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


International Academic Competitions (IAC) is a network of over a dozen academic competitions, all of which have been originated in the U.S. since 2010, also one of the U.S. most prestigious comprehensive academic competition. The U.S. Geography Olympiads' national team is also using IAC as an audition for the selection of their team members. Fun, multidisciplinary and pioneering are the main three elements that make IAC well-known around the world, which attracts more than 50,000 students from North America, Europe, Asian and over 30 countries to participate every year.

IAC is found and overseen by a married French-American couple with decades of combined experience in academic competitions. Starting from 2019, ASDAN China is assigned by IAC worldwide as the official partner for IAC in China, hoping to expose the series of 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 have a unique role to play in the education of students by encouraging them to explore new areas of knowledge while rewarding achievement inside the classroom. Academic competitions can help students gain confidence, make new friends, strengthen long-term memory knowledge, help students with university admissions, and most of all, ignite a passion for lifelong learning. IAC would love nothing more than to give all children around the world rewarding academic competition opportunities in which they can take part.

The whole IAC team are passionate about developing and growing competitions, they will seek to fulfill 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
National Round
  • Eligibility:Qualifiers from the Qualifying Rounds
  • Format:Individual, buzzer-based quiz competition
  • Language:Chinese or English
  • Time:14-15 March, 2020 (2 days)
  • Venue:Wuxi
  • Registration:Further instructions will be given in the invitation letter
Awards (division-based)
Super Gold * Gold Silver Bronze Excellence Award
Total score Top 3 Top 15% Top 25% Top 35% Top 50%
Academy 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%
* The international grade will be used as a benchmark for "Super Gold Award" winner
  • Registration
  • Round 1: Academic
  • Round 2: Academic
  • Semifinals: Academic
  • Round 1: Science
  • Round 2: Science
  • Semifinals: Science
  • Finals: Academic
  • Finals: Science
  • Round 1: Geography
  • Round 2: Geography
  • Semifinals: Geography
  • Finals: Geography
  • Lunch
  • Closing & Awards Ceremony
*subject to change
Global Round
Global Round
  • Eligibility:Super Gold, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Excellence Award Winners from the National Round
    **English-language competition user only;
    ** IAC Geography World Championship: Qualifiers need to score within the Top 35% benchmark for Geography in the National Round
  • Time: June or July
    1. IAC Global Round (Chicago): 2020, June 10-16
    2. IAC Grography World Championship: 2020, July 11-19.
  • Venue:
    Finals for the academic, geography and science competition will be held in the U.S., Chicago..;
    International Geography World Championship will be held in the cruise (departing from Puerto Rico)
  • Language:English
  • Registration:Further instructions will be given in the invitation letter

Exam Centers