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USAD & USAP Nationals 2020 update regarding the Coronavirus, click here for more information.

Click to access the 2020 USAD Nationals registration and information webpages.

GPA Ranges for the 2020–2021 Competition Year
After careful consideration and evaluation of survey feedback from state directors and coaches, USAD has decided to revise the GPA ranges for the Honor, Scholastic, and Varsity categories for next year. The following revised GPA ranges will take effect for the 2020–2021 competition year:  
Honor: 3.80 – 4.00
Scholastic: 3.20 – 3.799
Varsity: 3.199 and below
Please note that the following GPA ranges for the Honor, Scholastic, and Varsity categories will remain in place for the duration of the 2019–2020 competition year:
Honor: 3.75 – 4.00
Scholastic: 3.00 – 3.749
Varsity: 2.99 and below

2020 USAD Nationals Volunteers Needed!
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USAD will be implementing the following changes that will affect only the Round 4 National tests that are being prepared for the 2020 Nationals in Alaska. The objective tests will remain evenly weighted at 1000 points each.  

1. Continue with the test changes made for the 2019 Nationals tests in Mathematics, Art, Science, and Economics. These include: adding 10 items to the Mathematics test; adding 5 items to the Art test; adding 5 items to the Science test; adding 5 items to the Economics test. No changes to the administration times for these tests.

2. Decrease the test administration times for Literature and Social Science by 5 minutes each to 25 minutes. No change needs to be made to the number of test items for each of these tests.
3. Continue with a Super Quiz test of 54 test items. 

Subject            Description
Art                    55 question multiple-choice test (30 minutes)
Economics        55 question multiple-choice test (30 minutes)
Literature          50 question multiple-choice test (25 minutes)
Mathematics     45 question multiple-choice test (30 minutes)
Music                50 question multiple-choice test (30 minutes)
Science             55 question multiple-choice test (30 minutes)
Social Science  50 question multiple-choice test (25 minutes)
Super Quiz       54-question multiple-choice test (18 questions per round)

2020 USAD Online Testing Information
For the 2019-2020 decathlon season, the essay and art events will take place online prior to the competition in Anchorage, Alaska.  The essay test will be held April 9, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. Central Daylight time with the art test immediately following the essay.  You will need to reserve a computer lab at your school, library or other venue.  An administrator (not the team coach) will need to oversee the online competition. 
All students MUST participate on this day. 
All teams are required to participate in a practice set-up that will be available from 12:30 pm CDT on April 2, 2020 through 5:00 pm CDT on April 8, 2020.  
Practice Essay and Art: April 2, 2020 - April 8, 2020   12:30 pm
Essay and Art: April 9, 2020 
Remaining Objective Tests: May 1, 2020


Check out the video from the 2019 USAD Nationals in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Check out the video from 2019 USAP Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee.


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United States Academic Decathlon®

The United States Academic Decathlon® is a ten-event scholastic competition for teams of high school students.

Each high school enters a team of nine students: 3 Honor students (3.750 - 4.00 GPA), 3 Scholastic students (3.00 - 3.749 GPA), and 3 Varsity students (0.00 - 2.999 GPA).

The theme for the 2019–2020 Academic Decathlon is In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness. 

United States Academic Pentathlon®

Get ready for the Decathlon: the rapidly-growing Pentathlon program allows middle school students a chance to start experiencing the benefits of Academic Decathlon ahead of schedule.

Academic Pentathlon is comprised of five academic events: Literature, Mathematics, Fine Arts, Science and Social Science.

Click here for more information.

USAD Individual Competition

The United States Academic Decathlon Individual Competition has been created to help individuals achieve their individual academic goals.

Home school students, alternative school students, team alternates, and Academic Decathlon team members, this competition is for you!

USAD International Competition

USAD continues to recruit new schools for the International Competition. All English speaking International Schools are encouraged to participate. Teams for the International Academic Decathlon are created in the same manner as for the Academic Decathlon. Click here to find out how to get involved!