The Global Academic Challenge is a unique opportunity to stretch high-achieving students to apply their knowledge and skills beyond the curriculum.
Benefits for the whole school
A unique academic challenge
The Global Academic Challenge is the only academic competition for Australian students based on internationally-endorsed frameworks and designed by a globally-renowned education research centre.
The Challenge will provide valuable insights into your students’ performance and reliable international and national comparisons that will help you see how your students’ results compare to their peers around the world and across Australia.
Offers students the chance to take the same questions as their international peers and to see how their performance compares.
Designed by experts
Brought to you by experts in Australian education and the creators of PAT, used in half of all Australian schools.
Based on decades of international and local assessment and research, delivering results you can trust.
Awards and recognition
The Global Academic Challenge is a valuable opportunity to recognise what your students can achieve and to celebrate their academic success within your school community.
Each student who achieves the top result in each learning area will receive a personalised medallion, as well as their certificate.
Respected educational centre
ACER is globally renowned for its research, rigour and evidence-based approach, giving certificates real-world meaning.
Schools are encouraged to present certificates and awards at assemblies and in school newsletters.
Share with ACER
ACER is keen to celebrate your successes with you! With your permission, ACER will publish outstanding results and profiles of your schools’ achievement.
See how your students perform on the world stage
Challenge your students beyond the curriculum
Linked to international frameworks, the Global Academic Challenge assesses achievement beyond the expectations of a curriculum-linked assessment, allowing students to demonstrate higher levels of skill.
The questions encourage students to actively engage with real-life contexts to solve problems, apply knowledge and employ a range of strategies.
The Global Academic Challenge is available for years 4, 6 and 8 across three different learning areas, Mathematics, Reading and Science.
21 March 2022
The Mathematics challenge measures the ability of students to reason mathematically and use mathematical concepts, procedures, facts and tools in describing, predicting and explaining phenomena.
22 March 2022
The Reading challenge measures each students’ ability to construct, extend and reflect on the meaning of what they have read across a wide range of texts.
23 March 2022
The Science challenge assesses the ability of students to use their scientific knowledge to identify and solve problems, offer explanations of observations, and draw conclusions supported by evidence.