Contest Age Groups

  • Apprentice—1st and 2nd grades
  • Freshman—3rd and 4th grades
  • Sophomore—5th and 6th grades
  • Junior Varsity—7th, 8th and 9th grades
  • Varsity—10th, 11th and 12th grades

Taking A Contest That Is Below A Student’s Grade Level

Only students who take the preliminary contest in contracted braille that corresponds to their age-appropriate academic grade level will be eligible to be invited to the Finals. However, to encourage full inclusion and maximum participation in the preliminary round, a student may take any level of contest. Also, the Apprentice preliminary contest is offered in uncontracted braille and also can be taken by students of any age.


Click on a category for description and samples

Contestants listen to recorded audio files and braille the passages along with the narrator’s voice. Points are awarded for accurately following the recording within the given timeframe.

Practice Answers
Sophomore 2018 (mp3) Sophomore 2018 – Passage 1 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2018 – Passage 2 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2018 – Scoring (Doc)
Junior Varsity 2018 (mp3) Junior Varsity 2018 – Passage 1 (Braille/Doc)
Junior Varsity 2018 – Passage 2 (Braille/Doc)
Junior Varsity 2018 – Scoring (Doc)
Varsity 2018 (mp3) Varsity 2018 – Passage 1 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2018 – Passage 2 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2018 – Scoring (Doc)
Sophomore 2017 (mp3) Sophomore 2017 (Braille-EBAE/Braille-UEB/Doc/Print)
Junior Varsity 2017 (mp3) Junior Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc/Print)
Varsity 2017 (mp3) Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc/Print)
Sophomore 2016 (mp3) Sophomore 2016 (Braille/Print)
Sophomore 2015 (mp3) Sophomore 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2015 (mp3) Junior 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2015 (mp3) Varsity 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2014 (mp3) Sophomore 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2014 (mp3) Junior 2014 (Braille/Doc/Print)
Varsity 2014 (mp3) Varsity 2014 (Braille/Doc/Print)
Sophomore 2013 (mp3) Sophomore 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2013 (mp3) Junior 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2013 (mp3) Varsity 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2012 (mp3) Sophomore 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2012 (mp3) Junior 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2012 (mp3) Varsity 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Contestants listen to sentences and are asked to spell specific vocabulary words. Points are awarded for correctly brailling the uncontracted and contracted versions of the word.

Practice Answers
Apprentice 2018 (Braille/Uncontracted Braille/Doc) Apprentice 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2018 (Braille/Doc) Freshman 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2017 Words (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2017 Words & Sentences (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2017 Words (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2017 Words & Sentences (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2016 Words UEB (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2016 Words & Sentences UEB (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2015 Words (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2015 Words & Sentences (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2015 Words (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2015 Words & Sentences (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2014 Words (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2014 Words & Sentences (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2014 Words (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2014 Words & Sentences (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2013 (Braille/Doc) Apprentice 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2013 (Braille/Doc) Freshman 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2012 (Braille/Doc) Apprentice 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2012 (Braille/Doc) Freshman 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Contestants read a series of braille sentences or words and are asked to choose the correct answer from multiple-choice options.

Practice Answers
Apprentice 2018 (Braille/Doc) Apprentice 2018 (Braille/Doc)
–Uncontr. 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2018 (Braille/Doc) Freshman 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2018 (Braille/Doc) Sophomore 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Junior Varsity 2018 (Braille/Doc) Junior Varsity 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2018 (Braille/Doc) Varsity 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2017 (Braille/Doc) Apprentice 2017 (Braille/Doc 1/Doc 2)
–Uncontr. 2017 (Braille/Doc) –Uncontr. 2017 (Braille/Doc 1/Doc 2)
Freshman 2017 (Braille/Doc) Freshman 2017 (Braille/Doc 1/Doc 2)
Sophomore UEB 2017 (Braille/Doc) Sophomore UEB 2017 (Braille/Doc 1/Doc 2)
Sophomore EBAE 2017 (Braille/Doc) Sophomore EBAE 2017 (Braille/Doc 1/Doc 2)
Junior Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc) Junior Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc 1/Doc 2)
Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc) Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc 1/Doc 2)
Apprentice UEB 2016 (Braille/Doc) Apprentice UEB 2016 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman UEB 2016 (Braille) Freshman UEB 2016 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2016 (Braille/Doc) Sophomore 2016 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice UEB 2015 (Braille) Apprentice UEB 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice EBAE 2015 (Braille) Apprentice EBAE 2015 (Braille/Doc)
–Uncontr. 2015 (Braille) –Uncontr. 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2015 (Braille) Freshman 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2015 (Braille) Sophomore 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2015 (Braille) Junior 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2015 (Braille) Varsity 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice UEB 2014 (Braille) Apprentice UEB 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice EBAE 2014 (Braille) Apprentice EBAE 2014 (Braille/Doc)
–Uncontr. 2014 (Braille) –Uncontr. 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2014 (Braille) Freshman 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2014 (Braille) Sophomore 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2014 (Braille) Junior 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2014 (Braille) Varsity 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2013 (Braille) Apprentice 2013 (Braille/Doc)
–Uncontr. 2013 (Braille) –Uncontr. 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2013 (Braille) Freshman 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2013 (Braille) Sophomore 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2013 (Braille) Junior 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2013 (Braille) Varsity 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2012 (Braille) Apprentice 2012 (Braille/Doc)
–Uncontr. 2012 (Braille) –Uncontr. 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2012 (Braille) Freshman 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2012 (Braille) Sophomore 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2012 (Braille) Junior 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2012 (Braille) Varsity 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Contestants read a story in braille and then answer multiple-choice questions. Contestants are ranked in order based on the number of questions they answer correctly.

