How the Competition Works

It's quite simple, really!


To participate in the EconChallenge ONLINE!:

  1. Go to
  2. Select your state and register as a teacher.

  3. Once you have registered as a teacher, you can create your student teams of 3 to 4 students in one of two divisions.
    1. Adam Smith is for students enrolled in any two semester econ macro and micro course sequence or any course labeled AP, IB, honors, or differentiated. If you previously participated in the David Ricardo Division, you must register for Adam Smith in this year's competition.

    2. David Ricardo is for students enrolled in any one semester, introductory or general, combined macro and micro economics course. Teams are encouraged to compete in the division that would challenge them the most. See official rules at

  4. After creating the teams you will download a unique access codes for each student. Distribute the access codes to your students when they are ready to take the Challenge.

  5. The EconChallenge ONLINE begins on a date determined by each state. To see when competition will occur in your state, please click on the "State Info" menu item to the left. Once competition begins, students can enter the EconChallenge ONLINE website and complete a 30 question rapid fire exam consisting of macro, micro, and international economics questions. Each student will be given 35 minutes to complete their exam. 
  6. Each student will take a different randomly selected exam from a pool of questions in the database.

  7. Scoring: the sum of the top three individual scores on each team make up the team score. Scoring on individual tests are as follows:
    • +10 points for each correct answer
    • 0 points for incorrect

  8. The winners of the EconChallenge ONLINE! will receive notification once the competition has ended.