project, and Partnership with Business Project).
  • Individual Entry: A competitor who competed as an individual entry in a team event at the national level may compete in the same event a second time as part of a team, but not a second time as an individual.
  • Parliamentary Procedure: Two (2) competitors of the team may have competed in this event at a previous NLC; however, they may not compete more than twice at the national level.
  • Pilot Event: Competition in a pilot event does not disqualify a competitor from competing in the same event if it becomes an official competitive event. The participant may compete in another event as well as a pilot event.

Breaking Ties

  • Objective Tests: Ties are broken by comparing the correct number of answers to the last 10 questions on the exam. If a tie remains, the competitor who completed the test in a shorter amount of time will place higher. If this does not break the tie, answers to the last 20 questions will be reviewed and determine the winner.
  • Objective and Production Tests: The production test scores will be used to break a tie.
  • Objective Tests and Performances: The objective test score will be used to break a tie based on the tie-breaking criteria of objective tests.
  • Reports/Projects and Performances: The report/project scores will be used to break a tie.
  • Performances: Judges must break ties and all judges’ decisions are final.

National Deadlines

  • State chair/adviser must register all competitors for NLC competitive events online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the second Friday in May.
  • All prejudged components (reports, websites, projects, statement of assurance) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the second Friday in May.
  • All prejudged projects and reports must be submitted electronically.
  • All Statements of Assurance must be submitted online.
  • All production tests must be received at FBLA-PBL by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the third Friday in May.
  • All production tests must be uploaded online.
  • State chair/adviser may make name changes only (no additional entries) by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the first Friday in June. Competitor drops are the only changes allowed after this date and onsite.

National Awards

The number of competitors will determine the number of winners. The maximum number of winners for each competitive event is 10. Only one (1) award is given to the schools competing in chapter events (American Enterprise Project, Community Service Project, Local Chapter Annual Business Report, and Partnership with Business Project).

Additional Materials

Certain events may allow the use of additional materials. Please refer to event guidelines.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

FBLA‑PBL meets the criteria specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act for all participants who submit a special needs form.

Recording of Presentations

No unauthorized audio or video recording devices will be allowed in any competitive event. Participants in the performance events should be aware the national association reserves the right to record any performance for use in study or training materials.


