Local Competition


2017-2018 Academic Decathlon Season

Local Competition

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Local Competition is held at each team’s school site, with seven online Tests of Knowledge in:



  •  Art
  •  Economics
  •  Literature
  •  Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social Science

Flashing Red Bullet NOTE:   

WIAD will no longer combine the science and social science tests into one 50-question test for the 2017 Local Competition; rather, there will be seven separate subject area tests.


The overarching theme for the 2017-2018 season is Africa.

Curriculum Info 2017-2018 preliminary information on this year’s theme.

This year’s long work of literature:  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. 

The full curriculum can be viewed at www.usad.org

Flashing Red Bullet 2017-2018 Registration Form w-Policy  

2017-2018 Alternate Team Registration Form w-Policy

New schools to the program may be eligible for a USAD® Supply Grant. 

The grant provides the majority of study materials needed to start in the program.

Click here to request more information.

Interested high schools may enter 9-member team(s) for the November Competition. 

Schools may register more than one team, but only one team can advance to the next level.  

Each 9-member team consists of:

  • Three “A” Honor Students  (3.75 – 4.00 GPA)
  • Three “B” Scholastic Students  (3.00 – 3.74 GPA)
  • Three “C” Varsity Students  (0.00 – 2.99 GPA)

Team registration continues from Mid-May through October 13, 2017. 

Team test sites will be assigned October 23, 2017.

Registration Information is mailed to all schools before the end of May.

Interested high schools must officially register and pay the entry fee per team for the Local Competition.

Flashing Red Bullet  School Size Divisions for 2017-2018 Season

All teams are assigned to a size division based on high school enrollment.

Upon completion of the Team Registration Process in October, registered teams will be separated into four size divisions — resulting in a more equal distribution of schools in each of the four divisions.  Teams will be notified of their division assignment by mid-October.




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

There will be a wide window of testing opportunity for your individual team on this day.  

Here is a tentative schedule for how the day might go:


























  Social Science








The Art test will not include images.

The Science and Social Science tests will no longer be combined into one 50-question test for Local Competition (25 questions from each subject). There will be two SEPARATE tests for Science and Social Science, beginning with the 2017-18 Local Competition.


USAD® Calculator Policy  

Graphing Calculators Allowed — provided it has none of the features listed in

Section III of the USAD® Calculator Policy. 

Competitors are expected to honor the that they are not to refer to information stored in the graphing calculator memory during the mathematics test.

USAD Calculator Policy

“Short” List of USAD® Approved Calculators:

  • Casio:  FX – 115MS Plus,  FX – 260,  FX – 250 HC,  FX – 300
  • Hewlett Packard:  HP 6S, HP 9S, HP 20S, HP 30S, HP 32S

           HP 32SII, HP 33S

  • Sharp:  EL 501 VB,  EL 506 VB,  EL 531 VB,  EL 531 VBBL, EL 531 W
  • Texas Instruments:  TI 10, TI 15 Explorer, TI 30 XA, TI 30 X II B, TI 30 X II S,

           TI 34 II,  TI 36X

“Short” list of USAD® Approved Graphing Calculators:

TX Instruments Hewlett-Packard Casio Sharp
TI-73 HP9g Fx-6000 series EL-5200
TI-81 HP 28 series Fx-6200 series EL-9200
TI-82 HP 38 series Fx-6300 series EL-9600
TI-83 Plus HP39g Fx-6500 series EL-9900
TI-84 Plus HP48g Fx-7000 series  
TI-85 HP50g Fx-7300 series  
TI-86   Fx-7400 series  
TI-Nspire   Fx-7500 series  
TI-Nspire CX   Fx-7700 series  
    Fx-8000 series  
    Fx-8500 series  
    Fx-8700 series  
    Fx-8800 series  
    Fx-9700 series  
    Fx-9750 series  
    FX 9850G  
    FX 9860G  


Prohibited Calculators:

Calculators with any of the following features are NOT allowed in USAD® competitions:

  • pocket organizers
  • hand-held or laptop computers
  • electronic writing pads or pen-inut devices
  • models with an alphabetic (QWERTY) keypad; e.g. TI-92 or HP-95
  • models with paper tape
  • models that make noise
  • models that can engage in wireless communication  (transfer data or information with other calculators
  • models that require a power cord
  • models with CAS (computer algebra systems); e.g. TI-89, TI-Nspire CAS, TI-Nspire CX CAS


COACHES:   Be sure to check the Coaches’ Corner for news and weekly updates.  

This is a secured site for coaches’ use only.

Coaches will receive the password via e-mail once their team is registered.  

Note:  Password is changed after each competition event.

All scoring reports for the three levels of competitions will be posted on the

Coaches’ Corner, as well as information specific to the coaches.


Every effort has been made by WIAD (Wisconsin Academic Decathlon) to ensure

the accuracy of the information provided on this web site. 

Please report any errors, omissions or comments to jbailey@cesa7.org

WIAD is not responsible for information that is misinterpreted or altered in any way.

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