California Future Business Leaders of America

Your Future Is Our Business


  • Category: Objective Test 
    Type: Individual (Grades 6-10)

    ELIGIBILITY: The participant may not have previously competed in this event at the national level. FBLA Members currently enrolled in grades 6-10 are eligible to compete in this event. If a student in grades 6,7, or 8 places first, second, third, or fourth at the State Leadership Conference, he/she cannot compete at the national level per national eligibility guidelines.

    SECTION: Each local chapter may enter three (3) members. (refer to Objective Test Guidelines for more information on number of competitors)
    STATE: A minimum of the top six (6) places from the section competition will represent their section at the State Leadership Conference.
    NATIONAL: The top four(4) places in the state competition will represent California at the National Leadership Conference. NOTE: Some SLC top-10 competitors will become eligible for the national conference as a result of drops. Make sure you get early approval from your parents to attend the National Conference so you will be in a position to say "yes" to your adviser if you are "bumped up".

    Overview: 60-minute test administered during the Conference.

    Objective Test Competencies: Human Relations; Technology Concepts; Communication Skills; Decision Making/Management; Career Development; Business Operations; Database/Information Management; Ethics/Safety; Finance; Information Processing

    Skills: This event provides recognition for FBLA members who possess knowledge of basic skills and procedures and the ability to make intelligent business decisions.

    GUIDELINES: (It is highly recommended that competitors read all guidelines)
    Objective Test
    General (All Events)
    General Competitive Events Tips
    Objective Event Tips


    Sample Practice Materials
    Sample Practice PDF #1
    Sample Practice PDF #2
    Format Guide
    Format Guide PDF

    Website Resources
    Basic Business Letters
    Communication Skill
    Tech Terms Dictionary

