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About the Academic Decathlon
The Academic Decathlon is a series of interscholastic competitions for high school teams nationwide. The Decathlon encourages, recognizes
and rewards academic effort and excellence.
Itís All Teamwork
The Decathlon tests knowledge and academic skills - but isnít just for the class genius. One of the unique features of the Decathlon is that each
team represents a range of achievement levels. The team consists of three students who have "A" averages, three with "B" averages and three
with "C" averages. To prepare for competition, the team members begin working and studying together early in the fall. On competition day, all
nine team members take the same tests, participate in the same events, and are judged by the same criteria. The teamís final score depends
on the performances of ALL its members.
The Decathlon competition consists of the following 11 events:
- Seven written, multiple-choice tests (mathematics, science,
music, social science, economics, literature, and fine arts)
- Speech (prepared and impromptu)
- Written essay
- Interview by a panel of business persons
- Super Quiz (the only public portion - a truly exciting climax to the day-long competition)
State and National Competition
competitions are held New Jersey in late January or February. The regional winners take part in the State Decathlon
about a month later. The highest scoring team represents New Jersey at the
United States Academic Decathlon. Other high scoring teams can compete in
national online competition.
The New Jersey Experience
High schools in New Jersey have been participating in the Academic Decathlon for
more than 30 years. Newcomers are welcomed each year.
The Funding Process
ADNJ is supported through registration fees paid by participating high schools and corporate contributions. We are grateful for the support of
our friends in business and industry who make education a high priority.