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The Individual Competition is divided into 3 different groups. 

Group 1: Home schooled students and students enrolled in a school NOT participating in team decathlon*

Group 2A: Students enrolled in a school that participates in decathlon, but are either a team alternate, not on the team or not associated with a team
Group 2B: Students on a decathlon team that has been eliminated

* International Students should associate with this group solely for round eligibility

In each group, students will be competing within GPA divisions.

  • Honors (3.75 - 4.00)
  • Scholastic (3.00 - 3.749)
  • Varsity (0.00 - 2.999)

Exception: If you are a homeschool student, you will automatically be placed in the Honors division.

Students will be required to follow USAD's policies and guidelines while participating in the Individual Competition. All students must adhere to the Academic Decathlon® Code of Conduct and provide a signed permission slip to participate in the Individual competition. Once the Individual Decathletes attending the Nationals in Wisconsin are determined, more information will be provided.

Send in Transcripts

All students are required to provide USAD with their official sealed school transcripts or the last four official school report cards. Homeschool students will need to provide USAD® with the last two years progress reports. All reports MUST be provided to USAD prior to the Round II Scrimmage or prior to the 1st round of competing.

If you participated with a team, include your GPA classification on the team, Honors, Scholastic, or Varsity.

Please send your official sealed school transcripts to:

USAD (Individual Competition)
PO Box 4351
Mankato, MN 56002

** If your progress reports from the last two years are not available, please contact the Academic Decathlon® office.


Testing Rounds/Dates
Group 1
Group 2A
Group 2B
Round I - Practice XX    
January 6, 2017 
Round II - Scrimmage XX XX  XX
Essay:  February 3, 2017  |  Objective Tests:  February 17, 2017 
Round III -  State Competition* XX XX XX
Essay:  March 3, 2017  |  Objective Tests:  March 10, 2017 
Final - Nationals* XX XX XX
Practice Essay and Art:  March 30, 2017 - April 4, 2017
Essay and Art: April 6, 2017 - sign in at 12:15 PM CDT |  Remaining Objective Tests: April 21, 2017 - sign in 12:45 PM CDT
* requires proctor to oversee the testing                        xx= Ability to participate in testing round

An Opportunity to be Invited to Nationals in Wisconsin

Participants of the Online Individual Competition have an opportunity to be invited to the USAD® National Competition in Madison, WI, April 20 – 22, 2017. The number of students to be considered is dependent on the number of slots available.  A team of USAD® staff and select State Directors will determine the individuals invited using a round robin method based on the student's category, round III score and state.

Students will need to register for round IV of the USAD® Individual Competition if they have not participated in previous rounds of the Individual Competition. In addition, they need to complete the registration process.

Registraion Deadlines: The registration deadline is based on the date of the student's state competition. For registration deadlines, visit Individual Registration.

Important note: The students who are members of teams invited to represent their state in the USAD Large, Medium or Small Online National Competitions are not allowed to disband their team and compete as individuals. 



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