Competition Categories

Students who compete in the local and national ACT-SO competition can compete in up to three (3) of the following categories:

Sciences (descriptions and guidelines)

Biology/Microbiology
Chemistry/Biochemistry
Computer Science
Earth and Space Sciences
Engineering
Mathematics
Medicine and Health
Physics

Performing Arts (descriptions and guidelines)

Dance – NEW CATEGORIES AVAILABLE
Dramatics
Music Instrumental Classical
Music Instrumental Contemporary
Music Vocal Classical
Music Vocal Contemporary
Oratory
Poetry – performance

Humanities (descriptions and guidelines)

Music Composition
Original Essay
Playwriting
Poetry – written
Short Story

Visual Art (descriptions and guidelines)

Architecture
Drawing
Filmmaking
Painting
Photography
Sculpture

Business (descriptions and guidelines)

Culinary Arts (*NYC does not participate in this category)
Entrepreneurship

Download a PDF of all category guidelines