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

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Countries
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Participating Schools
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Tournaments

Introduction

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.

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

Main Themes

Academic

Geography

Science

Tournaments

Qualifier Round
Qualifier Round
  • Eligibility:
  • Middle School Division: Students born on or after September 1, 2006
  • Junior Varsity Division: Students born between September 1, 2004 and August 31, 2006
  • Varsity Division: Students born on or before September 1, 2004
  • Format:Online and Offline
 
  • Online
  • Module 1 Multiple-choice questions (MCQ), individual, bilingual, 90 minutes. Middle School Division 150 MCQs; Junior Varsity Division 240 MCQs; Varsity Division 300 MCQs.
  • Module 2 Objective questions, individual, English (Middle School Division and Junior Varsity Division can choose Chinese), 180 minutes, 3 themes, each theme has 25 questions. The host will read the questions, and the faster you answer it, the higher is your score.
  • Question coverage - Academic, Geography, Science
  • Date:6th December 2020
  • Location:Online (using camera-equipped computer and phone)
  • Scoring Scheme:Total Score = 50% Multiple-choice questions Score+ 50% Objective questions Score
  • How to qualify:Top 50% of their competition division (only English students)
  • Preparation:Bilingual academic materials will be provided
  • Awards: 1. Participation certificate (digital version) 2. Top 50% of the student within each competition region will receive an excellence award (digital version)
  • Fees: 480RMB/person
 
  • Offline
  • Module 1 Objective questions, 180 minutes, 3 themes, each theme has 25 questions. The host will read the questions, and the faster you answer it, the higher is your score.
  • Module 2 Objective questions, individual, buzzer based quiz competition. Each theme will have 2-3 competition rounds. Students will be randomly assigned to different classrooms (no more than ten students in each classroom), and each student has one buzzer. The moderator will read the question. Students may buzz in at any point in the question (they are encouraged to interrupt the moderator to do so). If the answer is wrong, there will be no more chance to answer the same question.
  • Question coverage - Academic, Geography, Science
  • Language:English (Middle School Division and Junior Varsity Division can choose Chinese)
  • Date:October 2020 - January 2021 (Weekends)
  • Location:Partnering schools
  • Scoring Scheme::Top 70% of each theme of Model 1 can advance to Model 2, top 60% of each theme of Model 2 can advance to National Round
  • How to qualify:Top 60% of their competition division (only English students)
  • Preparation:Bilingual academic materials will be provided
  • Awards: 1. Participation certificate (digital version) 2. Top 60% of the student within each competition region will receive an excellence award (digital version)
  • Fees: 580RMB/person
National Round
Online National Round
  • Eligibility: Qualifiers from Qualifier Rounds
  • Time: February 2021
  • Format:Team, buzzer-based quiz competition
  • Venue: Shanghai
  • Language: English
  • Awards Distribution: 50%
Super Gold * Gold Silver Bronze Outstanding
Total score Top 5% Top 10% Top 25% Top 35% Top 50%
Academic Top 5% Top 10% Top 25% Top 35%
Science Top 5% Top 10% Top 25% Top 35%
Geography Top 5% Top 10% Top 25% Top 35%
Global Round
Global Round
  • Eligibility: Super Gold and Gold Award winners from the National Round
  • Time: May / June 2021
  • Venue: Phuket, Thailand
  • Language: English

Exam Centers

Currently the committee is applying for offline exam centers and will open these centers through this official website once the application is done. Students who can not find a suitable center by the time can still transfer to online exam.

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