Academic WorldQuest

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

2020 Competition Details

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Location: Mall of America, Parkview Meeting and Events Center, 5204 Center Court, 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Competition: 3:30-6:00 pm

This year’s competition is SOLD OUT! If you’d like to place a team on the waiting list or have questions, please contact Sylvia Oxeham, K-12 Education Manager, at

This free event challenges teams of four to combine wits and correctly answer multiple-choice questions on global topics. The winning team and their coach win an all-expenses-paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C.

  • ATTENTION This year’s competition is limited to a maximum total of 32 teams. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Each high school (9-12 grade students) is invited to register up to 2 teams of 4 students. A school may register a third team for placement on a waiting list, should space be available.
  • FREE to compete
  • Limited travel scholarships are available for teams from Greater Minnesota
  • Light meal provided
  • Prizes, including team spirit award

Study Guide


  • U.S.-Russia Relations
  • Country in Focus: South Korea
  • Preventing Extremism in Fragile States
  • Oceans: The World’s Garbage Dump
  • Great Decisions
  • Brexit and the EU
  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative
  • Germany: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Qatar and the Future of the Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Current Events
  • Global Minnesota’s focus country: Itay (local competition only)

The 2019 Great Decisions briefing book is required study material for the National Competition. However, the briefing book is NOT required reading for local competitions.  To prepare for the local competition, students should study the online resources outlined in the study guide.

2019 Competition Photos


Contact Sylvia Oxenham, K-12 Education Manager

Presented in partnership with Delta Air Lines, Mall of America, and the World Affairs Councils of America.