Online exams will be given by regional proctors prior to the competition for each of the grade level categories. The exams will have 50 multiple-choice questions. Questions will be vocabulary and concept oriented. They will come from the following topic areas:

  1. History of computers
  2. Parts of the computer
  3. Peripheral computer devices
  4. Uses and limitations of computers
  5. General uses of common computer applications software
  6. New and emerging technologies
  7. The Internet
  8. Social implications of computers
  9. General programming (Level III, Grades 9-12, only)

Questions for the Technology Literacy Challenge will come from information generally available in textbooks and reliable sources on the Internet. A suggested list of resources is available on the Fair web site. Computer magazines and television programs have discussed some of the social implications of computers. An oral exam may be used as a tie-breaker of three or more students.


  • Gookin, Dan. PCs for Dummies. IDG Books. January 2000. ISBN: 0764581309
  • Maran, Ruth. Computers Simplified. 4th Edition. IDG Books. September 1998. ISBN: 0764560425
  • Maran, Ruth. The Internet and World Wide Web Simplified. IDG Books. October 1999. ISBN: 0764534092
  • Rathbone, Andy. Windows 98 for Dummies. IDG Books Worldwide. June 1998. ISBN: 0764502611
  • White, Ron. How Computers Work. 5th Edition. MacMillan. 1999. ISBN: 0789721120
  • Wingate, Phillipa. The Internet for Beginners. EDCP. August 1997. ISBN: 881109290


  • The Computer Age. Modern Media series. Barrons Educational Series. March 2000. ISBN: 076411667
  • Kalman, Bobbie. The Computer from A to Z. Crabtree. March 1998. ISBN: 0865053790
  • Parker, Steve. Computers. 20th Century Inventions Series. Raintree Steck-Vaughn. April 1997. ISBN: 0811728110
  • White, Nancy. The Magic School Bus Gets Programmed: A Book About Computers. Scholastic. Wright, David. Computers. Inventors and Inventions Series. Benchmark Books. January 1996. ISBN: 0761400648