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:  Computer Hardware; Computer Software; Operating Systems; Common Program Functions; Word Processing; Spreadsheets; Presentation Software; Networking Concepts; Email and Electronic Communication; Internet Use

    Skills: Successful business leaders must understand the impact of technology and understand how to effectively harness it to drive their business success. This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate that they have acquired technology skills aligned with the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) objectives.

    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
    Format Guide
    Format Guide PDF

    Website Resources
    Creating Websites
    Database Design
    Spreadsheet Basics
    Computer Terminology
    Computer Hardware
    1. Identify different types of computers.
    2. Identify the function of various computer hardware components.
    3. Identify factors that go into an individual or organizational decision on how to purchase computer equipment.
    4. Identify how to maintain computer equipment and solve common problems relating to computer hardware.
    5. Identify how different computers process information and how individual computers interact with other computing systems and devices.
    6. Describe the characteristics and functions of CPUs, motherboards, random access memory (RAM), expansion connections floppy drives, hard drives, and CD-ROM drives.
    7. Explain the functions and characteristics of system expansion devices (e.g., graphics cards, sound cards, modems).
    8. Investigate basic issues affecting system purchases and upgrade decisions.
    9. Compare categories of computers based on their size, power, and purpose.
    10. Identify the various types of computer storage devices and compare the advantages and disadvantages of various storage devices.
    11. Install and configure hardware and basic hardware applications in a computer system.
    12. Clean and perform routine maintenance on computer systems.
    13. Evaluate the performance of core computer systems components.
    14. Demonstrate the use of connectivity devices and peripheral equipment (e.g., portable storage, devices, printers, cable modem, wireless technologies). 
    Computer Software
    1. Identify different types of general software concepts relating to software categories, and the tasks to which each type of software is most suited or not suited.
    2. Identify how software is developed and upgraded.
    3. Complete workplace applications that integrate word processing, spreadsheet, database, and multimedia software.
    4. Produce documents integrating and manipulating graphic files and multimedia with other application software.
    5. Identify how software and hardware work together to perform computing tasks.
    6. Compare and contrast the appropriate use of specialized software applications. 
    7. Use system utilities and explain system utility software and cite examples.
    Operating Systems
    1. Identify what an operating system is and how it works. 
    2. Manipulate and control Windows desktop, files, and disks.
    3. Identify how to change system settings.
    4. Solve common problems related to operating systems (e.g., blue screen, system lock-up, input/output device, application install, start or load, Windows-specific printing problems).
    5. Install and remove software.
    6. Explain operating system software and site examples of different operating systems including DOS, Windows, and Macintosh.
    7. Identify how the four components of a network operating system (server platform, network services software, network redirection software, and communications software) support network operations.
    8. Identify names, purposes, and characteristics of the primary operating system components including registry, virtual memory, and file system.
    9. Use command-line functions and utilities to manage operating systems, including proper syntax.
    10. Compare different options of baking up, securing data, and restoring a system. 
    11. Identify the basic parts of a computer system and describe the functions and relationships among components. 
    12. Recognize file sizes in terms of kilobytes, megabytes, and gigabytes.
    Common Program Functions
    1. Be able to start and exit a Windows application.
    2. Explain the purpose and functions of computer programming.
    3. Identify common on-screen elements of Windows applications, change application settings, and manage files within an application.
    4. Perform common editing and formatting functions.
    5. Perform common printing and outputting functions.
    6. Demonstrate how to utilize sources of online help.
    7. Perform basic computer filing tasks (e.g., naming, saving, deleting, moving files).
    Word Processing
    1. Be able to format text and documents, including the ability to use automatic formatting tools.
    2. Be able to insert, edit, and format tables in a document.
    3. Explain the purpose, function, and common features of commonly used word processing programs.
    4. Design, create, retrieve, proofread, edit, and save workplace documents using word processing software.
    1. Be able to modify worksheet data. 
    2. Structure and format data in a worksheet.
    3. Be able to sort and manipulate data using formulas and functions.
    4. Be able to add and modify charts in a worksheet.
    5. Explain the purpose, function, and features of commonly used spreadsheets.
    6. Define spreadsheet terminology (e.g., cell, row, column, range, label, value, formula, function, worksheet, relative, absolute, legend).
    7. Design, create, and use spreadsheets for workplace applications.
    Presentation Software
    1. Be able to create and format simple presentations.
    2. Identify common features of presentation software.
    Networking Concepts
    1. Identify network fundamentals and the benefits and risks of network computing.
    2. Identify the relationship between computer networks, other communication networks, and the Internet.
    3. Identify types of networks (e.g., LAN, WAN, MAN) and their features and applications.
    4. Explain principles of basic network security (e.g., IP spoofing, packet sniffing, password compromise, encryption).
    5. Identify names, purposes, and characteristics (e.g., definition, speed, connections) of technologies for establishing connectivity.
    6. Understand the functions of various network devices, including network connectivity hardware.
    7. Identify the types of wireless network media and the uses, advantages, and disadvantages of each.
    8. Install, configure, optimize, and upgrade networks.
    9. Identify tools, diagnostic procedures, and troubleshooting techniques for networks.
    10. Understand the differences between various network environments (e.g., peer-to-peer, client-server, thin client, n-tier, internetworks, intranets, extranets).
    11. Identify the purposes and interrelationships among the major components of networks (e.g., servers, clients, transmission media, network operating system, network boards).
    12. Identify how computers share data, files, hardware, and software.
    13. Understand the role of clients and servers in a network.
    14. Demonstrate knowledge of the open system interconnection (OSI) standard.
    15. Differentiate between various current protocols (e.g., TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NETBEUI, DHCP). 
    16. Explain network topologies (e.g., star, bus, ring, broadband, baseband). 
    Email and Electronic Communication
    1. Identify how e-mail works.
    2. Identify how to use an e-mail application.
    3. Identify the appropriate use of e-mail and e-mail related "netiquette."
    4. Use e-mail to send and receive messages and attachments.
    5. Identify different types of electronic communication and electronic collaboration and how they work.
    6. Identify common problems associated with electronic communication (e.g., delivery failure, junk mail, fraud, viruses).
    7. Explain major current issues and trends in data communications.
    Internet Use
    1. Identify different types of information sources on the Internet.
    2. Demonstrate proficiency in using the basic features of GUI browsers (e.g., setting bookmarks, basic configurations, e-mail configurations, address book).
    3. Define Universal Resource Locators (URLs) and associated protocols (e.g., com, org, edu, gov, net, mil).
    4. Demonstrate proficiency using various web tools (e.g., downloading of files, transfer of files, telnet, PDF).
    5. Identify effective Boolean search strategies.
    6. Demonstrate the ability to navigate the Internet using a variety of search engines to conduct research.
    7. Understand how content is created, located, and evaluated on the World Wide Web.


    NBEA Standards
    • Information Technology
    Career Clusters
    • Information Techology