Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Texas Citizen Bee?
The Texas Citizen Bee is a statewide civic education program and competition. Students use an online guide to prepare for a two-part competition.

Can I use the PDF of the Texas Citizen Bee Study Guide from prior year’s competition to prepare for the competition?
No, please destroy all copies of the old PDF guide as the content has been reorganized. 

What are the specifications of the written and oral portions of the Texas Citizen Bee Tests?
The written competition is composed of 35 questions from the following categories:

– People 

— Documents and Supreme Court Cases

– Constitution

– Civic Values and Skills  

– Current Events (categories and date range identified)

The oral competition will require each student answer one question from each of the following categories:

– People 

– Constitution

– Documents and Supreme Court Cases

For questions in the Documents and Supreme Court cases of the ORAL COMPETITION, students will not be required to give the name of a case (for example Texas vs. Johnson) but rather will be asked questions related to the content of the case.  For questions in the People Section of the ORAL COMPETITION, if the moderator asked for a student to give the name of a person, they must give the full name as it is cited in the Texas Citizen Bee Study Guide.

What grade levels are eligible to participate?
Grades 9-12

Who can act as a student’s sponsor?
A teacher, principal, librarian, parent or guardian

Is the competition open to all types of schools?
Yes, all public, private, home school, and parochial schools are welcome to take part.

How do I register for a regional competition?
Each region has a registration coordinator for the competition. Please click the link below to be redirected to the registration for competition page. Be sure to include the information requested when sending your email to the coordinator.
(See Contacts for Regional Competition Registration 2020 for more information)

What are the competition topics?

– The Constitution

– Documents and Supreme Court cases

– People

– Civic Values and Skills

– Current Events

What are the dates of the regional competitions?
The competition date will be selected by the Regional Coordinator. The regional contests will run from February 26, 2020 until April 6, 2020.

How many students can one teacher/sponsor register for the regional contest?
Each regional contest can have a maximum of 50 participants.  The regional coordinator will determine the number each teacher/sponsor can bring.  Therefore, contact the regional coordinator for the exact number each teacher/sponsor can register.

What do I do if I have trouble registering my student?
Please contact the State Citizen Bee Coordinator at for assistance.

What happens at a regional competition?
Each regional competition will have both a written test and oral component.
All participants compete on a multiple-choice test administered by the contest proctor. Questions for the test will cover all of the topics listed
above. Students have a total of twenty minutes to complete the exam.
(See Rules for the Regional Texas Citizen Bee Competition 2020 for more information)
All students then participate in three oral rounds. The three rounds are based on questions from the People, Documents and Supreme Court Cases, and the Constitution categories in The Texas Bee Study Guide.  There will be no questions on current events or civic values and skills in the regional oral competition. Students have 60 seconds to give a substantive answer. (See Rules for the Regional Citizen Bee Competition 2020 for more information)

Can I compete this year if I have competed in prior years?
Yes you can!

How is the regional winner selected?
A student’s written test score and his/her score in the oral round will be combined to give them their final score. The student with the top final score will advance to the state competition. A tie-breaking procedure will be utilized if there are tying scores. This procedure is explained in the Rules for the Regional Texas Citizen Bee Competition 2020.

How long does the regional competition last?
The regional competition lasts approximately 2 hours depending on the number of participants.

Can I compete in more than one region?
No. Once a student has competed in a regional competition then they are ineligible to compete in any other regional competition.

What should I study for the Current Events section of the competition?
Texas Citizen Bee questions in the Current Events category will be based on a number of sources. There are no Study Guide entries for this category. For the Texas Citizen Bee Regional Competition Current Events portion of the Bee, study the following:

  • National and world headline news stories from September 1, 2019 through February 17, 2020
  • Major actions of Congress from September 1, 2019 to February 17, 2020
  • Newsworthy stories related to the President of the United States
  • The two U.S. Senators from Texas
  • Current Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Major U.S. Supreme Court cases from the 2018-2019 term of the Court and upcoming cases from the 2019-2020 term of the Court
  • Names of the heads of “the big four” Cabinet departments: State, Defense, Justice, and Treasury
  • Major stories concerning the “big four” Cabinet departments
  • Major leaders in both houses of the U.S. Congress for 2019 and 2020
  • National and Texas elections and politics for 2019 and 2020

If I win my Regional Competition what’s next?
Each regional winner will advance to the state competition in Austin. The state competition will be held at the Texas Law Center and the state capitol on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Travel expenses for the winning student, a parent/guardian, and the teacher/sponsor will be covered by the grant.

Who funds the Texas Citizen Bee Competition?
Law Focused Education, Inc. receives funding from the Sumners Foundation to administer the Texas Citizen Bee in Texas. The site is maintained by Law Focused Education, Inc. and the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education Department.

Who can I contact if I find a factual errors in the Texas Citizen Bee Study Guide?
Challenges concerning the accuracy of any material in The Texas Citizen Bee Study Guide must be filed in writing with the State Bar of Texas, Law-Related Education Department by emailing Jan Miller at by February 1st of the year of the competition.