Extended Contest Period:
1 March - 30 April 2021
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1 - 30 April 2021
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Thanks to The Big Challenge+ your students will improve their English throughout the year.

The health crisis caught everyone by surprise last March. As we are still reeling from its consequences, the current school year may be affected: differentiated timetables or remote classrooms may be introduced at some point. However it is important to avoid any new major disruption in your students’ learning process. In order to make sure that your students remain engaged, we created The Big Challenge+.
The Big Challenge+ combines the English Every Day app and The Big Challenge contest into a programme that will allow you to support your students from the start of the school year until the end, whatever happens.



Practice English on a daily basis

From the start of the year, your students have access to English Every Day. Level tests, mock contests available in class or at home, daily discovery of a new word, games to progress throughout the year: our new app is designed to enable students to maintain daily contact with English, at all times.

Discover English Every Day

Available now

In class or at home.

Level tests

To find out the level of your students.

Daily access

To maintain regular contact with English.

Lots of fun games

To make progress throughout the year.


Motivate your students with a national event

The Big Challenge+ grants access to the end-of-year online contest. Not only is it a great motivational tool, but the competition is also an opportunity for students to measure their level against a national benchmark.

Find out more about the online contest

Contest Timeline



Information kits sent out


Registration before this date, if possible


Registration deadline

Mar-Apr =>

The Contest. 1/03 - 30/04


Corrections available


Results available


Results and prizes sent out



Join the movement

Every year in Europe, more than 20,000 English teachers are involved in The Big Challenge and more than 600,000 schoolchildren improve their English day after day and take part in the end-of-year competition.



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, the Game Zone, 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, the Game Zone, 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

When is the competition taking place?

The next Big Challenge will take place in schools across the Benelux region between 1 March and 30 April 2021.


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


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