Academic WorldQuest

Test your students’ global IQ at our annual international knowledge competition for high school students.

WorldQuest 2022 Standings

Team Name Standing
Nova Classical Team A 1
Edina Team B 2
Rochester Mayo Team A 3
Minnetonka Team A 4
Washburn Team B 5
Washburn Team A 6
Minnetonka Team B 7
Como Park 8
Washburn Team E 9
Wayzata 10

Other Participating Schools


Grand Rapids

Highland Park


St. Paul Central

School of Environmental Studies

2022 Competition Photos

2022 Competition Details

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Location: This year’s competition will be held in person at the Mall of America. There will also be an option to compete online via Zoom and MyQuiz. Details on how to access the online event and game instructions will be posted soon.
Time: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm CDT

This free event challenges teams of four to combine wits and correctly answer multiple-choice questions on global topics. The winning team  will represent Minnesota at the national Academic WorldQuest organized by the World Affairs Councils of America, on April 29-30, 2022.

  • Each high school (9-12 grade students) can register up to 2 teams of 4 students for the in-person event on a first-come, first-served basis. All high schools also have the option to register an unlimited number of teams to participate online. 
  • FREE to compete
  • Refreshments provided for in-person participants
  • First place team receives a championship trophy for their school, and the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in April. Global Minnesota will cover the cost of roundtrip airfare from Minneapolis to Washington, D.C. for the four team members and an adult chaperone, and will arrange and pay for hotel expenses for the group during the competition.
  • Additional prize drawings throughout the event
  • Team Spirit Award: Your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!
    • In person: Let your Spirit show!
    • Online teams: Record a short, fun video (1-1:30 min. long) introducing your team and why you enjoy competing at Academic WorldQuest. Submit your video no later than March 1, 2022, using WeTransfer and enter in the email field. Videos will be judged on creativity and content. The winning video will be featured on Global Minnesota’s website and social pages.

Study Guide

To find study materials related to the Great Decisions topics, please follow the instructions below:

1. Go to the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions website
2. Click on Topic Resources.
4. Scroll down to near the bottom of the page and select 2021 in the “Past Topics” dropdown menu.
5. Click on the Great Decisions topic you wish to study. You will then see the links and glossary related to that topic.


Academic WorldQuest competition questions are based on articles in the Foreign Policy Association’s 2021 Great Decisions book and the downloadable study guide mentioned above. Each registered team will receive four FREE copies of the 2021 Great Decisions briefing book in the mail (while supplies last with a maximum of 12 books per school).


All questions for this year’s competition will be drawn from sources in the official Academic WorldQuest Study Guide, with the exception of current events.

  • Where Climate and Migration Meet
  • Afghanistan: End of the 20-Year U.S.-Led Intervention
  • Human-Centered Agenda to the Future of Work
  • CDC and the Global Health Agenda
  • Technology and Democracy: Threat or Promise?
  • 21st Century Money: Dollars to Digital Currencies
  • Working for Peace Through Legacies of War: The Case of Vietnam
  • Insecurity in China’s Neighborhood
  • Great Decisions
  • Current Events


Contact Sylvia Oxenham, K-12 Education Manager

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