The Carlos and MalĂș Alvarez

2021 Academic WorldQuest Competition

March 13, 2021

Academic WorldQuest is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students.

It tests players' knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.

Great experience to mention on a college application!

The top 3 teams are invited to represent San Diego in the national competition on April 17, 2021. 


2020-2021 AWQ Topics

  • Global Protests
  • Shifting Sands: The Arab Spring 10 Years On
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • The U.S. Foreign Service in the 21st Century
  • Great Decisions (Topics):
  1. Climate Change and the Global Order
  2. India and Pakistan
  3. Red Sea Security
  4. Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
  5. U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle
  6. China’s Road into Latin America
  7. The Philippines and the U.S.
  8. Artificial Intelligence and Data
  • Country in Focus: Uzbekistan
  • Exploring Peace in a World of Conflict
  • Fraying Alliances
  • Looking to a Post-Pandemic Economy
  • Current Events

 Teacher's Corner...

Common Core Standards - Academic WorldQuest contributes to the national Common Core State Standards Initiative by fostering reading comprehension skills for informational text. Topics are compatible with, and enhance, the study of many existing curriculums and AP courses. 

For more information, please visit this year's official

AWQ Teacher's Guide

Or download from SDWAC: HERE

How To Participate

Step 1.

Create and register...

Your 4-person* team, and on-campus academic advisor, at our AWQ Registration Page

The cost is $60 per team

(waivable per need--check further below for contact).

Registration deadline is March 1, 2021.

*We request that you register a total of 5 team members (4 participants + 1 substitute), to allow for replacements in the event that one of the original 4 cannot attend.

Step 2.


The free, Official Study Guide from the WACA site. Alternatively, you may also find it on our site here:

AWQ 2020-2021 Study Guide

All the San Diego competition questions will be drawn from the Official Study Guide--10 questions on 10 topics, for a grand total of 100 questions.

Step 3.

Attend and Compete...

In the San Diego AWQ competition online, on Saturday  March 13, 2021 from 9:00am 12:00pm PST

Participants in the San Diego Academic WorldQuest competition receive a free,1-year  'student membership' in the San Diego World Affairs Council – a $25 value.

For more info about the San Diego AWQ Competition, contact:

San Diego AWQ coordinator, David Edick Jr.

edick@sdwac.org or (619) 438-4696

Congratulations to the 2019 Winner:

Canyon Crest Academy!



Mailing Address

San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC)

PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163



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