Spreadsheet ApplicationsCategory: Production & Objective Test
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. Competitors must complete both parts for award eligibility.
Production Test Competencies: Basic Mathematical Concepts; Data Organization Concepts; Creating Formulas; Functions; Generate Graphs for Analysis Purposes; Pivot Tables; Create Macros; Filter and Extract Data
Objective Test Competencies: Formulas; Functions; Graphics, Charts, and Reports; Pivot Tables and Advanced Tools; Macros and Templates; Filters and Extraction of Data; Format and Print Options; Purpose for Spreadsheets
Skills: Spreadsheet skills are necessary to convert data to information in business. This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate that they have acquired skills for spreadsheet development in business.
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.
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.
- Dues: Competitors must have paid FBLA national and state dues by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 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.
- A team shall consist of two or three members. Exceptions are Parliamentary Procedure which must be a team of four or five members, and LifeSmarts which must be a team of two members.
- All members of a team must consist of individuals from the same chapter.
Competitors are not permitted to compete in an event more than once at the national level 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.
- 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.
- 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 (report PDFs, resume/letter of application PDFs, and project URLs) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the second Friday in May.
- All URLs and PDFs for prejudged projects and reports will be submitted by the state adviser via the competitive events registration form.
- 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.
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).
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.
- Dress for Success—Members must be in business attire. Please review the the FBLA-PBL Dress Code. If you question if you are properly attired, then change.
- Read and follow explicitly the state and national competitive events guidelines. Be aware of differences between state and national guidelines.
- Check the status of membership dues. Students must be dues-paid members by March 1 to compete in national competition. The sooner dues are paid the sooner members will receive FBLA benefits.
- All materials must be received by the national center by the second Friday in May. Normally the state submits these materials, but some states request the local chapters submit their reports, website URLs, interview materials, etc.
- Remember, when competing at the district or state levels, materials are not sent to the national office.
- Become completely familiar with the procedures to be followed for participation in each type of event at the state and national levels.
- Determine from the rating sheets and guidelines the areas that will be judged and the weight given to each area.
- Obtain a variety of updated information on different subject areas and provide access to students for study.
- Contact former and current chapter members who have competed in previous years for suggestions.
- Find mentors and other experts who can help members prepare for competition. Involve faculty, advisory committee members, Professional Division members, businesspeople, community volunteers, and parents in study sessions and event preparation.
- Try to recreate as realistically as possible the conditions under which the competition will take place and PRACTICE.
- Make certain that the copies of materials to be submitted to judges are error-free and in the proper format.
- The FBLA-PBL Format Guide may be used for Computer Applications and Word Processing. For these events, you are working for the company FBLA-PBL and this is the office style manual.
- Any software may be used to complete a production test.
- Each production event is comprised of two parts—a computer production test at a test site designated by the state prior to NLC and an objective test administered at the NLC. Check the event guidelines to find out the weight for each part of the event.
- All national production tests must be submitted online to the national center by the third Friday in May.
Sample Practice Materials
2. Use SUM, MIN, MAX, COUNT, PMT, IF and AVERAGE functions while completing a spreadsheet template.
3. Use advanced functions/formulas (payment, future, value, and statistical).
4. Use and change mathematical functions and formulas, including absolute and relative cell references and what-if analysis.
5. Construct arithmetic formulas to solve typical business-oriented problems.
6. Use Lookup Functions and tables (Hookup or VLookup).
7. Create named ranges to be used in formulas and printing.
8. Evaluate formulas and locate invalid data and formulas.
9. Use cells from other worksheets inside a formula.
10. Use the fill handle with formulas.
2. Open, save, print, and close a spreadsheet.
3. Design, create, and edit spreadsheets using appropriate inputting, editing, and formatting skills.
4. Navigate and enter values, labels, and dates within a worksheet.
5. Demonstrate locking and freezing features.
6. Use wrap text and fill alignment features to make cell entries.
7. Import data from text files (insert, drag, and drop) and other applications.
8. Export data to other applications.
9. Create, edit, and remove a comment.
10. Apply and remove worksheet and workbook protections and security settings.
11. Track changes (highlight, accept, and reject).
12. Insert headers and footers in a spreadsheet.
13. Manipulate multiple worksheets in a workbook.
14. Incorporate spreadsheets in word processing documents.
15. Design and implement a spreadsheet project which includes multiple, integrated spreadsheets.
16. Use help features and reference materials to learn software and solve problems.
2. Import graphics elements in spreadsheet.
3. Change colors and apply spot color to graphics and text.
4. Add text boxes.
5. Edit, resize, crop, and manipulate copy and graphics.
6. Enhance and format charts
7. Create embedded charts.
8. Add and format chart arrows.
9. Explode pie charts.
10. Create and format information in reports.
11. Create advanced reports.
2. Create a pivot table.
3. Use Pivot Table autoformat.
4. Trace errors (find and fix errors.).
5. Link spreadsheet data.
6. Link workbooks.
7. Embed objects in spreadsheets.
2. Design, create, and edit a template for application.
3. Add a chart to the template.
4. Save a worksheet as a template.
5. Create a workbook from a template.
2. Sort a list (ascending, descending, etc.).
3. Search a list by more than one criterion.
4. Search a list by using AutoFilter.
5. Search a list using custom filters and operators.
6. Create filters using OR and AND.
7. Create filters using wildcards
8. Filter by numerical values, text, dates, etc.
9. Extract useful information using search queries.
10. Analyze and edit data.
11. Use built in statistical analysis features of spreadsheet software.
12. Import and export data.
2. Insert, delete, copy, and paste cells.
3. Enhance a spreadsheet by using formatting features (column width, justification, and values).
4. Align the data and apply borders and/or shading to a cell or a range of cells.
5. Apply number formats (accounting, currency, and number).
6. Apply automatic formatting to ranges.
7. Apply conditional formats
8. Create and modify custom data formats.
9. Adjust page setup for landscape or portrait layout.
10. Use print preview to view, proofread, and edit the spreadsheet.
11. Print designated areas of the spreadsheet with or without gridlines.
12. Use print scaling options (shrink to fit).
13. Set print specifications for formulas, graphs, worksheets, etc.
2. Differentiate among a variety of spreadsheet programs.
3. Organize a problem for solutions with spreadsheet software.
4. Plan and create a spreadsheet from data designed for a specific purpose.
5. Analyze, interpret, and present data.
6. Manipulate spreadsheet data to answer “what if” questions.
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