Academic WorldQuest

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

2024 Competition Details

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Location: This year’s competition will be in person, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2024. More details coming soon.
Time: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm CDT

This free event invites teams of four to challenge their global knowledge to correctly answer a series of multiple-choice questions in competition with other local schools. The winning team  will represent Minnesota at the national Academic WorldQuest competition organized by the World Affairs Councils of America, at the end of April 2024 in Washington, DC.

  • Each high school (9-12 grade students) can register up to 2 teams of 4 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional teams can be registered if space allows.
  • FREE to compete
  • Refreshments provided
  • Additional prize drawings throughout the event
  • Team Spirit Award: Let your Spirit show for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!
  • First place team receives a championship trophy for their school, and the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in April. Global Minnesota will cover the cost of roundtrip airfare from Minneapolis to Washington, D.C. for the four team members and an adult chaperone, and will arrange and pay for hotel expenses for the group during the competition.

Register Your Teams Today!


Study Guide (Updated guide coming soon.)


Academic WorldQuest competition questions are based on the downloadable study guide mentioned above.

The Great Decisions books will be required study material for the National Competition only. For details, please refer to the instructions in the study guide under the Great Decisions section. Each registered team will receive four FREE copies of the 2023 Great Decisions briefing book in the mail (while supplies last with a maximum of 12 books per school).

To find additional study materials related to the Great Decisions topics, please follow the instructions below:

1. Go to the Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions website
2. Click on Topic Resources.
4. Scroll down to near the bottom of the page and select 2023 in the “Past Topics” dropdown menu.
5. Click on the Great Decisions topic you wish to study. You will then see the links and glossary related to that topic.


All questions for this year’s competition will be drawn from sources in the official Academic WorldQuest Study Guide, with the exception of current events and a new category on international trivia. (Updated guide for 2023-24 coming soon.)

  • The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): Alliance and Collective Defense in a Changing World
  • Demographic Dividends – Population Shift in Africa
  • The Global South
  • Sports and Diplomacy
  • Country in Focus: South Korea
  • Promoting a Green Europe
  • Women’s Contributions to Track II Diplomacy
  • Navigating AI: The Global Workforce
  • Great Decisions
  • Current Events

WorldQuest 2023 Standings

Team Name Standing
Edina Team A 1
Nova Team A 2
Mayo Team D 3
Osseo A 4
School of Environmental Studies Team C 5
Grand Rapids B 6
Osseo Team B 7
Edina Team D 8
Mayo Team A 9
Mayo Team B 10

Other Participating Schools


Highland Park

St. Paul Central


2023 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.