This event recognizes PBL members who demonstrate competencies in writing, speaking, and listening concepts.

This event is composed of two parts:  an objective test and a writing exercise.  The one-hour objective test may include questions on mechanics of appropriate business English (e.g., grammar, punctuation); format and appropriateness of business messages (letters, reports, memos, emails, etc.); format and style differences with international communications; and listening, oral, and nonverbal concepts.

In addition each participant must complete a writing exercise (a written document in proper business format) prior to the State Leadership Conference.  No reference materials may be used.  Thirty minutes will be allowed for this portion of the event.  

Both the objective test and writing sample each constitute 50 percent of the final event score.  The objective test will be used to break a tie.



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 may be either disqualified or permitted to begin late with no extension of the time as scheduled. 

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


Thirty minutes will be allowed for the production portion of this event at the school testing site.  Additional time will be allowed for general directions, equipment set up, and warm up.  No reference materials may be used. 

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



Tests will be machine graded. Writing samples will be evaluated by a panel of judges.  The objective test and writing sample each constitute 50 percent of the final event score.  The objective test will be used to break a tie.


 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.