Xathlon offers practice tests for Academic Decathlon that are more than just practice tests. Each test set that we release gives students the opportunity to compete globally (with students from China to California, Arizona to Maine) both individually and as a team.
Starting with the 2018-2019 competition year, the tests that we offer fall into two categories:
These 6 tests are meant to simulate official competition tests as closely as possible. Each test features a mix of question types and difficulty characteristic of the official rounds closest to the test set’s release date. Xathlon Competition Tests are the perfect way to learn what to study and what to expect when it’s time for competition. They also provide six opportunities between the official rounds to compete against schools across the nation! The testing window for each test set is approximately 1.5 weeks, including 2 weekends for each.
(NEW!) Benchmark Tests
These 3 tests are meant to serve as benchmarks for the 7 objective subjects at various points throughout the year, measuring the relative performance of teams and individuals under similar conditions. The Benchmark Tests help to identify areas of improvement and to predict relative performance in the official competition rounds, while also exposing students to a wide array of question types. The tests come in 3 difficult levels: Easy, Medium, and Hard. The testing window for each test set is approximately one month long.
Our MiniQuizzes are pretty much what they sound like–short, 5-10 question quizzes that cover a few pages of the Resource Guides at a time. Instead of focusing on small, unimportant details, these quizzes feature questions that cover important details, highlight pieces of the big picture, and train students for what the official tests will look like on their first readthrough of the material.
They are available for all 6 non-math objective subjects, and they’re only $50 if you purchase before October 1, 2018!
Here’s a quick overview of how our products work:
- Using the order form, coaches sign up for individual tests or packages.
- Coaches then submit payment either (1) at the same time as they submit the filled-out PDF order form or (2) after receiving an invoice after completing the ONLINE version of the order form.
- On the first day (dates are listed on the order form) of each Competition, coaches will receive all 7 objective tests (Art, Economics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Science, and Social Science) as well as answer keys via email.
- Once students have taken all 7 objective tests within the given Date window, coaches can score their students’ tests and fill out our Competition Scores Excel document (which they will receive via email) and submit students’ scores to firstname.lastname@example.org. All participating schools/students will be featured on the Xathlon Global Leaderboard for each Competition. This gives schools/students an opportunity to see how their scores compare globally and to compete on a more regular basis throughout the year.
Our goal is to provide students with not only more opportunities to compete and gauge their progress throughout the year, but also the opportunity to leverage the Internet to build relationships and compete with students across the world. We strongly believe in the Academic Decathlon and the pursuit of knowledge across a broad array of subjects and hope to use our products to grow a community of lifelong learners!