Word processing skills are necessary for all business leaders. This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate acquired word-processing skills.

The one-hour skills portion of this event requires participants to be well prepared in basic word processing knowledge and in the production of all types of business forms; letters and mail merge; memos, reports (including statistical), and tables; material from rough drafts and unarranged copy; and email messages.  Specific formatting directions may not be provided. 

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

In addition, participants will take a one-hour objective test on basic keyboarding terminology and concepts; related application knowledge; advanced applications; document formatting rules and standards; grammar, punctuation, spelling, and proofreading; and printing.


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

District            Number of participants governed by local FBLA District policy.

State                Each district may be represented by participant(s) based on the Florida FBLA scaled quota system found in the Fact Finder.

National          See national guidelines:  www.fbla-pbl.org.


District            Each district determines its own procedures for event registration.

State                When it has been determined that a student will represent the district at state competition, the student's local adviser must send the appropriate entry form to the state adviser by first-class mail.  The entry form and the required receipt deadline are included in the SLC registration packet.

National          See national guidelines:  www.fbla-pbl.org.

·          Participants must be selected in accordance with the regulations of the FBLA district and state chapters and the national association.

·         Participants must not have entered this event at a previous National Leadership Conference or placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th 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 may be used on the written portion of this event.

·         Participants are required to complete all parts of this event or be disqualified.

·         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.


The production portion of this event will be given prior to the State Conference.  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.  An impartial party will be selected to administer the test.



Objective tests will be machine graded.  This test will be given at the State Leadership Conference and will constitute 15 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.  All decisions of the judges are final.  The production portion of this event will constitute 85 percent of the final event score.

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



District            The number of awards presented at the District Leadership Conference is determined by local FBLA District policy.

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

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