Computer Science (UIL)
Computer Science is one of several academic events sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League.
Computer Science is designed to test students' programming abilities. It is not the same as the Computer Applications contest, which tests students' abilities to use word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications software, including integration of applications.
Computer Science began during the 1990-91 scholastic year as strictly a team event. It was not scored as an individual event until the 1996-97 school year.
Each school may send up to four students. However, in districts with eight or more schools the number of students per school may be limited to three. In order for the school to compete in the team competition the school must send three students.
Rules and Scoring
The contest consists of two parts, a written test and a programming exercise.
On the written test, 45 minutes are allotted. No time warnings are given, but at the end of the 45 minutes the student may finish completing an answer. Six points are given for each correct answer; two points are deducted for each incorrect answer. Skipped or unanswered questions are not scored.
On the programming test, two hours are allotted. The solution is graded as correct or incorrect with points assigned for each problem. However, incorrect solutions may be reworked by the team. Any commercially available computer may be used in the competition. The programming language to be used is limited to Java and the compiler used for the contest will be the Sun Microsystems Java Development Kit; specific acceptable versions are determined by the UIL prior to each school year.
Determining the Winner
The top three individuals and the top team will advance to the next round. In addition, within each region, the highest-scoring second place team from all district competitions advances as the "wild card" to regional competition, and within the state, the highest-scoring second place team from all regional competitions advances as the wild card to the state competition. Members of advancing teams who did not place individually remain eligible to compete for individual awards at higher levels.
For individual competition (overall and for each subsection), the tiebreaker is percent accuracy (number of problems answered correctly divided by number of problems attempted, defined as any question with a mark or erasure in the answer blank). In the event a tie remains, all remaining individuals will advance.
For the team competition the first tiebreaker is the programming score, then the written exam score (using the total score tiebreaker system used at the district level). If a tie still exists, all remaining tied teams will advance or place.
For district meet academic championship and district meet sweepstakes awards, points are awarded to the school as follows:
- Individual places: 1st--15, 2nd--12, 3rd--10, 4th--8, 5th--6, and 6th--4.
- Team places (district): 1st--10 and 2nd--5.
- Team places (regional and state): 1st--20, 2nd--16, and 3rd--12.
- The maximum number of points a school may earn in Computer Science is 37 at the district level and 42 at the regional and state levels.
List of prior winners
NOTE: For privacy reasons, only the winning school is shown. Computer Science was strictly a team event until the 1996-97 school year. 
|School Year||Class A||Class AA||Class AAA||Class AAAA||Class AAAAA||Class AAAAAA|
|1996-97||Jayton||Navarro||Clyde||Sulphur Springs||(tie) Cypress Falls/Katy Taylor|
|1997-98||Rule||(tie) Hamilton/Hawkins/Stockdale||Jefferson||Bridge City||Fort Worth Dunbar|
|1998-99||Muenster||De Leon||Taylor||Fort Worth Dunbar||Garland|
|1999-2000||(tie) Muenster/Henrietta Midway||Seymour||Sour Lake Hardin-Jefferson||Lake Travis||Marcus|
|2000-01||Muenster||Ozona||Monahans||Lake Travis||Science and Engineering Magnet|
|2001-02||Muenster||Seymour||Sour Lake Hardin-Jefferson||Pine Tree||Flower Mound|
|2002-03||Nueces Canyon||Seymour||Sour Lake Hardin-Jefferson||(tie) Denton Ryan/Fort Worth Dunbar||Plano East|
|2003-04||Nueces Canyon||Navarro||Lindale||Lake Travis||Talented and Gifted Magnet (TAG)|
|2004-05||Nueces Canyon||Salado||Needville||(tie) Waller/Lake Travis||Tomball|
|2005-06||Savoy||Refugio||Center||Friendswood||Round Rock Westwood|
|2006-07||Garden City||Ozona||Gonzales||Midlothian||Katy Taylor|
|2007-08||Martin's Mill||Wall||Gonzales||Katy Seven Lakes||(Tie) Arlington Martin, Katy Cinco Ranch, Clements|
|2009-10||Harmony School of Excellence (Houston)||Irving||Somerset||(Tie) Aledo, Friendswood, Rockport-Fulton (two individuals)||(Tie) Katy Cinco Ranch, Fort Worth Paschal, Southlake Carroll, Cypress Woods, Austin Westwood (two individuals), Fort Bend Clements, Richmond Travis, San Antonio Jay|
|2010-11||Port Aransas||Buna||Needville||Friendswood||(Tie)Fort Bend Clements/Cypress Woods|
|2011-12||Sudan||Wall||Boerne||Pearland Dawson||Cypress Woods|
|2012-13||Sudan||Wall||Andrews||Austin LBJ||Fort Worth Paschal|
|2013-14||Sudan||Jim Ned HS Tuscola||Needville||Austin LBJ||Clements HS (Sugar Land)|
|2014-15||Bynum||Booker||Blanco||(Tie) Kennedale/Needville||Heritage (Frisco)||Plano West Sr High|
|2015-16||Slidell||Brackett||Blanco||La Grange||Heritage (Frisco)||(Tie) Klein HS / Clements HS (Sugar Land)|
|2016-17||Borden||Ozona||Blanco||Boerne||Lovejoy (Lucas)||(Tie) Plano West / Cypress Woods / Edinburgh North|
|2017-18||Borden||Ozona||Chapel Hill||Boerne||Austin LBJ||(Tie) Cypress Woods / Richardson|
NOTE: The 1990-91 contest was limited to Class AAAA and Class AAAAA only; other classifications were not added until the 1991-92 year. The AAAAAA classification was not added until the 2014-2015 year.
