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UIL CI&E (Current Issues & Events) Practice Packets

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CURRENT ISSUES & EVENTS PRACTICE PACKETS, written by Fred Grindle, provide a practical and easy way to challenge and broaden your students' knowledge of current issues and events. CI&E Practice Packets are formatted to simulate real invitational tests and may be administered by an instructor in a group/team setting, or, they may be sent home with students for individual practice.

Each CI&E Practice Packet includes:

  • 6 Practice Tests
    • 40 questions per test
    • 1 essay per test
  • Grading Materials
    • Answer and Essay Sheets (blank for students)
    • Answer Keys
    • Sample Essays

FAQ: PACKET 1 vs. PACKET 2 - What's the difference?

Practice Packet 1, which is available in fall (at the beginning of the school year) is written over the summer months before; Practice Packet 2 is available in January (at the start of the spring semester).  Practice Packet 2 is comprised of actual UIL tests that were used at practice meets during the Fall, whereas tests in Practice Packet 1 have never been used in UIL invitational meets.

TAPPS/PSIA: Although CI&E Practice Packets are recommended for UIL study, if you are with TAPPS or PSIA and looking for tests for your practice meets, CI&E Practice Packets may be ideal for this purpose.  Please note, however, that the time allotted on TAPPS and PSIA tests differ from UIL and the point values on LitCrit tests varies (see your competition guidelines for details).



Originally from Dahlonega Georgia, Fred and his family moved to Texas when he was five years old. He has enjoyed living here ever since. He is a proud graduate of Graham High School where he served as Student Council President for the State of Texas. Because of this honor, he was one of two representatives to the Senate Youth Conference in Washington DC which sparked an interest in social studies and politics. After graduation, Fred received his Bachelor’s degree from McMurry University in Abilene Texas and a Master’s in Education from The University of North Texas in Denton Texas.

Fred taught 36 years in Texas public schools. He taught in Denton ISD and Lindsay ISD. During these years, he was involved in many school activities including serving as sponsor for very successful UIL Current Events and Social Studies teams. Currently Fred is retired but actively continues his love for history and current events by writing for Hexco, reading and traveling. He has been married for 34 years and has one son and daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.



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