This is the student resource section; here student decathletes and parents can find everything you need to help prepare for this year’s Arizona Academic Decathlon competitions.
The Academic Decathlon, like its ancient Greek counterpart, consists of ten events. However, unlike the Greek Decathlon, this is an academic, rather than an athletic competition. It’s also a team competition, as well as an individual competition.
Success in the Arizona Academic Decathlon isn’t about being the best in one subject, it’s about mastering the ten different disciplines. In a typical day-long Decathlon, high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are tested in seven areas: economics, art, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science, and science. In addition, students amass points in three communication events: the prepared and impromptu speech event, the oral interview event, and the essay writing event. The Decathlon concludes with the public Super Quiz Relay.
Every Academic Decathlon competition, whether it’s a regional, state or national final follows the same format.