Designed by the globally-renowned educational research centre that created PAT, the Global Academic Challenge is a unique academic competition for Australian students.
Rewarding student achievement
Each student's achievement in the Challenge will be recognised with a hard-copy certificate ready for presentation at school assemblies or ceremonies. Top performers will also receive a personalised medallion.
Valuable objective insights into student performance
Quickly see how your students compare to students across Australia and around the world with reports that offer objective insights, including unique comparative data.
See how your students perform internationally
The Global Academic Challenge provides reliable international benchmarks to help you see how your students’ results compare to students around the world.
We can provide this valuable comparative data because the challenge draws upon ACER’s decades of international assessment experience as well as the widely-respected International Schools’ Assessment (ISA) program, undertaken by 90,000 students each year. This program is based on the frameworks of OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and focuses on assessing complex, higher-order thinking skills.*
* Note that the ISA is not part of PISA and is not endorsed by the OECD.
Relevant for your students and classroom
The Global Academic Challenge is designed for an Australian classroom context, with special emphasis on how to stretch your high-achieving students appropriately. The competition draws upon decades of experience within the Australian Council for Educational Research, creators of the highly-regarded PAT assessments that are used by more than half of Australian schools.
24 Jun 2022
Q&A: Celebrating student success on the Challenge with Nagle College, Bairnsdale
The Global Academic Challenge team were excited to discuss the first year of the competition with Wilma Collier, the Junior School Coordinator at Nagle College, Bairnsdale.
3 Aug 2022
Q&A: Recognising impressive student achievement on the Challenge at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Melbourne
We had the opportunity to discuss the Global Academic Challenge with Sam Haines, the Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator at Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) in Melbourne. Students at PLC performed remarkably well in the competition, with two students awarded medallions for the top result in their learning area.
All Australian schools are eligible to participate in the Global Academic Challenge. Students who wish to participate must be part of a school that is registered for the Challenge.
Registrations for the 2023 Challenge will open May 30.
The Challenge costs $15 per student for each subject.
Preparing for the Challenge is easy - simply upload student details to your ACER online account and assign each learning area. Our helpful team provide guidance throughout and will quickly respond to any queries.
The Challenge is taken online through ACER’s online assessment and reporting platform.
2023 Competition dates
8, 17 & 23 May
9, 15 & 24 May
10, 16 & 25 May
Designed by world leaders in education
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is globally renowned for its work in assessment and educational research.
ACER has been involved in the development and administration of large-scale international surveys such as PISA and TIMSS and brings this vast experience in international assessment to the Global Academic Challenge.
Webinar: Introducing the Global Academic Challenge
Find out more about ACER’s new academic competition by attending one of our introductory webinars.
Download our information flyer
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