WSC Online Team Challenge
- First Round: June 14 (Sunday)
- Second Round: July 18 (Saturday)
Notes: Choose only one round.
- Form a team of three yourself. All students are welcome.
Scoring and Advancement
- Scoring: Collective score in Collaborative Speech amounts to the total of individual scores and that in Scholar's Bowl will be based on the accumulation of right answers.
- 50%: Each part takes up 50% of the overall collective score.
- 50%: Those whose overall collective performance are ranked top 50% in
each division will be qualied for the 2020 WSC Global Round.
- Form: Team-based competition among junior and senior students respectively
- Language: English
- Constituents: Online Collaborative Speech + Online Scholar's Bowl
Online Collaborative Speech
15 minutes' group discussion after on-spot announcement of 6 speech topics and 2 minutes' independent speech on any of the three different topics chosen.
Online Scholar's Bowl
Work with your team members to finish challenging questions in a set time. Each question should be submitted just once. The questions highlight the 2020 WSC theme, covering 6 subjects: Science and
Technology, Social Studies, History, Art and Music, Literature and Media and Special Area.
Notes: Excellent teams in Collaborative Speech will be invited to participate in the Debate Showcase. The rest can serve as judges.
Form a Team
Meet Team Challenges
WSC Online Individual Challenge
- First Round: 15th March (Closed)
- Second Round: 29th March (Closed)
- Third Round: 12th April (Closed)
- Fourth Round: 25th April (Closed)
- Fifth Round: 17th May (Closed)
- Sixth Round: 31st May
Notes:Transfer to another round or refund is acceptable until one week before the opening of the round you have chosen.
Scoring and Advancement
- 50%: Online Scholar’s Challenge and Speech Challenge account for 50% of the total score respectively
- 50%: Those ranked top 50% in each division will be qualified for the 2020 Global Rounds
- Form: Individual-based competition among junior and senior school students respectively
- Language: English
- Constituents: Online Scholar's Challenge and Online Speech Challenge
Online Scholar’s Challenge
Complete 90 multiple-choice questions within 90 minutes that revolve around the 2020 WSC theme and cover 6 subjects: Science and Technology, Social Studies, History, Art and Music, Literature and Media and Special Area.
Online Speech Challenge
Make a 90-second video record of personal speech.
Letter from the Founder
The artist Austin Kleon once advised his students, "Draw the art you want to see, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use."
In designing the World Scholar's Cup, my team and I have always kept something similar in mind: to design a program we wish we could have attended when we were students.
That's why the World Scholar's Cup may look like a competition, but isn't one at all. It's a celebration of learning. (Just ask the "ninjas" who raided the Taiwan Round in 2012 to demand more guides to study.) It brings together many subjects, because before we can begin to specialize, we need to see the big picture. It challenges teams to work together, because there's nothing harder or more inspiring than knowing that someone else depends on you. And it deals with serious global issues without taking itself too seriously, because I'm convinced that before we can fall in love with learning, we have to find the fun in learning.
Whether you join us just for just a regional round or continue with us all the way to the Tournament of Champions at Yale University, you're becoming part of a community of scholars and leaders that will last a lifetime.
Founder and Alpaca-in-Chief
Mr. Daniel BerdichevskyDaniel Berdichevsky is the program's founder and alpaca-in-chief. In high school, he stood out from quite a few well-known academic challenges in the United States and was considered a professional nerd ever since. For Daniel, these challenges were lifechanging: they introduced him to the joy of teamwork, inspired him to overcome his fear of public speaking, and launched him into college with new confidence. It was after studying science, technology, and society and public policy at Stanford and then public policy at Harvard that Daniel had three realizations: first, that there were very few opportunities like the ones he had been given for students around the world; second, that such a global program could be for students in the 21st century what those academic challenges had been for him in the 20th; and, third, that he had just discovered his life’s work. Daniel has also led strategic innovation for CASIO, worked (with great non-success) in venture capital, and attempted (with even greater non-success) to write musicals. Daniel loves little more (except maybe the song Havana) than meeting and learning from students around the world.
World Scholar's Cup spreads over 70 countries，140+cities
Weekends, two days
Senior Division: born before January 1, 2005
Aug. 10 - 14
Time to be determined
Tournament of Champions
from the Global Round
Each year, all teams explore and debate a current global theme, exploring subjects that range from Science to Literature to Social Studies—and more.
A World Renewed
Debate with the power of your pen. You'll be given six statements, each from a different subject area, and asked to choose one to argue for or against. You'll first have 25 minutes to prepare with your teammates, then an 45= by yourself to compose the most persuasive essay possible, then 15 more minutes to work together at the end. Here's the catch: each member of your team has to choose a different topic.
Debate is a chance for participants to apply everything they have learned as a team to make the most persuasive case possible. Each team debates three times against teams from three other schools or countries. The format is meant to challenge new and experienced debaters alike. Two-thirds of participants are first-time debaters.
Motions come from all the subject areas; participants may be debating questions of global policy or the meaning of a poem. After each round, teams give one another constructive feedback. Winning teams then go on to face other winners and non-winning teams go on to face other non-winners.
The Scholar's Challenge isn't a test of what the participants remember: it's a test of what they understand. It looks like any other multiple-choice test, but with an alpaca-powered twist: you can mark more than one answer per question. The fewer you mark, the more points you can earn. While the event may not be fun, its outcome is: apply your knowledge of the six subjects successfully and you'll win prizes like a gold medal in art, or a silver in science—or both. Neck braces available at check-in.