International Academic Competitions (IAC)

Originated in the U.S.

Operating in over 25 countries around the world

Popular among elementary and middle school students

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Participating Schools
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Introduction

The International Academic Competitions (IAC) is a network of over a dozen separate academic competitions, all of which have been founded since 2010. As one of the most prestigious and comprehensive primary-and-secondary level academic competition in the US, it is used by the US Geography Olympiads to  select national team members. Fun, multidisciplinary and pioneering, it attracts more than 50,000 students from over 30 countries in North America, Europe and Asia every year.

IAC is found and overseen by a married French-American couple boasting decades of combined experience in academic competitions. Starting from 2019, designated by IAC as its official partner in China, ASDAN China has been working to bring a series of academic competitions to more Chinese students.

Official Website: https://www.iacompetitions.com

Mission and Values

IAC's mission is to reward academic excellence by bringing innovative, stimulating, fair and relevant competition opportunities to students around the world. Academic competitions play a unique role in education, encouraging students to explore new areas while rewarding achievement inside the classroom. They help students build confidence, make new friends, strengthen long-term memory and and gain an edge in applying for universities. Most importantly, they can ignite a passion for life-long learning. This is what IAC has been working for: a special opportunity for all children in the world.

Passionate about developing and growing competitions, the IAC team will work to honour its mission by continuing to refine its existing competitions and developing new ones in more countries.

Main Themes

Academic

Geography

Science

Tournaments

Qualifier Round
Qualifier Round
  • Eligibility:
  • Elementary Division: Students who were born on or after 1 September 2009
  • Middle School Division: Students who were born from 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2009
  • Junior Varsity Division: Students who were born from 1 September 2005 to 31 August 2007
  • Varsity Division: Students who were born on or before 31 August 2005
  • Format:Online and Offline
 
  • Online
  • Form: Multiple-choice questions
  • Length:  60 minutes
  • Language: English & Chinese
  • Content: Three parts (Academic, Geography, Science),each part including 50 multiple choice questions.
  • Date:19 December 2021
  • Location:Online
  • Scoring:Students will get 2 points for each correct answer and lose 1 point for each incorrect answer. Students will neither get nor lose point if they leave the question blank.
  • Advancement: Students whose total scores are ranked within the top 50% in the division, or whose score for one of the three subjects is above a specific score will exceed to the next round. Different divisions have different passing scores (45 for Elementary division, 55 for Middle School Division, 65 for Junior Varsity Division, and 75 for Varsity Division).
  • Preparation:Academic materials in English and Chinese will be provided.
  • Awards:
    1. All students will receive a participation certificate (Digital version).
    2. Students ranked in the top 50% in each division will receive an Excellence Award certificate(Digital version).
  • Fees: 200RMB/person
 
  • Offline
  • Form: Multiple-choice questions
  • Length:  60 minutes
  • Language: English & Chinese
  • Content: Three parts (Academic, Geography, Science), each part including 50 multiple choice questions.
  • Date: 19th of December, 2021
  • Registration deadline: 21st of November, 2021
  • Location:Partnering schools
  • Scoring:Students will get 2 points for each correct answer and lose 1 point for each incorrect answer. Students will neither get nor lose point if they leave the question blank.
  • Advancement: Students whose total scores are ranked within the top 50% in the division, or whose score for one of the three subjects is above a specific score will exceed to the next round. Different divisions have different passing scores (45 for Elementary division, 55 for Middle School Division, 65 for Junior Varsity Division, and 75 for Varsity Division).
  • Preparation:Academic materials in English and Chinese will be provided.
  • Awards:
    All students will receive a participation certificate (Digital version).
    Students ranked in the top 50% in each division will receive an Excellence Award certificate (Digital version).
  • Fees: 200RMB/person
Regional Round
Regional Round
  • Eligibility: Qualifiers from Qualifier Rounds
  • Time: From January to April, 2022
  • Format:Individual buzzer-based competition, Academic Bee, Quiz Bowl
  • Venue: Partner Schools
  • Language: English/ Chinese
  • Awards Distribution: 50%
  • Awards:1 . All students will receive a participation certificate (digital version). 2. Students ranked in the top 50% in each age division will receive an Excellence Award
  • Participants from different divisions will be awarded respectively.
 
Award * Excellence Award Champion Cup Runner-up Cup Second Runner-up Cup
Criteria All students Top 50% in each division Ranked 1st for each subject in each division Ranked 2nd for each subject in each division Ranked 3rd for each subject in each division
ASDAN Scholarship (Only available for candidates in the Varsity Division)

3000RMB/person

National Super Gold Award

3000RMB/person

National Gold Award

2000RMB/person

National Sliver Award

1000RMB/person

National Bronze Award

Notes:ASDAN Scholarship can only be used for the recipients to participate in ASDAN Extended Qualification (EPQ) program, and the amount cannot be accumulated.ASDAN EPQ is recommended by Oxford, Cambridge and other G5 schools. EPQ certificate can represent 28 UCAS points. Successful participant may even receive conditional admission offers from some leading universities. For more details, please refer to ASDAN official websitehttp://www.seedasdan.org/epq/.

Asian Championships
Asian Championships
  • Eligibility: Candidates advancing from the Regional Round (Only Candidates competing in English are eligible)
  • Time: Coming Soon
  • Venue: Coming Soon
  • Language: English

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