How to Own the DECA Exam

During the final time slot of workshops at the 2016 #DECAPowerTrip in Washington D.C., members gained valuable insights on DECA competition techniques and information.

In one workshop, Texas DECA’s association advisor, Josh Shankle, taught members the key to the DECA exam, taken before role-play events and the three marketing representative events.

This is a common concern among DECA members, as the 100-question test can often be challenging, especially those that aren’t sure what to expect. Mr. Shankle broke the test down and provided information and tips that all members can benefit from.

First, Mr. Shankle provided general information that all test-taking members need to know. He explained the questions to be expected on the exam and the different ways members should be studying.

First are the questions about the business administration core, the questions that all members should know and expect to be on their exams, regardless of the event.

Then, there are the cluster questions. These pertain specifically to the event cluster. For example, if someone is competing in a finance roleplay, then they will have finance questions as their career cluster questions. At the district or regional competitions, the ratio of business administration core questions to career cluster questions is 60/40, with the state competitions being 50/50, and ICDC being 40/60.

Insight was also provided on the resources available. Mr. Shankle showed everyone the blueprint poster that outlined the event exams, as well as other resources. He showed the resources available on the DECA website, the DECA Compete App, performance indicators to pay attention to, Quizlet, and exams that can be purchased from DECA Images.

He also gave tips to members, reminding them to study for both online and paper exams in order to familiarize themselves with both test taking environments, as well as to study with those who have the same career cluster. This means that the exam will be entirely similar, allowing members to study with those they won’t be competing against.

Overall, members found the workshop very educational. Danielle Galan, a senior from Florida DECA, mentioned that, even though she had been competing for three years prior, she still learned more, especially about the career clusters and business administration core.

“My favorite tip was about the importance of studying and practicing, as that will help any member with their scores,” Galan shared.

The attendees all gained a useful and insightful experience, one that will help them own their future!

pt_haydenThis article was written by Texas DECA President and Power Trip Power Team member, Hayden Pfaff. You can follow Hayden on Twitter @hayden_pfaff.


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