This event recognizes PBL members who demonstrate that they have acquired word processing proficiency beyond the entry level.

Participants should be well prepared in the production of all types of business forms, which may include letters, memorandums, tables, reports, statistical reports, and material from rough drafts and unarranged copy.  

Results will be based on the Format Guide and mailable copy.  Material that could be considered mailable with slight reservation will receive reduced credit. See Standards of Mailability.   Problems are weighted according to difficulty and may be completed in any order.  Results will be based on accuracy of printed copy.

In addition, participants will be tested on their understanding and mastery of basic computer concepts; document formatting rules; grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofreading; and word processing applications.



Participants must have paid state and national dues postmarked by February 15 of the current school year. 

State:           Each charter may enter six participants.

National:     See national guidelines:



State:           When it has been determined that a student will represent the charter at state competition, the appropriate entry form must be sent to the state adviser received by the date specified in the SLC registration packet.

National:     See national guidelines:

 • Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the state chapter and the national association.

• Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st or 2nd in this event at a previous State Leadership Conference.

• Participants failing to report on time for the event may be disqualified. 

• Participants must furnish their own No. 2 pencils and erasers.  No reference materials, electronic devices, or other items are to be brought to the objective test portion of this event.

• Participants must adhere to the dress code established by the Board of Directors, or they will not be permitted to participate in the competitive event.


One hour will be allowed for the skills test at the school testing site.  Additional time will be allowed for general directions, equipment set up, and warm up.  Problems are weighted according to difficulty and may be completed in any order.  The FBLA-PBL Format Guide is allowed as a reference at the test site.

Voice recognition software may be used where appropriate.  The local chapter must provide the software.

The district director (with the approval of the state adviser) will determine the central site location for the test.  The state adviser will provide the district directors with the dates. 



 Objective tests will be machine graded.  This test will be given at the State Leadership Conference and will constitute 20 percent of the final event score.

Judging of the skill test will be based on printed copy.  The documents will be evaluated by a panel of judges for this event.  All decisions of the judges are final.  The production portion of this event will constitute 80 percent of the final event score.

Ties will be broken based on the scores associated with the objective test portion of this event.



State:           State awards for the top five places are presented at the State Leadership Conference.

National:     The number of awards presented at the National Leadership Conference is determined by judges and/or number of entries.  The maximum number will be ten.