Practice Answers
Apprentice 2018 – Passage 1 (Braille/Uncontracted Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2018 – Passage 2 (Braille/Uncontracted Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2018 – Passage 1 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2018 – Passage 2 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2018 – Passage 1 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2018 – Passage 2 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Junior Varsity 2018 – Passage 1 (Braille/Doc)
Junior Varsity 2018 – Passage 2 (Braille/Doc)
Junior Varsity 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2018 – Passage 1 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2018 – Passage 2 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2017 (Doc)
— Contracted 2017 (Braille)
— Uncontracted 2017 (Braille)
Apprentice 2017 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman 2017 (Braille/Doc) Freshman 2017 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2017 (Braille-UEB/Braille-EBAE/Doc) Sophomore 2017 (Braille/Doc)
Junior Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc) Junior Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc) Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice UEB 2016 (Braille/Doc) Apprentice 2016 (Braille/Doc)
Freshman UEB 2016 (Braille/Doc) Freshman UEB 2016 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2016 (Braille/Doc) Sophomore 2016 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice UEB 2015 (Braille) Apprentice 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice EBAE 2015 (Braille)
–Uncontr. UEB 2015 (Braille)
–Uncontr. EBAE 2015 (Braille)
Freshman 2015 (Braille/Doc) Freshman 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2015 (Braille/Doc) Sophomore 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2015 (Braille/Doc) Junior 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2015 (Braille/Doc) Varsity 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice UEB 2014 (Braille) Apprentice 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice EBAE 2014 (Braille)
Apprentice UEB and EBAE 2014 (Doc)
–Uncontr. UEB 2014 (Braille)
–Uncontr. EBAE 2014 (Braille)
Freshman 2014 (Braille/Doc) Freshman 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2014 (Braille/Doc) Sophomore 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2014 (Braille/Doc) Junior 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2014 (Braille/Doc) Varsity 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2013 (Braille/Doc) Apprentice 2013 (Braille/Doc)
–Uncontr. 2013 (Braille)
Freshman 2013 (Braille/Doc) Freshman 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2013 (Braille/Doc) Sophomore 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2013 (Braille/Doc) Junior 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2013 (Braille/Doc) Varsity 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Apprentice 2012 (Braille/Doc) Apprentice 2012 (Braille/Doc)
–Uncontr. 2012 (Braille)
Freshman 2012 (Braille/Doc) Freshman 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Sophomore 2012 (Braille/Doc) Sophomore 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2012 (Braille/Doc) Junior 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2012 (Braille/Doc) Varsity 2012 (Braille/Doc)

Contestants read raised-line images called tactile graphs and earn points by correctly answering a series of multiple-choice questions about the content. Contestants are ranked based on the most points earned.

Practice       Answers
Sophomore 2018 (Doc)
Sophomore 2018 – No. 1 (Braille/PDF)
Sophomore 2018 – No. 2 (Braille/PDF)
      Sophomore 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Junior Varsity 2018 (Doc)
Junior Varsity 2018 – No. 1 (Braille/PDF)
Junior Varsity 2018 – No. 2 (Braille/PDF)
      Junior Varsity 2018 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2018 (Doc)
Varsity 2018 – No. 1 (Braille/PDF)
Varsity 2018 – No. 2 (Braille)
      Varsity 2018 (Braille/Doc)
         
Sophomore 2017 (Braille-UEB/Braille-EBAE/
Doc/PDF1-EBAE&UEB/PDF2-UEB/PDF2-EBAE)
      Sophomore 2017 (Braille/Doc)
Junior Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc/PDF 1/PDF 2)       Junior Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc/PDF 1/PDF 2)       Varsity 2017 (Braille/Doc)
         
Sophomore 2016 (Braille/Doc/PDF/PDF)       Sophomore 2016 (Braille/Doc)
         
Sophomore 2015 (Braille/Doc/PDF)       Sophomore 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2015 (Braille/Doc/PDF)       Junior 2015 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2015 (Braille/Doc/PDF)       Varsity 2015 (Braille/Doc)
         
Sophomore 2014 (Braille/Doc/PDF)       Sophomore 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2014 (Braille/Doc/PDF/PDF)       Junior 2014 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2014 (Braille/Doc)       Varsity 2014 (Braille/Doc)
         
Sophomore 2013 (Braille/Doc/PDF)       Sophomore 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Junior 2013 (Braille/Doc/PDF/PDF)       Junior 2013 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2013 (Braille/Doc/PDF/PDF)       Varsity 2013 (Braille/Doc)
         
Sophomore 2012 (Braille/Doc/PDF)       Sophomore 2012 (Braille/Doc
Junior 2012 (Braille/Doc/PDF)       Junior 2012 (Braille/Doc)
Varsity 2012 (Braille/Doc/PDF)       Varsity 2012 (Braille/Doc)