Third European Statistics Competition

The 3rd European Statistics Competition: team up and take part!

The 3rd European Statistics Competition (ESC) is on! Secondary school pupils from 17 countries will compete in the statistical literacy contest: firstly at national level and then at European level. If you like working with data, take part in the ESC with your classmates and compete for the awards!

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Sign up and participate!

This year the opening of the European Statistics Competition (ESC) occurs on the European Statistics Day. Until 14 January 2020, secondary school pupils and their teachers have time to form teams of up to three pupils and then sign up for the competition with their tutor.

You can register you team at

What is new in the 3rd European Statistics Competition?
  • By upgrading your knowledge while enjoying teamwork with your classmates, you will be running for bronze, silver or gold recognition for your results.
  • For the first time at the ESC, a public vote will take place, allowing everyone except competitors and the jury to vote for the research assignment they favoured the most in each category, thus contributing to the selection of two out of four teams to qualify for the ESC Finals. Yet, not only the teams will be awarded for the win, but also someone drawn among all the voters will also receive an award for having taken part in voting. The other two teams participating in the ESC Finals will be decided by a jury of experts.
What else do you need to know about the European Statistics Competition?
  • All secondary school pupils can take part in the ESC, participation is free of charge. Participants can solve the tasks at school, at home, in the library – anywhere, on a computer with Internet access.
  • Participants compete firstly at the school level, and if they qualify for the national competition level, they can also run to take part in the ESC Finals.
  • On their way to the finals, participants have to excel in solving various statistical problems, searching for data and in preparing statistical analyses. Along the competition, participants learn about many interesting data on Slovenia and the European countries, and have a chance to use various software tools for data processing and data visualization.
  • The tasks on statistics are adapted to the knowledge of the participants and therefore the competition is organized in two groups: in category A, where secondary school pupils of the last two grades of secondary education compete, and in category B, where secondary school pupils of the first two grades compete.
To find out more about the competition and tasks, read the rules, look through the examples and see if you can find the answers to your questions:

Rules for the national phase (only in Slovene)
Rules for the European phase (only in Slovene)
Examples of assignments (only in Slovene)
FAQ (only in Slovene)

Competition timeline 
National phase:

Registration period: 21. 10. 2019–14. 1. 2020.
School level 
- Competition: 15. 1.–28. 1. 2020.
- Announcement of results: 30. 1. 2020. 
National level 
- Competition: 31. 1.–1. 3. 2020. 
- Announcement of results: 27. 3. 2020. 
European phase:
Registration period: 27. 3.–4. 5. 2020. 
European finals:
- Competition: 27. 3.–5. 5. 2020.
- Announcement of results: 20. 5. 2020.

What about the awards?
  • The main award at national level is an electronic device (worth around EUR 250), which is awarded to each of the members of the winning team (pupils and tutors) both in category A and in category B. Teams ranking second and third will be awarded as well. All teams will receive the awards at the award ceremony at SURS's headquarters. 
  • Members of the winning team in both categories in the public choice award category will each receive an electronic device (worth around EUR 150). The same prize will be awarded also to one of the participants of public voting who will be drawn by lots. 
  • All competitors with positive score results on the school level will receive a promotional T-shirt. 
  • The award for the first place in category A and in category B at the ESC Finals will be awarded a gift card (worth EUR 400). The award ceremony will take place in Budapest at the Q2020 Conference in June 2020.  
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