Objective Events

Graded Tests   • Although grade levels are combined by rule for competition in some events, districts have the option to allow additional students per grade level if resources and facilities are available.

Contests At a Glance

Art Memory
18 Art Memory Instructions and Official ListGrades:1234/5*6/7/8*


This activity provides a panoramic picture of international cultural arts history through the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C., as well as Texas art history through museums located across the state. All prints are reproductions of paintings from these galleries. Students are challenged to identify the artist and the work and answer questions about the art and the artists found in the Art Smart Bulletin, published every other year by TuneIn (800-488-6346)• The 2017-2019 Art Smart Bulletin is the official source this year.  2 students advance to State from combined grade levels 4 and 5, AND 2 students advance from combined grade levels in grades 6 through 8.

Music Memory
18 Music Memory Instructions and Official ListGrades:123/45/67/8


Students compete as individuals, awarded by COMBINED grade levels 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8, to identify composers and selections from some of the world’s best-known classics. Contestants have approximately 30 seconds to write answers as they hear 15-second segments of the music in competition. Students also take a 20-item multiple choice test over concepts found in Mighty Music Publishing current year Music Memory Student Handbook. Multiple teaching resources also accompany the handbook.  This resource is available only through Mighty Music Publishing.  (800-809-8963)

18 Math InstructionsGrades:12345678


In a comprehensive, multiple choice, 30-minute math test, students are challenged beyond their grade levels in a variety of general math questions, including algebraic equations introduced in grades 6-8. • 2 students from combined grades 2/3, and 2 from each grade level in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 advance to State.  Districts may opt to allow up to 3 entries per grade level in Grade 2/3 Math, but only the top 2 scoring students advance to State from the combined grade levels.

Number Sense
18 Number Sense InstructionsGrades:12345678


Contestants find high-speed solutions to math problems in this exciting and challenging 10-minute contest in mental mathematics.   • Grade levels compete separately, with 2 from each grade level advancing to State if at least 4 compete in the grade level.

Calculator Applications
18 Calculator InstructionsGrades:123456/7/8*


A thinker’s delight, this 30-minute contest develops mathematical reasoning and knowledge and requires application of problem solving skills toward realistic problems. Any calculator may be used in competition. • Grades 6 through 8 are combined in this contest, with 2 advancing to State.

18 Science InstructionsGrades:12345678


Earth, Life, and Physical Science information found in current textbooks, plus items from current science publications list, are tested in this 30-minute, multiple choice contest, which usually consists of 50 test questions. • 2 from each grade level advance to State.

Maps, Graphs, & Charts
18 Maps InstructionsGrades:12345678



This event is designed to provide students with experience in obtaining information from visual sources, Test include maps, graphs & charts needed to answer multiiple choice questions derived from the 2014 or newer edition (a 2016 edition is available at this posting) of the Nystrom Desk Atlas, which students bring to the contest. The grade 6-8 test includes additional questions from general geography and the adopted atlas. • 2 from each grade level advance to State. 

18 Spelling InstructionsGrades:1234567/8*


As spelling words are pronounced at approximately five words per minute, contestants may either write or print each word. While 25% of the test words come from outside sources, 75% come from the PSIA Spelling List. A different list is published annually for the three grade groups: grades 2/3, grades 4/5, and grades 6-8.  All grades compete separately, • except grades 7 and 8, which are combined for competition.  THE TIEBREAKER COMPONENT OF THIS CONTEST HAS BEEN ELIMINATED, BEGINNING WITH THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR.

18 Vocabulary InstructionsGrades:1234567/8*


SAT preparation skills, including word usage, reading comprehension, and analogies, are honed through this challenging multiple choice, 30-minute contest.  • 2 advance from each grade, except for combined grades 7/8. Grade levels 7 and 8 are combined for competition.  Grades 5 and 6 are graded separately. 

Dictionary Skills
18 Dictionary Skills InstructionsGrades:1234/5*6/7/8*


Students use all elements of the dictionary (Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition) in the contest room, as they learn practical techniques for extracting and applying resource information.  • Combined contest for grades 4/5 & 6-8, with the top 2 advancing from each combined contest to State.

18 Listening InstructionsGrades:1234/5*6/7/8*


Good listening skills enhance any academic area, and the study materials are useful for all students. Contestants may take notes as they listen to the contest script on CD, and then use these notes as they answer objective test questions in 7 minutes• Combined for competition are grades 4 & 5 and grades 6-8, with the top 2 advancing to State from each combined contest.