Computer Science (UIL)

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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.


Students in Grade 9 through Grade 12 are eligible to enter this event.

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]


NOTE: For privacy reasons, only the winning school is shown. Computer Science was strictly a team event until the 1996-97 school year. [1]

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
2008-09 Port Aransas Wall Gonzales Denton Klein
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

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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.[1]

School Year Class A Class AA Class AAA Class AAAA Class AAAAA
1990-91 (none) (none) (none) Sweetwater Houston Bellaire
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
1996-97 Lazbuddie Navarro Clyde Whitehouse Cypress Falls
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
2005-06 Savoy Ozona Center Friendswood Cypress Falls
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)

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