Preparation

Sample Practice Materials

Format Guide

Competencies
Competency
Tasks
Basic Computer Terminology and Concepts
1. Use and understand basic computer terminology.
2. Explain the purpose, operation, and care of hardware components.
3. Install, configure, optimize, and upgrade operating software and application software on computers and other portable devices.
4. Identify tools, diagnostic procedures, and troubleshooting techniques for components and operating systems for personal computers, laptops, and portable devices.
5. Apply basic commands and navigate the operating system including such things as creating backups and determining memory and disk space.
6. Input data and commands using peripherals (keyboard, light pen, mouse, scanner, and voice recognition).
7. Manage file storage through the use of file and disk management techniques such as copy, move, store, rename, retrieve, save, delete, compress, decompress, and create/manipulate folders and directories.
8. Use a browser to search and navigate hypertext documents and to download files.
9. Use Internet search engines and understand their advantages and disadvantages.
10. Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness of information retrieved from the Web.
11. Identify the different parts of a browser window (pull-down menus, toolbar, address box, status bar, scroll bar, close button, maximize and minimize buttons, and title bar).
12. Analyze emerging technologies used by business and industry
13. Identify the fundamental principles and basic concepts of installing, configuring, optimizing, and upgrading printers and scanners.
14. Identify tools and diagnostic procedures to troubleshoot printers and scanners and perform basic printer functions (load paper, change cartridge, repair paper jam, etc.).
15. Identify and use appropriate resources to obtain assistance (Help menu, manuals, Web site).
16. Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of various processing, storage, retrieval, and transmission technologies.
17. Identify the fundamental principles and basic concepts of networks including installing, configuring, optimizing, and upgrading.
18. Identify network devices including network connectivity hardware and describe their functions.
Presentation, Publishing, and Multimedia Applications
1. Identify components of a presentation program (layout views, slide, toolbars, and dialog box).
2. Use presentation software to create a presentation with multiple types of slides incorporating effective use of text, graphics, fonts, builds, preset animation, and transitions
3. Use presentation software to include diagrams, color and graphic modifications, animation schemes, custom backgrounds, action buttons, hyperlinks, sound, video, and speaker notes.
4. Deliver presentation with supporting materials
5. Apply desktop publishing principles to create, design, edit, and produce documents using text and graphics.
6. Create visual communications involving text and graphic data (brochures, pamphlets, fliers, and newsletters).
7. Utilize graphic manipulation techniques (wrap text, Word Art) to insert visual aids into document.
8. Create visual communications involving art work (freehand drawing applications, clip art, digitized images).
9. Save cropped or modified images in different file formats.
10. Demonstrate input of data and graphics from various sources (Web, scanner, digital camera).
11. Design, create, edit, and format web pages incorporating various types of media (text, image, video, and audio).
12. Apply multimedia software to create multimedia projects.
Email, Integrated and Collaboration Applications
1. Produce documents integrating word processing, spreadsheet, and related charts, database files, reports, and presentation files.
2. Use an electronic mail program to send and receive electronic mail including an attachment
3. Manage personal schedule and contact information to include distribution lists.
4. Research privacy issues related to e-mail accounts and dangers of receiving e-mails from unknown sources.
5. Identify inappropriate actions related to forwarding and mass e-mailings.
6. Demonstrate skills using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software to complete workgroup collaboration to include inserting and reviewing comments.
7. Use collaborative/groupware applications to manage shared schedule, contact information, shared files, online information, instant messaging, or virtual meetings.
Netiquette and Legal Issues
1. Explain concepts related to copyright rules and regulations and public domain (images, music, video, and software).
2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of issues regarding software copyright, software licensing, and software copying.
3. Discriminate between ethical and unethical uses of computers and information.
4. Identify potential abuse and explain the consequences of illegal and unethical use of information technologies (piracy, illegal downloading, licensing infringement, and inappropriate use of software, hardware, and mobile devices).
5. Apply netiquette skills to create, send, receive, and reply to electronic communications, including e-mail and telephone.
Spreadsheet and Database Applications
1. Define spreadsheet terminology (cell, row, column, range, label, value, formula, function, worksheet, relative, absolute, and legend).
2. Create, edit, save, and print worksheets using spreadsheet commands, functions, and formulas.
3. . Design and enhance worksheets by inserting, deleting, moving, and copying columns and rows.
4. Use electronic spreadsheet to create, save, print, modify, and obtain graphs and appropriate charts with titles and legends.
5. Rename, rearrange, and manipulate multiple worksheets in a workbook.
6. Use an electronic spreadsheet program to enhance the appearance of a spreadsheet by changing fonts, foreground and background colors, and centering text across columns.
7. Define database terminology (query, DBMS, field, record, file, and data type).
8. Plan and create a database.
9. Enter data and edit fields and records for a particular situation.
10. Query, sort, prioritize, merge, and retrieve data from databases.
11. Use a database management program to create, format, maintain, and print reports and tables from a simple relational database.
Security
1. Identify security issues related to computer hardware, software, and data use.
2. Explain concepts of security, integrity, courtesy, and confidentiality related to information and communication systems
3. Adhere to privacy, safety and security policies and legislation (acceptable use policy, Web page policies, computer crime, fraud, and abuse).
4. Demonstrate an awareness of computer viruses and basic understanding of ways to protect a computer from viruses.
5. Diagnose and troubleshoot hardware, software, and data security issues.
6. Diagnose and troubleshoot hardware, software, and data security issues.
Formatting, Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, and Proofreading
1. Identify security issues related to computer hardware, software, and data use.
2. Explain concepts of security, integrity, courtesy, and confidentiality related to information and communication systems.
3. Adhere to privacy, safety and security policies and legislation (acceptable use policy, Web page policies, computer crime, fraud, and abuse).
4. Demonstrate an awareness of computer viruses and basic understanding of ways to protect a computer from viruses.
5. Diagnose and troubleshoot hardware, software, and data security issues.
6. Perform preventative maintenance techniques for computer security.

Alignment

NBEA Standards
  • Communication
  • Information Technology
Career Clusters
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Information Techology
  • S.T.E.M.

Eligibility

States may submit up to 4 entries.
Competitors must be registered for NLC and pay registration fee.
Competitors must pay dues by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on March 1.

Timeline

Test: 1 hour
Home-site Production Test: 2 hours