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What You'll Do On Competition Day


Academic Decathlon® isn’t about mastering a single event, but ten different skills and disciplines. Every Academic Decathlon® competition, whether it’s a local round in Omaha or the national finals in Honolulu, will follow the same multidisciplinary format.






Academic Decathlon® isn’t about mastering a single event, but ten different skills and disciplines.

You’ll deliver speeches, one on a topic of your choice and one on a topic you’ve never seen before.

You’ll write an essay demonstrating not just what you’ve learned but how powerfully you can argue an idea.

You’ll be interviewed by judges asking you thoughtful questions about your past experiences and your goals for the future.

You’ll take challenging exams in Art, Economics, Literature, Math, Music, Science, and Social Science.

And, at the exciting Super Quiz, you and your teammates will take turns solving the most stimulating challenges of all from across every subject you’ve studied—while a live audience cheers you on.