    Human Relations
    1. Identify appropriate work habits and ethics including appropriate dress.
    2. Identify, evaluate, and select training resources for employee training programs
    3. Develop/explain work processes and procedures (organizational and prioritizing skills).
    4. Coordinate staff work schedule and workload distribution
    5. Contribute to development of job descriptions for staff
    6. Discuss and analyze an employee performance evaluation.
    7. Maintain employee records
    8. Update policy and procedures manual
    9. Conduct new employee orientation and employee training
    10. Create and maintain effective and productive work relationships.
    11. Work in a team to solve problems and share knowledge
    12. Exhibit behaviors and actions to effectively motivate and lead people.
    Technology Concepts
    1. Conduct a needs assessment of hardware, software, furniture, equipment, and supplies
    2. Evaluate and recommend hardware, vendors, warranties, and purchasing options to solve specific problems
    3. Remove, upgrade, store, and install computer hardware and supportive software
    4. Navigate the basic operating system and internet applications
    5. Manage files and folders.
    6. Identify and use appropriate help resources to learn software and hardware and to solve problems (e.g., help desks, online help, and manuals)
    7. Select and apply the appropriate productivity software to complete tasks.
    8. Identify, evaluate, and select software specific to an organizational function and/or industry.
    9. Select and apply multimedia software appropriate for specific tasks
    Communication Skills
    1. Compose, give, and follow oral and written instructions.
    2. Identify good listening skills.
    3. Interpret verbal and nonverbal cues/behaviors to enhance communication.
    4. Locate/maintain telephone numbers and addresses.
    5. Identify proper techniques for answering, screening, and placing calls, including conference calls.
    6. Identify proper techniques for placing a caller on hold, transferring a call, and/or taking a message.
    7. Identify, analyze, and evaluate emerging communications technologies for use in organizations.
    8. Process electronic communications (e.g., fax, e-mail, file transmissions).
    9. Prepare and deliver oral presentations.
    10. Receive/greet visitors and clients; make introductions, and direct inquiries.
    11. Locate, organize, and reference information from a variety of sources to communicate with co-workers and customers/clients.
    12. Communicate with customers and other employees to foster positive relations, clarify workplace objectives, and provide feedback
    13. Compose business documents such as agendas, reports, and correspondence.
    14. Develop and interpret tables, charts, and figures to support written and oral communications
    Decision Making/Management
    1. Identify different types of leadership styles and describe characteristics of effective leaders.
    2. Identify the functions of management.
    3. List the responsibilities involved at the different levels of management.
    4. Interpret an organizational chart.
    5. Set priorities and develop efficient procedures for workflow and monitor work loads.
    6. Develop efficient office teams and apply skills to assigned activities and to resolve conflicts
    7. Examine potential problems facing business and offer alternative solutions including contingency plans
    8. Acquire, analyze, access, exchange, organize, and synthesize information to guide business decision making and to increase workplace efficiency and effectiveness
    9. Identify, write, and monitor workplace performance goals to guide progress in assigned areas of responsibility and accountability
    10. Manage quality-control processes to minimize errors and to expedite workflow.
    Career Development
    1. Explore business careers and examine job opportunities through various sources, including newspapers, employment agencies, personal inquiries, and the Internet.
    2. Develop a career plan.
    3. Prepare a letter of application, resume, employment application, and follow-up letter.
    4. Identify behaviors considered to be appropriate or inappropriate in a job interview
    5. Identify the steps to follow in resigning from a position.
    6. Develop and maintain a portfolio and personal professional documents and certifications.
    7. Identify potential employment barriers for nontraditional groups and ways to overcome the barriers.
    8. Utilize career-advancement activities to enhance professional development.
    Business Operations
    1. Identify characteristics of an efficiently organized workstation and recommend improvements in physical layout
    2. Make decisions on best reprographics methods to use for a specific task including appropriate paper.
    3. Process incoming and outgoing mail, including electronic mail.
    4. Identify and coordinate special mail services and alternative courier and electronic mail services.
    5. Arrange and coordinate travel arrangements for supervisor or staff (e.g., reservations, itinerary).
    6. Demonstrate time management skills
    7. Coordinate meetings, events, and activities related to the office.
    8. Use Personal Information Management applications (notes, calendars, contact information) to increase workplace efficiency and to facilitate on-time, prompt completion of work activities.
    9. Establish procedures to maintain workstation, equipment, materials, and supplies
    10. Troubleshoot problems with office equipment to make repairs and/or to obtain technical support
    11. Maintain office equipment such as printers, copiers, and fax machines (add toner, load paper, clear paper path, change cartridge).
    12. Manage preventive maintenance and repair of equipment.
    13. Implement processes for purchasing business supplies, equipment, and services.
    14. Identify types of business ownership.
    Database/Information Management
    1. Establish and maintain document and information storage and retrieval system.
    2. Prepare and maintain an inventory record of software, furniture, hardware, equipment, and supplies.
    3. Maintain (index, code, sort, and file) alphabetical, subject, numerical, and chronological filing system and retrieve information from files.
    4. Maintain tickler file system and retrieve information from files
    5. Maintain reference library, clippings, and historical records.
    6. Purge records and/or files
    7. Convert and save data using scanning equipment
    1. Identify major causes of office-related accidents and establish safety and security measures to maintain office safety
    2. Adhere to privacy, safety and security policies and legislation (e.g., acceptable use policy, Web page policies, student photo policies, computer crime, fraud, abuse).
    3. Implement organizational policies and procedures for security, privacy, and risk management
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of an emergency/disaster plan.
    5. Discuss basic issues related to responsible use of technology and describe personal or legal consequences of inappropriate use.
    6. Identify confidentiality concepts and policies in an office
    7. Identify characteristics of professional conduct and work ethics (integrity, loyalty, honesty, courtesy, etc.)
    8. Analyze various ethical issues and problems related to the office including acceptable/unacceptable office behavior.
    9. Examine factors related to ergonomics and its importance to the office worker.
    10. Read, interpret, and adhere to software license agreements and legal mandates (e.g., ADA, Sarbanne-Oxly).
    1. Prepare banking transactions (deposit slips, reconcile bank statement, etc.)
    2. Use manual and electronic methods to complete payroll documents and other financial transactions.
    3. Apply uses of calculator or computer numeric keypad in solving business problems.
    4. Develop budgets for office and/or specific events and manage expenses.
    5. Complete purchase requisitions and vouchers for payment.
    6. Complete purchase requisitions and vouchers for payment.
    7. Manage business records to maintain needed documentation.
    8. Record transactions to manage cash fund accounts such as petty cash.
    9. General finance terms and conditions.
    Information Processing


    NBEA Standards
    • Career Development
    • Communication
    • Computation
    • Economics & Personal Finance
    • Information Technology
    Career Clusters
    • Business Management & Administration
    • Finance
    • Human Services
    • Information Techology