About the Global Academic Challenge

 

The Global Academic Challenge is an academic competition for high-achieving Australian students based on internationally-endorsed reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks.

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Introduction to the Challenge

The Challenge assesses achievement beyond the expectations of a curriculum-linked assessment, allowing Australian students to demonstrate higher levels of skill and to be compared internationally to global standards.

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.

The Global Academic Challenge is not intended to be a curriculum-driven assessment, but the competition assesses content from the Australian Curriculum covering a range of topics appropriate for each assessed year level.

 

Mathematics

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.

The Mathematics challenge asks students to actively engage with real-life contexts to solve mathematical problems that involve evaluating, selecting strategies, drawing logical conclusions and developing and recognising how solutions can be applied.

Linked to international frameworks, the Mathematics challenge assesses achievement beyond the expectations of a curriculum-linked assessment, allowing Australian students to demonstrate higher levels of skill and to be compared internationally to global standards.

 

Reading

The Reading challenge measures students’ ability to construct, extend, evaluate and reflect on the meaning of what they have read across a wide range of continuous and non-continuous texts. Students will be assessed on how they successfully acquire and manage written text and information in a variety of contexts.

Linked to international frameworks, the Reading challenge assesses achievement beyond the expectations of a curriculum-linked assessment, allowing Australian students to demonstrate higher levels of skill and to be compared internationally to global standards.

 

Science

The Science challenge assess the ability of students to use their knowledge of and about science to identify and solve problems, offer explanations of observation, and draw conclusions supported by evidence.

The Science challenge asks students to demonstrate their scientific ability in responding to questions within a range of real-world situations; personal, local and global contexts. The assessment goes beyond testing content knowledge and assess a broader view of the scientific knowledge required to engage as citizens in the twenty-first century.

 

 

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