Technical Contest Preparation

All competitors should be familiar with the National Technical  Standards for their event.  Technical Standards are created by the National Committees and outline all of the competencies that will be tested and align those competencies to the frameworks.  To reference the Technical Standards for your contest, see your Chapter Advisor!




For Districts:
1. Review the National Technical Standards and   contest summary    for your event. 

2. Practice taking industry written tests and be familiar with the types of information you should know.

SkillsUSA tests are written to reflect industry standards. They are not based on any other type of test and questions are not taken from any particular test bank. However, since the tests reflect industry standards, practicing on other tests that reflect industry standards can be helpful.

Here are two websites that provide free practice tests and test outlines/criteria that can be helpful study tools: 


SkillsUSA Work Force Ready/Skills Connect Assessments
These computer based interactive tests were created by industry partners in conjunction with SkillUSA as another tool that teachers can use to determine whether their students are ready to enter the work force.   These tests are NOT the basis for any District Contest. However, their assessment blueprints and practice tests can be a helpful preparation tool. 

  • Assessment Blueprints  which describe the standards, competencies, and academic skills tied to each assessment, can be found here:

  • Sample Questions, Assessment Blueprints, and self-evaluation check-lists can be found in the Teacher Preparation guides found here:  




TIP: Search for your contest at  Quizziz, Quizlet and Kahoots.  You may be surprised at what you find! 


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For States:
On April 1st of each year, the MA SkillsUSA State Management Team releases the  State Competition Technical Standards. This document details how MA will be adjusting the National Technical Standards to meet our state's needs.

This document will include: 
  • Specific tool-lists
  • Clothing requirements
  • Other Contest Details

REMEMBER:  You must follow the State Technical Standards for the current year!
These standards are not released by the State until APRIL 1st of each year!
As soon as we have them, you will have them!