UIL Information and Event Descriptions


This year our UIL Competition will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Tomball Junior High School. Tryouts/Pretests will be scheduled towards the beginning of October. More information will be sent home on September 19th in your child's Wednesday Folder. 



Number Sense (4th grade):  A ten-minute, mental math competition, consisting of eighty problems.  No mark other than the answer can be made on the answer document. Calculators and scratch paper are not permitted.  Five points are awarded for each correct answer, four points deducted for each incorrect answer and for each problem skipped.


Oral Reading (4th grade):  A maximum of six minutes is given for a contestant to read a self-selected piece of poetry aloud.  No costumes or props may be permitted.  The contestant will be judged on the understanding of the text, appropriateness of the selections, how well the performer prepared and made the meaning of the selection clear, and how well the performer captured the essence of the literary work.


Spelling (3rd & 4th grade):  A written spelling competition of fifty words, given at a rate of about five words per minute.  Punctuation and legible writing are considered.  A fifteen-word tiebreaker round is given as well.


Ready Writing (3rd & 4th grade): Contestants are given a choice between two prompts to analyze for the purpose of writing, format, audience, and point of view.  The product may be descriptive, narrative, or persuasive.  No limit in minimum or maximum number of words.  The writing will be judged on interest (50%), organization (35%), and correctness of style (15%).  There will be a one hour writing limit. A dictionary and a thesaurus may be used; however, students must bring their own dictionary/thesaurus if they choose.


Story Telling (2nd & 3rd grade):  Contestants shall listen to a storyteller read a brief story (between 600 and 1100 words long) only once, and then retell that story in their own words before a judge or judges.  Contestants may not use costumes or props in the contest.  To tell a story, the contestant must develop skills in listening, thinking and speaking.  This contest also allows for the development of creative expression.


Creative Writing (2nd grade): Contestants will be given a prompt with several captioned pictures.  From these pictures, the students will create an original story based on their selections in 30 minutes.  The stories must contain at least one of the pictured items, but it is not required that all items on the page be included.  This contest is designed to promote creativity in an academic format and to encourage writing skills at an early grade level. There will be a two-hour writing limit.


 Chess Puzzle Solving (2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade):  Contestants will be given a 30 minute objective test.  Students will need to have advanced knowledge of how to play Chess AND be able to look at chess puzzles to solve the objective questions.