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Test Guidelines

The Basics:


The Envirothon competition is based on 6 broad categories and 2 team scores.  


The broad categories include:

1. Aquatic Biology, 2. Current Issue, 3. Forestry, 4. Soil & Land Use, and 5. Wildlife.  


The team scores are based on two factors:

1. Presentation and 2. Team Work

Judges will score each team based on incorporating all five categories into a 5 minute answer.



Aquatic Biology 0-10 points

Current Issue 0-10 points

Forestry 0-10 points

Soil & Land Use 0-10 points

Wildlife 0-10 points

Presentation (clear, concise, presentable) 0-15 points

Team Work 0-10 point

Test Concepts:

  • Terminology

  • Identification

  • Equipment/Career Information

  • BMP and Management Planning

  • Overall Importance of the Resource

  • Problem Solving and Technical Skills

  • Site specific questions


WRITTEN Test: 75 Points for the written portion questions (each category):

  • Multiple choice

  • Short answers

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Matching

  • NO True/False questions


ORAL Test (75 Points) for the oral question – Key Points to consider:

  • Team Work – Requires students to formulate the answer as a team and present the answer/solutions as a team. No one person can deliver the answer.

  • Knowledge - Requires teams to remember information they have already learned, may include factual data, definitions or observations.

  • Comprehension - Consider factual information they have learned and interpret it. Make comparisons and interpretations.

  • Application - Give solutions to problems.

  • Analysis - Higher level thinking questions; teams must show understanding of the parts to an entire concept.

  • Synthesis –Teams are required to analyze information and give explanations.

  • Evaluation -Teams make judgments on ideas, solutions, methods or even products. Answers that provide reasons for the evaluation demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic, requiring the use of all the previous levels of thought processes.

SHORT-ANSWER Test: Two short-answer questions per category will make up the Tie Breaker. This can be worked on at the Oral Presentation station.


Aquatic Ecology

Water ecology, water chemistry, plants and animals living in or around water, water quality, water conservation, etc.

Current Issue


A topic selected annually by the North American Envirothon and often adopted by the Regional and State Envirothon's Planning Committees with specific state or area modifications.

2017 Current Topic: Agriculture Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship



Forest ecology, tree identification, insects, diseases, timber measurements, forest management, urban forestry, forest economics, etc.

Soil & Land Use


Classification, soil formation, basic chemical and physical properties, profiles, soil characteristics, soil surveys, site suitability, erosion, land use, conservation practices, etc.


Identification, habitat, foods, diseases, rules and regulations, management, etc.

Other Useful Website


Current Location: Quiet Waters Park

Questions pertaining to the park will be on written tests. CB Smith Park is the site for the 2016 Regional Event. For more information on the park, click here.


Additional Information


All study packets are suggested topics, concepts and areas of interest. Questions are directly taken from the Key Points, Study Packets and/or websites. Category Key Points and Study Packets are the same used for the Florida Envirothon. Websites are those suggested by the test makers of the Southeast Regional Envirothon.

Visit these sites for more information regarding Envirothons:
Florida State Envirothon -   
2017 Florida State Envirothon -
North American Envirothon -

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