Exam Descriptions

Department of Business

Accounting
The test will be objective in nature and will not relate to any particular accounting text. Students should be familiar with accounting terminology and all steps in the accounting cycle including adjusting and closing entries. Other selected topics such as basic inventory methods, depreciation, and interest calculations will also be covered. Hand held calculators will be allowed. A minimum score of 70% must be achieved in order to be eligible for awards.
Business Law
Students must be either currently enrolled in business law or have had business law within the last academic year. The test will cover the legal system in general, contract law, Article Two of the Uniform Commercial Code (Sale of Goods), using credit, and commercial paper. A minimum score of 70% must be achieved in order to be eligible for awards.
Economics
Students must be currently enrolled in a business or economics course. The test will be an objective one-hour exam encompassing all major areas of economics. A minimum score of 70% must be achieved in order to be eligible for awards.
Introduction to Business
Students must be currently enrolled in a business course. The test will cover current issues, problems, and practices of the free enterprise system and the businesses that operate within it. The primary focus will be the American free enterprise system, but the impacts of global systems and competition may be considered. The test will not relate to any particular text, but reading business magazines and newspapers is recommended. A minimum score of 65% must be achieved in order to be eligible for awards.

Department of Computing & Technology

Computer Literacy
Offered by the Department of Computing and Technology, this exam is designed to test student knowledge of concepts and terms relative to computer information systems, data processing, systems analysis, hardware/software, computer languages, etc. This is not a programming test, but rather a general computer literacy exam. It is recommended that students either have completed or are currently enrolled in a computer course. Only students scoring at least 80% will be considered for winning places. Specific questions have been selected for use to break ties.
Computer Science
The computer science test is open to any student who is familiar with at least one high-level programming language. Test questions which deal with programming topics are expressed in a pseudo language similar to C/C++/Java. The examination assumes some familiarity with each of the following concepts:
               1. Number bases
               2. Decision structures
               3. Loop structures
               4. Array structures
               5. Searching techniques and their characteristics
               6. Sorting techniques and their characteristics
               7. Program tracing 

The exam is approximately 25 questions in length. The minimum score required to be among the finalists is 70%.

Department of Education

No Exams

Department of Psychology

Psychology
Students must have completed or be currently enrolled in a psychology course. The psychology test is a 100 item multiple choice test. The student can be ranked only if he/she scores 60 or above.

Department of Social Sciences

American History
This examination consists of 100 multiple choice questions. The material covered begins with colonization and ends in the mid-1980’s. Examination questions concentrate on political and diplomatic events. Minimum score: 60
Geography
The examination consist of 100 multiple choice questions. The material covered includes questions dealing with physical, economic, human, and world regional geography.
Sociology
The Sociology test contains 50 multiple choice questions. The test covers major concepts, terminology, and theories in the discipline of Sociology. Many of the questions ask the contestant to recognize the association between a major theorist and his or her theory. All of the questions are designed to be “textbook neutral.” By “textbook neutral,” we mean that any major introductory textbook in sociology should contain enough information for the student to answer all or most of the questions on the test. Minimum score for ranking is 70%.
United States Government
This test is designed to measure knowledge of the basic philosophy, institutions, processes and policies of U.S. national government. Questions concerning philosophical foundations will address the Declaration of Independence, Federalist #10, and the Gettysburg Address. Questions on institutions will cover Congress, the Presidency, the Supreme Court, and federal bureaucracy. Questions concerning governmental processes will include public opinion, political parties, the media, interest groups, and campaigns and elections. The test is composed of 50 multiple choice questions.
World History
This examination consists of 100 multiple choice questions. The material covered begins with ancient times and ends in the mid-1980’s. Examination questions concentrate on political and diplomatic events. Minimum acceptable score is 60.

Department of Sports & Exercise Science

No Exams

Department of Agricultural & Biological Sciences

Anatomy & Physiology
Open to all high school students. Areas which may be included in test: structure and function of human body tissues, organs, and systems.
Biology—Advanced
Open to students in 11th grade and above. Areas which may be included in test: cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, organism diversity, ecology and the scientific method.
Biology—General
Open to all high school students. Areas which may be included in the test: cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, organism diversity, ecology and the scientific method.

