International Academic Competitions organizes National Championship Exams across numerous academic disciplines. The exams will be offered on various fields of history, science, and political science as explained below. Ambitious Middle School and Elementary School students are also welcome to compete in the Junior Varsity Division of the exams which are offered at JV Nationals in Arlington, VA in April for any younger students who attend that event (though the questions will be written at a challenging high school level of difficulty).
A complete schedule of exams and all other events at IAC National Championships can be found on the relevant page of our Nationals website here.
Past MS/ES and V/JV exams can be found here.
Each exam will consist of 75 multiple choice questions with each correct answer worth 2 points, an incorrect response worth -1 point, and an answer left blank worth 0 points. This scoring system rewards partial knowledge, but not random lucky guesses since if you can rule out at least one answer, statistically it doesn’t hurt to guess, and if you can narrow it down more than that and then give it your best shot, you are statistically more likely to score higher than if you left it blank. The time limit will be 25 minutes for each exam. Ties will be broken through 5 written tiebreaker questions with numerical answers. Each exam costs $25 and students will be ranked against other students in their age division (Middle School & Elementary).