International Academic Competitions (IAC)

Originated in the U.S.

Operating in over 25 Countries around the World

Well-known among Elementary and Middle School Students

Participating Schools


The International Academic Competitions (IAC) is a network of over a dozen academic competitions, all of which have been founded since 2010. As one of the US most prestigious and comprehensive academic competition, 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.

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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 honor its mission by continuing to refine its existing competitions and developing new ones in an expanding array of cities.

Main Themes





Qualifier Round
Qualifier Round
  • Eligibility:Elementary Division (Grade 4,5,6) , Middle School Division (Grade 7, 8,9)
  • Format:Written-test, Multilple-choice questions (MCQ). Bilingual question papers
  • Details: 150 MCQs (Elementary Division);300 MCQs (Middle School Division)
  • Time:14th December 2019, 1400-1530 (90 minutes)
  • Venue:Exam Centers in China
  • Scoring Scheme:Correct answer (2 points); Blank (0 points); Incorrect answer (-1points)
  • How to qualify:Top 50% of their competition division
  • Awards:
    1. Participation certificate ( digital version )
    2. Top 50% of the student within each competition region will receive an excellence award ( digital version )
Competition Division
  • Northern Region:Beijing, Tianjin, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shandong
  • Eastern Region:Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu
  • Southern Region:Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, Hong Kong, Macau,Taiwan
  • Central Region:Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi, Henan
  • Midwest Region:Chongqing, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet, Ningxia, Xinjiang
National Round
Online National Round
  • Eligibility: Top 50% students from Qualifier Rounds
  • Time: April 4 to April 5, 2020 (two days)
  • Format: Online (Computer with camera is required.)
  • Language: English
  • Grading Criterion: Students who give a correct answer with a faster speed will get a higher score.
  • Subjects: Academic, Geography, Science. What to be tested in the competition is the same with that in the Qualifier Rounds, but in different forms and types. Upon registration candidates will receive competition preparation materials.
  • Online Competition Mode: Detailed procedures and guidance will be sent by email after registration is done.
Awards (division-based)
Super Gold * Gold Silver Bronze Outstanding
Total score Top 3 Top 15% Top 25% Top 35% Top 50%
Academic Top 3 Top 15% Top 25% Top 35%
Science Top 3 Top 15% Top 25% Top 35%
Geography Top 3 Top 15% Top 25% Top 35%
National Round Morning Noon Afternoon
  • Sign-in
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Academic Round
  • Lunch break
  • Science Round
  • Geography Round
  • Announce final round qualifiers through email
  • Sign-in
  • Academic Round
  • Science Round
  • Geography Round
  • Lunch break
  • Awards Ceremony
*subject to change
Global Round
Global Round
  • Time:2020 IAC Global Round has been cancelled
  • Winners in the 2020 online National Round will be qualified for the 2021 IAC Global Round in the US. These winners include those who grab the Super Gold, National Gold, National Silver or National Bronze, or those who rank top 35% of each subject or top 50% overall in the online National Round.

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