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Section 220 – Social Studies Contest

Fine Art By-Laws
Sections 199-263

All rules in Section 209 apply to this contest.

  1. Test Questions. The 90-minute test will consist of 45 objective questions and an essay.  Each year the contest will have a theme that focuses on a different, specific facet of Social Studies (people, places, events, and concepts).
  2. SOURCES. The questions will come from the Social Studies Reading Selection List posted on the TAPPS website (
    • Reading the Contest Instructions.  The contest director will read the following directions exactly as they are printed:
      • Turn off your cell phone and any other electronic devices besides permitted calculators and place them on the edge of the table in front of you. You may not use your electronic device(s) in any manner during the contest. If your device(s) make any noise or if you use your device(s) in any manner, you will be disqualified.
      • Print your name, school, and school classification in the directed place on your test and answer sheet.  Failure to write your name and school may result in disqualification.  (Allow time for this to be done).
      • Indicate your answers using capital letters on the appropriate blank provided on the answer sheet.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification.  
      • Keep your papers closed until told to do otherwise; this is particularly important while test papers are being distributed and before the signal to begin has been given.
      • During the test, no questions may be asked or answered.  The contestant talking or making distracting noises may be disqualified.
      • Leaving the room with any contest materials will result in disqualification.
      • Transferring information concerning this test to other contestants or coaches is a violation of the Academic Meet Code and subject to penalties up to and including disqualification.
      • You have 90 minutes for this test.
      • No audible time warnings will be given once the contest begins. It is the responsibility of each contestant to monitor the time remaining in the contest with a device that does not connect to the internet or make audible sounds. 
      • You will receive plus one point for each correct answer in Part I General Knowledge, two points for Part II Primary Reading, and 3 points for Part III Supporting Documents.  The essay is required but will only be judged in the event of a tie. Failure to complete the essay  will result in disqualification.  
      • If you are in the process of actually writing down an answer on the answer sheet when the signal to stop is given, you may finish writing that answer.
      • If you finish the test before the end of the allotted time, you may leave the room quietly. No talking or distracting noises will be permitted.  Turn in all your test materials as you leave.
    • Start and Stop Signals. Exactly 90 minutes after the start signal was given, announce that time has expired and that contestants must turn in their test and answer sheet.  If contestants are in the process of writing down an answer, they may finish; they may not do additional work on a test question.
    • Scoring.  Will follow guidelines on test.  Each contestant is required to write a short essay. No points will be given for the essay. Failure to answer the essay will result in disqualification.
    • TIES.  In the event of a tie, those essays involved in the tie will be judged one against the other to break the tie. One or three judges who are not coaches of the tied contestants shall rank the essay sections. The ranking of the judge(s) will break the tie.