|School Year||Class A||Class AA||Class AAA||Class AAAA||Class AAAAA|
|1991-92||Brookeland||Lockney||La Vernia||Austin Westlake||Langham Creek|
|1992-93||Lazbuddie||Lockney||Lake Travis||Fort Stockton||Langham Creek|
|1993-94||Lazbuddie||Blanco||Queen City||Bridge City||Fort Worth Dunbar|
|1994-95||Lazbuddie||Blanco||Lake Travis||Austin LBJ||Fort Worth Dunbar|
|1995-96||Rule||Stinnett West Texas||Teague||Stephenville||Fort Worth Dunbar|
|1997-98||Rule||Stinnett West Texas||Coldspring Jones||Sulphur Springs||Round Rock|
|1998-99||Muenster||Stockdale||Devine||Fort Worth Dunbar||Langham Creek|
|1999-2000||Muenster||Seymour||Stafford||Cedar Hill||Dallas School of Science and Engineering|
|2000-01||Muenster||Ozona||Monahans||Southlake Carroll||Dallas School of Science and Engineering|
|2001-02||Muenster||Seymour||Center||Southlake Carroll||Katy Taylor|
|2002-03||Perrin-Whitt||Ozona||Lindale||Austin LBJ||Southlake Carroll|
|2003-04||Ivanhoe Sam Rayburn||Ozona||Lindale||Waller||Katy Taylor|
|2004-05||Plains||Mount Pleasant Chapel Hill||Gonzales||Waller||Katy Taylor|
|2006-07||Garden City||Ozona||Gonzales||Midlothian||Katy Taylor|
|2007-08||Garden City||Wall||Gonzales||Katy Seven Lakes||Fort Bend Clements|
|2008-09||Port Aransas||Wall||Lucas Lovejoy||Friendswood||Fort Bend Clements|
|2009-10||Harmony School of Excellence (Houston)||Wall||Wimberley||Friendswood||Fort Bend Clements|
|2010-11||Port Aransas||Wall||Needville||Friendswood||Fort Bend Clements|
|2011-12||Port Aransas||Wall||Boerne||Austin LBJ||Katy Seven Lakes|
|2012-13||Booker||Wall||Needville||Austin LBJ||Cypress Woods|
|2013-14||Harmony School of Innovation (Fort Worth)||Mount Vernon||Needville||Austin LBJ||Clements HS (Sugar Land)|
|2014-15||Slidell||Booker||Blanco||Needville||Austin LBJ||Clements HS (Sugar Land)|
|2015-16||Slidell||Brackett||Harmony School of Innovation (Fort Worth)||Needville||Heritage (Frisco)||Clements HS (Sugar Land)|
|2016-17||Whiteface||Ozona||Blanco||Little Cypress-Mauriceville HS (Orange)||Johnson (LBJ) HS||Cypress Woods|
|2017-18||Borden||Ozona||Chapel Hill||Wylie (Abilene)||Johnson (LBJ) HS||Clements HS (Sugar Land)|
- Official UIL Rules for Computer Science--High School NOTE: This file contains rules for other competitions; Section 928 covers Computer Science.
- Study materials from Mike Scott, previous Comp Sci UIL director NOTE: This link contains study materials from Mike Scott, the previous UIL CS director.
- 2010-2011 Topic List for CS UIL NOTE: This link contains study materials from Mike Scott, the previous UIL CS director.