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The national semi-finals will take place on May 13.

Format for the semis will not change – online testing using the Online Assessment Center. Teams will be able to take their semi-finals at any time on this day, but all members of the team must take them simultaneously.

May 14 is a makeup date for teams that can’t compete on the 13th.

Semi-final scores will serve two purposes:

They will identify which teams from each division will continue to the National Finals

And, they will carry over to the National Finals, replacing the written testing that usually takes place at the National level.

We will announce the teams that will progress to the Critical Thinking round by 6:00 pm ET on May 15.

Critical Thinking Round:

The # of teams to advance to the CTR is TBD.

It will still be on May 17, likely start mid-morning.

This round will run as usual – but on zoom. Teams will get their question and have time to prepare before they present to a set of judges. At this point we are operating under the assumption that teams will not be able to be together in one place to prepare and will have the necessary technology for them to work together remotely.

We are also doubling the amount of prep time they will have, to 60 minutes, to account for the challenge of being remote.

We are planning to record teams’ presentations this year, so they will be available for teams to view afterward. 

The virtual Quiz Bowl finals will be on Monday, May 18.

Quiz Bowl finalists will be determined by the aggregate scores of teams’ semi-finals testing and the critical thinking round.

There are still a lot of moving parts regarding the Quiz Bowl and so I can’t give you a specific time at this point. We are still determining whether there will be just a 1st/2nd place competition or also a 3rd/4th place round.

The format for the quiz bowl will change. Think Final Jeopardy!

Instead of a first-to-the-buzzer competition, teams will be read a question and both teams will have 20 seconds to discuss and write down their answer. Once the 20 seconds is up, they will reveal their answers and judges will determine whether they are correct.

There will be 24 questions, the team that answers the most questions correctly will win. If there’s a tie after 24 questions don’t worry, we’ve got some tiebreakers.


January 2, 2020: Teacher registration opens

January 2-March 11, 2020: Online Qualifier Window Open

March 11, 2020: State Finalist Teachers Notified

March 23, 2020: State Finals at Walsh College

April 15 or 20, 2020: Regional Finals for State Champions

May 16-18, 2020: National Finals in New York City

Teams of three or four high school students compete in a series of challenging tests to demonstrate their economic understanding and reasoning skills. The Challenge matches your team’s understanding of economics with teams from other schools.

Every Michigan school district will have the opportunity to hold a preliminary first round of the Challenge online. The top teams from across Michigan will be invited to participate in a three-round State Finals competition.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3
International & Current Events

The two teams with the highest scores after round three will then compete for the state title in a fast-paced “Quiz Bowl” round. The fun does not stop there! The winner of the state title will compete in an online Regional competition with a chance to qualify for the National Finals in New York!


State Finals in March, 2020 will pit the top teams in the state against one another. The State Finals will be from 9:00am-1:00pm at Walsh College in Novi. Lunch will be provided.

Navigating the National Economics Challenge

Join us to learn the ins and outs of participating in the online portion of the economics challenge. Topics: how to register, how to create your student teams, and how to obtain your individual and team scores, how to move on to the national semi-finals and national finals. Presented by Jennifer Davidson, President, Nebraska Council of Economic Education.

Preparing Your Students for the National Economics Challenge

How to Successfully Compete in the Economics Challenge. A Coach of five National Economics Challenge Championship Teams, Dick Rankin, will deliver his tips on how to prepare for the Economics Challenge Competition and how teachers' economic courses are enhanced by participation in the Economics Challenge. Presented by Dick Rankin, Iolani School


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