Register your students if possible before January 30 and no later than February 26.

The 2022 contest will take place from March 7 to April 1. Click here to access our online brochure and poster!

The Big Challenge contest gathers hundreds of thousands of students every year. Take part in this one-of-a-kind school event with your students! 

From the start of the school year

Thanks to the English Every Day app, students can practise all year round. They have access to 4 fun games (Quiz, YesNo, Questions and Verbs), as well as the previous tests to get ready for the Big Challenge day. 


Your students learn while having fun


Of course, they can have a look at past online contests, but learning through play is the best way to make progress!

Students can practise in class or at home. 


Getting ready for The Big Day

Students improve their vocabulary and oral comprehension while playing lots of fun games which cover a wide range of English learning skills, especially created by teachers to allow them to make progress. 

A great motivation tool 

With games this entertaining, practising English will never feel like work. Students will love progressing in the games and competing with their friends in the rankings.



An end-of-year school event


The highlight is The Big Challenge contest which takes place between March and April. The competition is an incredible opportunity for students to measure their level against a national benchmark. All participants are rewarded regardless of their result, and the best are awarded prestigious prizes.  



THE BIG CHALLENGE was first held in France on 18 May 1999 in some schools on the initiative of a group of English teachers. Because of the huge success and the organisational requirements involved, these teachers in France finally formed a team which is exclusively responsible for the organisation and implementation of the competition.

Today, 630,000 students take part in our competition every year throughout Europe. The Big Challenge currently exists in 9 countries: France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy. There are over 16.000 students taking part in the states of Benelux.

As we do not receive any subsidies from third parties, we finance the competition solely through the participation fee.

However, we do receive non-material support from various sides. In 2014 we were awarded the European Language Label by the EU. This award is aimed at outstanding projects in the field of teaching and learning foreign languages.

In addition we are represented on education servers and websites of various ministries.

We also work with different partners from the education sector every year, such as Cambridge English Assessment, Langenscheidt, EF Education First, TOEFL, etc.

Why should we take part in THE BIG CHALLENGE?

The Big Challenge is a great motivation tool. The participating students show considerable progress in English and also additional commitment to prove that they are capable of achieving a good ranking in the competition.

Your students can practice all year with educational games on our free interactive learning platform, English Every Day, and have one thing above all else: FUN!

More than 16,000 students take part every year in the states of Benelux and 630,000 in Europe.

Click on this link to request information material without any obligation.

Who can participate?

THE BIG CHALLENGE is intended for students in secondary schools between the ages of 10 and 17 who are learning English. The participation fee per student is 5.00 €. Please follow this link for more information on how this amount is used.

The competition is NOT only meant for high-performing students. Our goal at The Big Challenge is to motivate all of your students to learn English. Registering only your best students to show off their talents misses the point. Registering everyone, whatever their level, might just create the momentum that will push some of them to make that extra effort and discover that English isn’t that difficult, that they too can improve and succeed. 

Your students can even practice all year with educational games on our free interactive learning platform, English Every Day, that lets all students learn at their own pace.

Students with special needs are invited to take part as well. We are more than happy to work with education specialists to adapt the contest to the special needs of students. In fact, The Big Challenge is often an opportunity for these students to show new facets of their talents. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Unfortunately native and English speaking students can't take part in the competition since the goal of the contest is to motivate students to learn a language that isn't their own. Many students work hard and spend hours practising in order to improve their chances of winning. For more information click here.

Mail: / phone: +32 2 588 23 78 - +31 85 888 3364

When is the competition taking place?

The next Big Challenge will take place in schools across the Benelux region between 7 March and 1 April 2022.


Where do I receive an information kit with a brochure and some posters?

Request your brochure for the upcoming contest using this link and you'll find out everything there is to know about the competition. You'll receive the information kit at the beginning of November. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are in need of more posters to motivate your students in their classrooms.


Phone: +32 2 588 23 78 / +31 85 888 3364



Register your students if possible before  January 30 and not later than February 26