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Welcome to the Academic Decathlon® Individual Competition!

Academic Decathlon® Individual Competition has been created to help you achieve your individual academic goals.

Home schools students, alternative school students, and Academic Decathlon® team members and alternates, this competition is for you! As an Individual you can be part of the excitement.


Prepare for scholastic achievement through the proven Academic Decathlon® program. 

Academic Decathlon® Individual Competition offers the same outstanding curriculum  — and superior level of competition — that has drawn top student scholars to Academic Decathlon® teams for nearly twenty years.


Round II Objective Testing Friday, February 15

  Individual Decathletes will take the online objective tests on Friday, February 15, 2019. Students eligible to register for this round are homeschooled, attend a school that does not have a team, alternates that do not participate in team regional competition or are from a team that was eliminated in round one of the team competition.

Friday's tests constist of are seven 30 minute tests: Art, Economics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science and Social Science. The testing window is open from 7:00 a.m. thru 10:00 p.m. CST. 

For this round, you do not need a proctor. Participating students, check your email for complete testing time information. Instructions were sent Wednesday, February 13.

Instructions for taking a sample test were emailed to the participating students on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Students can take the sample test to verify they can log in and practice taking an objective test.

Check your spam or junk folder if you did not receive the instructions. Please use Contact Us if you need them resent.

If you are taking the tests at school, be sure the IT department has the following information:
    • If possible, have the IT staff increase the priority of internet traffic to the USAD testing sites, http://usadtest.com and https://usad.enlyght.com.
    • Make sure that adequate bandwidth is available during the online competition - 20 Mbps per 9 students.

Eliminated from Team Competition? It's not Over! Not Competing with the Team? You can Compete as an Individual! Register Today

  High School Academic Decathletes. If you have been eliminated during team competition, you can continue and compete as an indivdiual.  Didn't make the team, you too can compete as an individual. You can register now with the Individual Competition if you are not competiting alongside the team. 

You will compete in the Group 2 category. If you participated in team regionals and were eliminated, Individual Competition begins with Round 3 on March 1, 2019. Decathletes who are eliminated in state team competition can participate in the online Indvidual Competition Online.

Sign-up today!

Learn more about Individual Competition.

Please note: All competition rounds will be held online. Individuals will not be involved in the onsite Nationals.

Registration is Open for Group 1 High School Students

  Join today and journey back in time to the 1960s, a transformation decade! Interested in participating in the USAD® Individual Competition? If you are a high school student and are home schooled, attend a non-traditional US school or attend a traditional US school that does not participate in the USAD® team decathlon sign-up today!

Registration includes electronic study materials and a subscription to the USAD® Online Testing and Training Center. Check it out!

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The 1960s: A Transformational Decade

  This season the United States Academic Decathlon will step back in time exploring 1960s music, 1960s US economy, laser technology, art of the 1960s, plus more. The selected literature, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, is one of the most enduring and frequently performed plays of contemporary theater.

Click here to view the complete topic outlines for each subject.

Join us! Registration is now open for Group 1 and Group 2.


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