Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Academic Decathlon?
The Academic Decathlon is designed to include students from all academic backgrounds. Each nine-member team consists of three A students, three B students and three C students. In addition to a seven-minute interview, a one-hour essay and two speeches (four minutes prepared and two minutes impromptu), written comprehensive exams are given in music, art, literature, mathematics, economics, social science, and the Super Quiz.
What is the Super Quiz?
The final event is the Super Quiz relay. : All students assemble in a setting as each grade level collaboratively answers twelve multiple-choice questions from the objective portions of the competition (Varsity, then Scholastic, and then Honors). As answers are given and scores change, the students get excited and cheer for all out academic effort.
Who can participate?
Competition is open to all public and private high schools in Texas. There are three divisions:
- Small School Division: - This division is for schools that are considered 4A, A, 2A, or 1A schools and have 1099 students or less.
- Medium School Division - This division is for schools that are considered 5A and have between 1100-2149 students.
- Large School Division - This division is for schools considered 6A and have more than 2150 students.
*Note: UIL Classifications - Magnet schools will compete based on the enrollment of the largest school in their district. Private schools will compete in the large school division.
How to participate?
Competition is open to all public and private high schools in Texas. Fifteen region meets will be held throughout the state with winners advancing to the state meets. Three divisions (according to University Interscholastic League (UIL) enrollment in high school) will compete in large, medium, or small school state competition.
The necessary forms are located on each events' page of this site. Shortcuts to each event are located to the right.