Alaska Academic Decathlon students prepare and deliver a four-minute speech along with devising a two-minute impromptu speech based on one of three prompts. Their speeches are scored by a panel of three judges using the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) grading rubric.
Academic Decathlon students participate in a seven-minute professional interview scored by a panel of three judges. Questions and grading rubric are provided by the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) curriculum team.
Both Academic Decathlon (high school) and Pentathlon (middle school) students write a timed essay based on one of three prompts. Volunteer readers read and score the essays using a national rubric created by USAD.
Volunteers are vital to running the State Championship, judging and more.
In addition to the Statewide Championship, Alaska Academic Decathlon and Pentathlon may hold scrimmage events.