Department of Art, Music & Theatre

Drawing
Theme of the competition: The Skeleton. You will be creating a realistic drawing from direct observation of a still life composed of skeletons and other objects. You will not be required to draw the entire still life; instead, you will choose a portion to draw, demonstrating your ability to create a strong composition. You will also need to demonstrate excellent perceptual and technical skills, including the use of light and dark values throughout the composition. Official Interscholastic Information: 9:00 am – receive instructions; 9:15 am – begin drawing, 11:15 am – end drawing. Winners announced at 12:00 noon. Materials furnished by Cameron: paper only. Materials furnished by student: Please bring your graphite drawing pencils, eraser, and an 18 x 24 drawing board. Students will be using horse benches, not tables. Contest is in the Art Building, Room 125. If you have any questions please call Monika Linehan, 580-581-2451 or 581-2450.​
Instrumental Solo Competitions
Piano Solo

1. Students should choose a piano solo they can perform by memory. Performing time shall not exceed seven minutes. Composition may not be cut except for dot repeats including first ending. A 10 second warm-up is allowed once the performer is seated at the piano before the audition performance.
2. Each student must have a copy of each composition for the judge. Neither the name of the teacher nor the name of  the student should appear on the music. Reproductions of published music should not be used.
3. The decision of the judge is final.
4. Students will be judged in three groups of two students per grade: 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade.
Brass, Percussion, Strings, Woodwind
     1. Students should choose an instrumental solo they
      can perform (brass, percussion, strings, or woodwind).
      Performing time shall not exceed six minutes. 
      Composition may not be cut except for dot repeats
      including first endings.
      2. Each student must have a copy of their composition
      for the judge. Neither the name of the teacher nor the
      student should appear on the music.
      3. The decision of the judge is final.
Vocal Solo
1. Students should choose a vocal solo that they can perform by memory. Suggested repertoire includes Old English songs, Classical Italian, Romantic Art songs, or Contemporary Art songs. Performing time shall not exceed seven minutes. Compositions may not be cut except for dot repeats including first endings.
2. Each student must have a copy of each composition for the judge. Neither the name of the teacher or the student should appear on the music. Reproductions of published music shall not be used.
3. A student should have his own accompanist. However, if the student wishes to sing with a taped accompaniment he should bring his own tape player and have the tape ready to begin at the appropriate place. Excessive length of time due to technical problems with the tape or tape player will disqualify the student from consideration. THERE WILL NOT  be a tape player available other than those that the individual student brings with him or her.
4.  The decision of the judge is final.
5. Students will be judged in four groups: 9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade.
Monologue
Each contestant must be a full-time student at the high school they are representing. Each contestant will perform one (1) monologue. It should be no longer than four (4) minutes. If the student exceeds four minutes, the Theatre Tournament Director will drop the contestant one ranking point from each judge. The monologue should be from a published play script. No original pieces will be accepted. The introduction should include only the following: The actor’s name, the character they are playing, the playwright and the play. The monologue will be judged on the following criteria: Introduction, Memorization, General Comprehension of script, Emotion Line, Relaxation, Use of pause, and Natural Reaction. A minimum score of 70 is needed in order to be ranked.
Monologue Scoring
     1. Introduction                                       (5 points)
     2. Memorization                                    (10 points)
     3. Diction/accent                                   (10 points)
     4. Projection                                          (10 points)
     5. Physical Variation                              (10 points)
     6. Vocal Variation                                   (15 points)
     7. General Comprehension of Script     (5 points)
     8. Emotional Line                                   (10 points)
     9. Relaxation                                          (8 points)
     10. Use of pause                                    (7 points)
     11. Natural Reaction                               (10 points)

Department of Physics, Chemistry & Engineering

Chemistry-Advanced
The chemistry exam is a multiple choice examination covering material from atomic theory, structure and hybridization, molecular structure, and molecular bonding, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and base behavior, electrochemistry, unit conversions, empirical and molecular formulas, molarity, and colligative properties. The students should be familiar with the basic formulas and units of measure (especially SI units) commonly encountered in these areas of chemistry. Students may use scientific calculators. Minimum score for ranking is 50%
Chemistry
The chemistry exam is a multiple choice examination covering material from atomic theory, structure and hybridization, molecular structure and molecular bonding, stoichiometry, unit conversions, empirical and molecular formulas, molarity, and colligative properties. The students should be familiar with the basic formulas and units of measure (especially SI units) commonly encountered in these areas of chemistry. Students may use scientific calculators. Minimum score for ranking is 50%
Physics
The exam covers topics from the following areas of physics: Motion (kinetics and dynamics), work-energy, momentum, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, light and optical devices, and atomic physics. Students should know the fundamental laws, units of measure (especially the SI) for the most important physical quantities, the important formulas, and how to use algebra to solve problems. The test is multiple choice and designed so that only one answer is correct. Students may use scientific calculators.  Minimum score for ranking is 60%.

