The national center has provided an FBLA Competitive Events Online Reference Guide. By clicking on the obejctive test button, a list of all the tests will show. The competency PDF that is linked have the same competencies that are provided to test writers. By studying these competencies, or more specifically, the items that are unfamiliar, you increase your odds of being able to excel during the test. There are also a few sample questions available. All questions are multiple choice, but written based on the competencies.
There are several things that can be done to prepare for a performance event:
Know what is expected. Read all you can about the event. Is there a topic? What is the time limit? Will there be a Q&A at the end?
Review the rating sheet. This sheet is what judges will use to score performances, so knowing what is expected is critical.
Practice. Practice in front of classmates. Practice in front of family. Practice in front of local business partners. Practice in front of teachers and administrators. Have each of them complete a rating sheet and encourage them to be completely honest. Use the feedback to work to improve your performance.
Memorize. Yes, you can have a note card in your pocket, but the people that walk across stage at NLC have completely memorized their performances. Practice until you know your performance from memory.
Watch others. YouTube and SchoolTube have performances that are posted from not only national events but from other state competitions. Watch as much as you can. Use the rating sheets to rate their performances and see what they did that was good and what could be done to make yours better too.
Don’t forget to shake hands with the judges and thank them for their time! While this seems simple, it can make the difference between making finals or not or making stage or not, so be sure to shake hands and thank the judges.
In late February or early March, the national center publishes the NLC Conference Guide, which has many important pieces of information. The guide and other information can be found on the national website, under the Conference tab.
In August or September, the national center publishes the NFLC Conference Guide, which has many important pieces of information. The guide and other information can be found on the national website, under the Conference tab.