Congratulations to our 2020 Pinnacle Group Academic WorldQuest winners from Plano West HS: Michelle Ma, Andy Shufer, Adithya Karthik and Renee Li with Coach John Scott

Pinnacle Group Academic WorldQuest

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 (4) study for a chance to compete on the national level in Washington D.C. against other regional winners. Each JWAC may enter up to three (3) teams at $25 each. *Fee waived for the 2020-2021 school year

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 2019- February 2020, and the Great Decisions questions are from the 2019 edition of the Great Decisions publication by the Foreign Policy Association. The entire 2019 publication is fair game for the Great Decisions section of the local competition.


  • Start studying early! Some teams start studying for five 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.

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