The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2020 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held in Washington, DC on April 24-25, 2020.

The opening reception for AWQ 2019 at US Institute of Peace.

The opening reception for AWQ 2019 at US Institute of Peace.

A state-level Academic WorldQuest competition (North Texas).

A state-level Academic WorldQuest competition (North Texas).

Academic WorldQuest is a national program that strives to prepare the next generation of leaders, scholars, and decision-makers to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

For the upcoming 2019-2020 season, the WACNJ will host the first state-level competition in New Jersey. The winning team from the WACNJ competition will qualify for the National Academic WorldQuest competition held in Washington on April 24-25, 2020. The costs of attending the national competition will be covered by WACNJ.

Participating is easy

Approximately 5,000 students across the country participate in competitions hosted by 50 local World Affairs Councils across the United States. It’s easy for schools, teachers, and students to participate:

  • Assemble a team of 4 students

  • Get in contact with WACNJ to request more information about the local competition

  • Create a plan for your team to study the sources listed in the online Official Study Guide (to be released in October) – all questions come from these sources!

  • Attend the half-day local competition (in the second half of February)

  • If you win in NJ, then you prepare for and attend the national competition in Washington.

How it all Works

Teams compete by answering rounds of questions that test their knowledge of current affairs, world leaders, geography, recent history, flags, international organizations, countries, regions, the world economy, culture, religion, and more. A full competition is 10 rounds of 10 questions (for a total of 100 questions). The winning team is the one with the highest number of right answers.

A team consists of four high school students (plus alternates) who are passionate about current international affairs. Students may be in 9th through 12th grades. A high school may register up to two teams, as well as one alternate. Typically, teams prepare in an after-school setting over the course of several months, under the direction of a teacher or coach.

Oct 11: The official study guide has been released!

Sep 16: Topics for this season have been announced!


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