DECA begins competition through examination

Test scores will impact future events


Yonit Krebs

Senior Krista Morhauser and junior Hannah Odland take the DECA exam Jan. 8. The 100-question test will contribute to their score at the DECA district competitions Jan. 28.

According to sophomore Koby Davis, DECA’s placement at it’s next competition is entirely dependent on the test club members took this week.

“It was a 100-question multiple-choice test. You had 60 minutes to complete it,” Davis said. “It had a whole bunch of questions ranging from body language to financial information.”

According to DECA adviser Abigail Lugo, students took an exam Jan. 8 for the DECA district competitions Jan. 27.

“It is a marketing cluster exam, so everyone took a general test,” Lugo said. “Their scores are used to factor in their overall score at their district competition.”

Lugo said studying gives students a better understanding of  what is required in upcoming competitions.

“The knowledge that they are gaining from studying because it always helps you do better in the event,” Lugo said. “ It’s a part of their overall presentation score when they factor in whether they will advance to State competition or not.”

Davis said he found the test slightly out-of-date and suggests DECA consider revising the exam.

“I think the test is old. It hasn’t been redesigned in a long time, and some of the things are ridiculous and I believe unnecessary,” Davis said. “They could make the test a lot more relevant and therefore a lot better.”

The students who place in the top 12 will move on to the state-wide competition, according to Lugo.

“The top 12 from each category or each event advance on to State,” Lugo said.

Lugo said she gave students study materials to help them prepare for the competitions and also new DECA members have a mentor in the club to serve as a resource too.

“We have given them a bunch of materials that they can use to study from, practice with, and hopefully their DECA mentors are communicating with them and help them get ready for the event as well,” Lugo said.

According to Lugo, DECA will be having their district competitions Jan. 27 – 28.