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FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl


The FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl begins with the online Challenge and in-person qualification at National Cluster Meetings. The 12 top-scoring teams from all the Cluster Meetings are invited to compete at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference, along with the 4 top-scoring teams of the “Second Chance” wild card test.

Advisers must register as a coach at lifesmarts.org and create a team on the website, and must also register their Knowledge Bowl team when registering their chapter for National Cluster Meeting.

  • Both registrations (for FCCLA NCM and online at lifesmarts.org) must be completed by the registration deadline for National Cluster Meeting.
  • Once the coach has registered the team at lifesmarts.org, players must register and join the team. We encourage players to use all the various resources to prepare for competition, including the practice quizzes and the Online Qualifying Quizzes.
  • Once the players have registered, the coach must designate one player the Team Captain in the Coach’s Corner. The Team Captain will receive all the team’s Online Tests, including the Fall Online Test (part of Level I) and the Second Chance Test (part of Level II)

There are three levels of competition in the Knowledge Bowl:

  1. Level I (October-November): Teams register online, take the FCCLA Fall Test (available in the Team Captain’s Quizzes folder) and compete at Cluster Meeting
  2. Level II (January): Level I teams take the Level II “Second Chance Round” (available in the Team Captain’s Quizzes folder). The teams that qualified in Level I take it as their first score in the Level III competition, and the teams that did not qualify in Level I take it as a “Second Chance” wild-card quiz to qualify for Level III
  3. Level III (June-July): Level I and Level II winners advance to the National Leadership Conference. After pool play, teams advance to a knockout bracket to determine the National Champions

Steps to register and compete in the online Challenge:

  1. The chapter adviser registers online as a coach.
  2. The adviser creates teams. (Names should include the school and students’ names.) Choose “FCCLA” as your team type.
  3. Students register and join their team. (Students may join one Varsity team AND one FCCLA team.)
  4. The adviser selects a captain for the team.
  5. Students use practice quizzes and other online resources.
  6. Teams may take the Online Test any time during the testing windows, but must complete the test before midnight EST on the final day.
  7. Students work as a team on a 100-question quiz across all topics, including Family & Consumer Science curricula and LifeSmarts topics.
  8. When the Online Test window is complete, FCCLA will notify advisers of the teams advancing.

Notes about the FCCLA LifeSmarts Competitive Event:

  • Each chapter may only have one FCCLA team; however, an adviser may create as many Varsity teams as he or she wishes.
  • Regardless of result at Cluster Meeting, we encourage chapters to take the Level II “Second Chance Round” in January.
  • Only the first 40 teams to register at each Cluster Meeting will be eligible to compete in the first in-person event (the Quiz Bee). The top 16 teams will advance to the second day of competition (the buzzer matches).

For additional FCCLA-specific details, please consult the FCCLA website.

Click here to view the final match of the 2016 FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl.

Click here to learn more about all of the opportunities for FCCLA chapters.

Please contact us with any additional questions. Good luck!