Registration Information

Registration for the 2018 Academic Challenge year is open!

Eligibility to Compete

All public and private schools offering courses for 9th-12th grades or any grade within this range are eligible to compete. In addition, children who are homeschooled are eligible to compete as individuals in the division of their local public school, or as members of a local school team if this is agreeable to the school.

Divisions of Competition

There are four divisions of competition (based on enrollment from IHSA: ):

Division 300 – Enrollment equal to or less than 300
Division 700 – Enrollment from 301 through 700
Division 1500 – Enrollment from 701 through 1500
Division Unlimited – Enrollment greater than 1500


Varsity Team – $20 per student or $280 for a team of 14.                                                                          State
At-Large Competitors – $20 per student
Junior Varsity – $6 per student

Follow this link to make payment online – link available soon.

Test Windows and Finals

Regional Competition Window: February 1 – February 16, 2018

Sectional Competition Window: March 1-16, 2018

Illinois State Finals Competition: April 16-19, 2018
(State Finals are tentatively scheduled at the I-Hotel and Conference Center)

Monday, April 16 – Division 1500
Tuesday, April 17 – Division Unlimited
Wednesday, April 18 – Division 300
Thursday, April 19 – Division 700

**’Friday, April 13 will be an alternate test date for emergency conflicts only.  Please note your spring break dates.  This will be an abbreviated day with no awards ceremony. If you are not able to make your designated division date, please contact the WYSE office at

Missouri State Finals:  TBD

How to Register

Registration for the 2018 Academic Challenge year is now open.

We have created a document that details how coaches can navigate the new software. It can be found here

Access online registration to start your Academic Challenge account.

Payment deadline is January 15, 2018.  Follow this link for online payment. link available soon

When to Register

1. Schools/At-Large Competitors will need to register for Regionals. Registration is NOT required for Sectionals or State.

The Registration Deadline for the Regional Competition is December 31, 2017.

2.  State Registration is not required this year for Schools/At-Large competitors that have advanced to State. If you are unable to attend State, please notify us immediately at

When to Pay

Payment is required prior to the Regionals competition. No payment will be required for Sectionals or State.

Follow this link for online payment. You can also pay by check made out to “The University of Illinois” and send to:

1308 West Green Street
210 Engineering Hall, MC 272
Urbana, IL  61801

If you are mailing a check, please include the following, so we can easily identify your payment with your school:

Payment must be received by WYSE no later than January 15, 2018. If a school attends a competition without having paid the fee, all results for the school will be invalidated.


Registering for Missouri WYSE Competition:

To register for the WYSE Missouri Competition, please contact the site coordinator directly for where you would like to compete. This information is listed under the Competition Sites and Dates Tab.