PRACTICE TESTS

See if you have what it takes to compete in the National Economics ChallengeSM by completing our sample tests.

Rounds I-III

Sample tests are similar to what will be used in Rounds I-III of the National Semi-Finals and Finals competitions. Each test consists of 15 multiple-choice questions, and participants in the actual competition will have 20 minutes to complete each test. For a more detailed explanation of how the competition works and is scored, visit our participation info page.

David Ricardo Division Practice Tests
  • The David Ricardo division includes teams of students currently or previously enrolled in one general economics course (or less), or courses which include introductory economic concepts (social studies, business, personal finance, etc.). The course must be taught by a secondary teacher. Students who have never taken an economics course are eligible to compete. Students may only participate in the David Ricardo division one time.

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  • Get StartedMicroeconomics, Macroeconomics, and International and Current Events Tests

Adam Smith Division Practice Test
  • The Adam Smith Division includes teams of students currently or previously enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP Micro, AP Macro, or AP Micro and Macro), International Baccalaureate (pre-IB and IB), honors, two courses, or any other advanced courses in economics (including courses taught by a secondary teacher where students earn college credit). The course must be taught by a secondary teacher. Students may participate in the Adam Smith Division multiple times.

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  • Get StartedMicroeconomics, Macroeconomics, and International and Current Events Tests

Rounds IV

Round IV of the National Finals is the Critical Thinking round. Teams have 30 minutes to prepare an economic analysis and a maximum of 10 minutes to present. Following the presentation, judges ask questions of the team members for 5-10 minutes. The following are examples of Critical Thinking round questions.

Critical Thinking Practice Tests
  • DOWNLOADDavid Ricardo Critical Thinking Round Question

  • DOWNLOADAdam Smith Critical Thinking Round Question

  • DOWNLOAD2013 Critical Thinking Round, Instructions for Student Teams

Rounds V

Round V in the National Finals has a quiz-bowl format covering all topics in economics. Watch last year's Quiz-Bowl

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