Frequently Asked Questions

Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit Reading Competition

Q: What is a reading competition?

A: The reading competition at NEIU is intended to increase students’ reading for enjoyment. Teams of students will be assigned a list of approximately forty (40) books to read. In the spring, teams will be asked questions in a competitive but low-key environment about books they have read.

Q: Who may participate?

A: Any district / school served by NEIU may participate. Two levels of competition are available. Middle School Level is for students in Grades 6, 7, 8. High School Level is for students in Grades 9-12.

Q: What is the structure of the competition?

A: Each team participates in three (3) rounds of seventeen (17) questions each. Teams receive points for correct answers. Team scores are cumulative and will be reported to the competition scorekeeper. An awards ceremony will be held at the end of the competition with high scoring teams receiving special recognition.

Q: When / where will the competition be held?

A: The competition will be held in the spring at an Intermediate Unit 19 school host site. Registered teams will be notified of exact location prior to the competition. The competition will be an after-school event, beginning approximately at 4:15 pm and ending approximately by 8:00 pm. Team sign-in on the day of the Reading Competition will begin at approximately 3:45 pm.

Q: How many students / sponsors are needed per team?

A: Teams may be composed of between eight (8) and fifteen (15) students. However, no more than twelve (12) students may participate during each round of questioning at the competition. A minimum of two (2) adults must accompany each team. One of the adults must be either a classroom teacher or a school librarian.

Q: Is there a cost for the competition?

A: Participating teams will be required to pay a $45 fee per team for the spring 2017 competition.

Q: What books will the students be required to read?

A: Several intermediate units across Pennsylvania host reading competitions. Book lists have been secured from the established competitions.