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2018 PwC Academic WorldQuest

Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Each year, World Affairs Councils around the United States host Academic WorldQuest competitions for high school students. The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts nearly 100 North Texas area teams, which participate each February. Teams of four study for a chance to compete on the national level in Washington D.C. against other regional winners. Flights and accommodations for the first place local team (four students and one educator) to the national competition are funded by the Council.

Each JWAC may enter up to three (3) teams at $25 each. Once payment for the team(s) is received by the Council, one 2017 Great Decisions book will be mailed to the JWAC sponsor for each team registered.

The competition consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, including 10 sections of 10 questions. Participants prepare for the competition by studying an online study guide. The World Affairs Councils of America decides the 10 topics based on the most relevant global issues of that year. In the case of a tie, the competition can go into a tiebreaker round of 10 multiple-choice questions and then a sudden death round of five questions that require write-in answers.

Two of the 10 topics are consistent each year: Current Events and Great Decisions. The current events questions are based on world events from August 2017- February 2018, and the Great Decisions questions are from the 2017 edition of the Great Decisions publication by the Foreign Policy Association. The entire 2017 publication is fair game for the Great Decisions section of the local competition.

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2018 topics

  1. NAFTA
  2. ASEAN at 50
  3. India's Bid for Global Power
  4. Combatting Climate Change
  5. Cybersecurity
  6. Saudi Arabia
  7. Great Decisions
  8. The Peacebuilding Toolkit
  9. America's Diplomats
  10. Current Events


  • Start studying early! Some teams start studying 5 months in advance of the competition.
  • Divide and conquer the material amongst your teammates.
  • Hold mock-competitions at your JWAC meetings.
  • Keep up-to-date on current events from around the world.
  • Include the latest edition of the Great Decisions publication in your study materials.
  • Review the Academic WorldQuest guidelines and study materials.
  • Read the articles listed in the study materials.

In order to help JWAC sponsors prepare their students for the February 2018 Academic WorldQuest competition, the World Affairs Council will be hosting a 2 hour training on Saturday, December 9 from 9-11 AM. During the workshop, educators will learn about how the competition is be facilitated, study strategies, preparation materials, and more! The training is complimentary to any sponsor affiliated with an active JWAC. 2 hours of PD credit will be provided to educators who attend. Registration will be posted to the GYL calendar soon.

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Location: University of Texas Arlington - University Center - 300 W. 1st Street, Arlington, TX 76010
Fees: $25 per team; each JWAC is limited to 3 teams of 4 students
Contact: Email Director of Education, Amy Miller for more information at
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