Academic Study Materials
UIL Essay Competitions
Barbara Jordan Historical Essay and Latino History Essay Competitions
results from previous years
Fiction Writing Contest
TEKS and College Readiness
The University Interscholastic League offers the most comprehensive literary and academic competitive program in the nation. It offers more than any other UIL division in terms of activities, with 22 high school and 18 elementary and junior high contests. More than a half million students participate in UIL academic contests.
These activities, which exist to complement the academic curriculum, are designed to motivate students as they acquire higher levels of knowledge, to challenge students to confront issues of importance, and to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of specific skills.
Academics News & Updates
2015 UIL Academic State Meet Schedule
The TENTATIVE (some rooms/times will likely change) State Meet Academic schedule is now posted. PLEASE NOTE: some coaches meetings are on Monday, May 25, most events will compete on Tuesday, May 26, with finals in speaking events on Wednesday, May 27. This is to accommodate schools with finals and graduation that week.
Change in High School Spelling and Vocabulary Contest
Beginning the 2014-15 school year, the UIL Spelling and Vocabulary contest will have a few changes.
During Part II and III, the pronouncer will define all words, not just the ones from outside of the list. The new instructions to the pronouncer will read:
Up to 20 percent of the words on the tests are "outside words”, words not included in this year's UIL Word Power, and they are noted on the Pronouncer's Copy with an asterisk. Please define not only the outside words, but also all words on the Pronouncer’s List. The part of speech has been provided for each word to assist you, if necessary, in formulating illustrative sentences.
We are also having a change in test writers this year. Linda Berrey will be writing all parts of the test and Marcia Hilsabeck will be serving as the proofreader. We do not anticipate significant changes, but there are always a few differences when we have a change in writers of any test.
September 13 - West Texas A&M University, Canyon
Tentative Schedule Updated 9/4/2014
September 27 - Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi
Tentative Schedule Updated 9/24/2014
November 1 - University of Texas at Austin
Tentative Schedule Updated 10/27/2014
November 15 - University of Texas at Arlington
Tentative Schedule Updated 11/10/2014 4 pm
★ They're free! No pre-registration needed!
★ The Conferences begin at 9 a.m. and end by 1:30 p.m.
★ Designed for beginning students, advanced students and academic coordinators and coaches.
★ Lectures and demonstrations will be scheduled for all UIL academic contests, including One-Act Play.
★ Conferences feature lectures and presentations by UIL contest directors, college professors and high school teachers. Sessions will include discussions on contest preparation, demonstrations, performances and contest administration. Students may choose from novice and advanced sessions in some academic areas, as well as small-group sessions in specific UIL activities.