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The Big Challenge CONTEST is a major English language contest for primary and middle school students that allows them to make progress in the language while having fun. A great motivational tool, the contest is taken by more than 600,000 students each year in Europe.

Why participate ?



A great motivational tool

The Big Challenge CONTEST is a real event in the school and an opportunity for students to show what they can do.

Ready to work harder to come in first and win prestigious prizes, they push themselves and make huge progress in English!


Choice of two formats

The contest is available online or in flexible format. 

You can enter your students in either format or split the entries between the online and flexible formats.

Thousands of prizes to be won. Everyone has a chance!

Cups, medals, tablets, headphones, pop-it, calendars, trips, game books, pencils, diplomas…

At the Big Challenge, everyone wins!

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A very simple organization

Our entire team is dedicated to making the Big Challenge experience the best it can be for students and teachers alike. We are here to simplify the organization throughout the year. 

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Can I choose to take the test on paper or online ?

Yes, you can choose to take the test either on paper or online.

The test papers, audio files, and answer sheets can be accessed through your teacher account and printed for students to take the test on paper.
Alternatively, you can take the test online using a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection. The link to the online test and the access code for your school can also be found in your teacher account.

It is up to you to decide which format is best for you and your students.


Do I have to declare which format I choose?

No, it is not necessary to tell us which format you choose for the test.
Everything will be made available in your teacher account to allow you to take the test in either online or paper format.
You are free to have some of your students take one format and others the other.

Is it necessary to set a special date within the competition period and how can I let you know?

To give as much flexibility as possible, we have opened the competition for several weeks so that you can decide for yourself when to hold the competition.

Especially if the classes should be divided into smaller groups, you can plan as many rounds as you like. Our recommendation here is that you at least let the students from one level participate together or one after the other.

Within the contest period, you can determine the time frame completely independently. You do NOT have to inform us about it and it does not have to be activated separately anywhere.

What should students do if they don’t know the answer to a question?

If students can eliminate one or two answers, and are hesitating about the remaining two answers, it would be better to make an educated guess. If they have really no idea which of the four answers is correct, then it’s better not to answer at all. If students apply this method, it will give them an advantage in the end.

Students who answer randomly will have a final score close to zero. With one chance out of four of choosing the correct answer (and thus earning 5 points) and the risk of losing a quarter of the question’s value (1.25 points) with an incorrect answer, statistically they will end up with zero. On the contrary, a student who isn’t sure of the correct answer, but thinks carefully and is able to eliminate two answers out of the four, will have a distinct advantage.

Taking the time to think carefully before making a choice is clearly the best way to succeed. Of course, that is what we hope to teach our students in general: to think carefully before giving an answer!

You can find all the information about the grading process in our contest rules 'The Day of the contest' > 'Scores'.

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