Department of Communication

Impromptu Speaking
Each speaker will draw three topics, from which he/she will select one. Topics will be of a proverb or famous quotation in nature. The student will have a total of four minutes in which to prepare and deliver a speech based on the topic drawn. Notes composed after topic selection are permitted. Timing commences with the acceptance of the topic sheet. If the time exceeds four minutes, the speech tournament director will drop the contestant one ranking point from each judge.
Yearbook Fundamentals
Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, this test will consist of 50 multiple choice questions based on Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Scholastic Yearbook Fundamentals, 3rd edition. The minimum acceptable score for the test is 70%.
Newspaper Fundamentals
Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, this test will consist of 50 multiple choice questions based on Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Scholastic Yearbook Fundamentals, 3rd edition. The minimum acceptable score for the test is 70%.

Department of English & Foreign Languages

English Advanced
Open to eleventh and twelfth grade students. The test will consist of approximately 100 items grouped into six sections:
1) recognition of synonyms, antonyms, and analogous relationships—A is to B as _ is to _;
2) recognition of effective coordination, subordination, and logical construction;
3) recognition of errors in sentence mechanics-comma splices, fused sentences, fragments, and subject-verb & pronoun-antecedent agreement;
4) recognition of effective sentences in terms of word choice, shifts, conjunctive devices, parallel structure, and pronoun usage;
5) identification of logical fallacies;
6) recognition of expository patterns and the components
    of effective paragraphs.
The minimum acceptable score on this test will be a 50.
English 2
Entrants must be currently enrolled in tenth grade English. The test includes questions on functional and descriptive grammar, spelling and punctuation, dictionaries and library reference materials, as well as a literature section with questions on “classics” for class study, young adult books, figurative language and poetic mater, and the characteristics of literacy form. The minimum acceptance score on the test will be 50.
English Literature
Test consists of 100 true/false, multiple choice, and matching questions on English authors and their works grouped as follows:
1) Old English Period- 8 items;
2) Middle English- 9 items;
3) Renaissance-12 items;
4) 17th and 18th Centuries and English Novel- 24 items;
5) Romantic and Victorian Ages- 20 items;
6) Modern Age-7 items;
7) Recognition of terms of figurative language in poetry- 8 items;
8) Recognition of terms for analysis of prose fiction- 8 items;
9) General questions on drama- 5 items.
The minimum acceptable score on this test will be 50.
American Literature
This examination consists of 100 true/false, multiple choice, and matching questions on American Authors and their work as well as on some general characteristics of the major periods of American Literature.  The minimum score on this test will be 50.

Foreign Languages
French 1
Test consists of vocabulary and grammar covered in the first year of high school French. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
French 11
Test consists of vocabulary and grammar covered in the second year of high school French. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
French Advanced
Test consists of vocabulary and grammar covered in the first three years of high school French. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
French Native
Test consist of vocabulary and grammar used by educated people whose home language is French. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
Spanish 1
Test consists of vocabulary and grammar covered in the first year of high school Spanish. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
Spanish 2
Test consists of vocabulary and grammar covered in the second year of high school Spanish. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
Spanish Advanced

Test consists of vocabulary and grammar covered in the first three years of high school Spanish. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
Spanish Native
Test consist of vocabulary and grammar used by educated people whose home language is Spanish. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
German 1
Test consists of vocabulary and grammar covered in the first year of high school German. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
German 2
Test consists of vocabulary and grammar covered in the second year of high school German. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
German Advanced

Test consists of vocabulary and grammar covered in the first three years of high school German. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.
German Native
Test consists of vocabulary and grammar used by educated people whose home language is German. The minimum acceptable score is 70%.

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Algebra 2
The algebra II exam is a multiple choice examination over topics covered in a second year high school algebra course and includes: exponential and logarithmic functions, radicals, absolute values, systems of equations and inequalities, conic sections, polynomial functions, complex numbers, matrices and determinants. A student must score at least a 50% on the exam in order to be a finalist. Scientific and graphing calculators are allowed, except for those with built-in computer algebra systems (e.g. TI-89, TI-92/Voyage 200, TI– NSpire CAS, etc.). Students are responsible for their own calculators and batteries.
Geometry
The geometry exam is a true/false and multiple choice examination over topics covered in a Euclidean Geometry course and includes questions on Plane and Solid Geometry. Topics covered are definitions, axioms, theorems, proofs, application problems, relationships, and formulas. A student must score at least a 50% on the exam in order to be a finalist. Scientific and graphing calculators are allowed, except for those with built-in computer algebra systems (e.g. TI-89, TI-92/Voyage 200, TI-NSpire CAS, etc.). Students are responsible for their own calculators and batteries.
Trigonometry
The trigonometry exam is a multiple choice examination covering the basics of plane trigonometry, which includes the evaluation of trigonometric functions and their inverses, polar coordinates, complex numbers, trigonometric identities, and solutions of triangles.  Scientific and graphing calculators are allowed, except for those with built-in computer algebra systems (e.g. TI-89, TI-92/Voyage 200, TI– NSpire CAS, etc.). Students are responsible for their own calculators and batteries.