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Academic Decathlon® Individual Competition is personalized for you!

Go Individual!

No Team?
No Problem.

  • Home School Students
  • Alternative School Students
  • Gifted and Talented Program Students
  • Traditional School Students

Academic Decathlon® Individual Competition offers high school students who do not have access to the traditional Academic Decathlon® Team Competition an opportunity to experience Academic Decathlon®. Are you learning in a non-traditional setting? Enrolled in a school, but not part of the Academic Decathlon® team? Enrolled in a school that does not participate in Academic Decathlon? This competition's for you!


School has a Team? Compete Here.

  • Current Decathlete
  • Alternate Decathlete
  • Non-Decathlete

If your school has an Academic Decathlon® Team, good news. If your team is eliminated from competition, it's not over! You can continue to compete at an international level through the Academic Decathlon® Individual Competition.  Enroll here for the next round beginning with Round II.

If you are an alternate or your team has been eliminated, you can join the Individual Competition as well. Enroll here for the next round beginning with Round II.

Maybe you didn't try out for the school's team. You too can compete in the Academic Decathlon® Individual Competition. Enroll here for the next round beginning with Round II.

International Student? You can join too.

  • International high school students over the age of 13

Academic Decathlon® Individual Competition offers international high school students who do not have access to the traditional Academic Decathlon® Team Competition an opportunity to experience Academic Decathlon®.

Go to International Academy for Social Development to get started!*  

*This link leads to an external site specifically for International Students to sign up.

Academic Decathlon® Curriculum and Theme

Eight of the ten traditional Academic Decathlon® events are presented in the Individual Competition online: Art, Economics, Essay, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, and Social Science.

2019 - 2020 Season Curricular Theme

This season the United States Academic Decathlon will explore illness and wellness, studying the biology of cancer, the history of healthcare, health economics, plus more. The selected literature, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, is the story of one man's obsession with the creation of life and his subsequent abandoment of his creation´╗┐.

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


Official Academic Decathlon® Online Competition

Participating students will experience the same level of tests as all other students competing in any of the Academic Decathlon® competitions.

All competitions will be held online on the official Academic Decathlon® online testing site. For the 2019 - 2020 season, Individuals will not be involved in the onsite Nationals. Individuals participating in the final round are scheduled to compete in the USAD® Individual Competition Final - Nationals (online).

More information will be posted on the Home Page closer to the competition events.

Round I  -  Practice
Objective Tests: January 10, 2020 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Round II  -  Scrimmage
´╗┐Objective Tests: February 21, 2020
Round III  -  Competition
´╗┐Objective Tests: March 28, 2020
Final  -  Nationals
Testing follows the official USAD Online Nationals Schedule on a certain day and each test starts at a specific time.
Practice Essay and Art: April 2 - 8
Essay and Art: sign in April 9
Remaining Objective Tests:  sign in  

(USAD® Online National Contestant Schedule will be posted closer to the final testing round)
Due to security reasons, USAD is unable to reschedule the National online testing.


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Round I - Practice is Friday, January 10 


Academic Decathlon® 2019-2020

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