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General Info and Rules

Refer to the AACS Website, the Competition Annual Update, and the National Competition Manual (2020 edition) for information regarding this year’s topics for Bible categories, the Debate topic, rules updates or clarifications, and other important information.

Competition Annual Update

The AACS Competition Manual (2020 edition) will govern National Competition 2021–2025. Online format of the manual allows AACS to make changes and update as needed. The link will be active throughout the life of the manual, even if updates are made. Before preparing for competition each year, check the Annual Update.


For Bible Memory and Bible Quizzing, the official Bible can be purchased from the products page. This is the ISBN 978-0-718-09754-7 for the official Bible.

Extemporaneous Speaking

Topics will be drawn from January, February, and March issues of the following news magazines: World Magazine and Time Magazine. Student research and speech references are not limited to the magazines from which topics will be drawn.

Instruments Provided Categories: Percussion Solo, Large Instrumental Ensemble, and Orchestra/Band

The instruments that will be provided only for percussion solo, orchestra/band, or large instrumental ensemble are the following: 5 Ludwig timpani in standard sizes including 32”, 29”, 26”, 23”, and 20”; a 36” concert bass drum; large gong; chimes; vibraphone; rosewood xylophone and marimba (4.3 octave, 5.0 octave marimba is available by request); and glockenspiel. BJU will not provide mallets or sticks. Please do not use the very hard clear plastic mallets made of Lexan. Lexan is a polycarbonate resin that will damage rosewood.