2015-16 Academic WorldQuest

awq2014logoAcademic WorldQuest is a flagship program of the national network of World Affairs Councils, located in more than 90 communities across the country. It is a team competition testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs, current events, geography, world history, countries, global organizations, the economy, culture, and more. Approximately 4,000 students gather across the country to participate in regional competitions hosted by over 40 local World Affairs Councils. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local Council at the national competition, held in the spring each year at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, D.C.


In the competition, four-person teams compete by answering multiple-choice questions divided into ten unique and engaging thematic categories. The team with the highest number of correct answers wins first place, and the winning team in the Richmond World Affairs Council’s regional competition receives a sponsorship to compete in the national competition.



This year, the National Academic WorldQuest competition will take place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The Richmond World Affairs Council’s Academic WorldQuest Competition will take place on Monday, February 29, 2016.


If you have a team who would like to compete this year, fill out the Team Sign-Up Form online by December 31, 2015. Please include your four team members as well as one alternate in the event of sickness or emergency.


Afterwards, we will contact each coach with more details about preparing for the competition.


Download the AWQ 2015-2016 Study Guide.


Good luck!


2015-2016 Categories:

Asia Matters for America


International Trade and Finance

Sultanate of Oman

Privacy in the Digital Age

The Arctic

Food Security

Organization of the American States

Great Decisions

Current Events

WAC Globe

It’s Your World. Know It.