State Qualifying Events

Preparation Guides

Preparation Guides have been developed to provide an outline  of exam and conference contest content. Both exams and conference contests are based on the current year’s national SkillsUSA Technical Standards, industry standards that are the official guidelines for all SkillsUSA Championships activities. Advisors can access these standards through the SkillsUSA Registration Site. 

State Qualifying Exam Preparation Guides

 SkillsUSA Illinois State Qualifying Exams include two parts: Contest Technical Exams and Professional Development Exam. These Preparation Guides have been developed to provide an outline of exam content and sample questions.

Contest Technical Exam(s)

    • Exams range from 50 to 100 questions on specific technical area.
    • A guide for these exams will be available on the SkillsUSA Illinois website.

Professional Development Exam (Tie-breaker)

    • 50 questions that assesses preparedness to enter the workforce as defined by the SkillsUSA Framework, which identifies skills that are essential for success in the workplace and life. 

    • This exam is used as a tie-breaker for students who have tied scores at the cut off line. 
    • This is a required exam. Students who complete their Contest Technical Exam but do not complete this exam will be disqualified.