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:Online or offline test,  bilingual question papers
  • Details: 150 multiple-choice questions for elementary division; 300 multiple-choice questions for middle school division)
  • Time:5th December 2020
  • Venue:Online (using camera-equipped computer and phone) or offline exam centers (unavailable now and will be announced through this official website once determined)
  • Scoring Scheme:2 points for correct answer, o for blank and -1 for wrong answer
  • How to qualify:Top 50% of each competition division will be qualified for the National Round. Top 5% nationwide will be directly qualified for the Global Round.
  • Certificates:
    1. Participation certificate for all ( digital version )
    2. Top 50% of each competition region or top 30% of each subject 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: February 2021
  • Format: On-site quizzes and team events
  • Venue: Five-star hotel
  • 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: June or July 2021
  • Venue: Asia or US
  • 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.