Regionals for the Middle School and Elementary School Divisions
The Regional stage for the Middle School and Elementary Divisions of the US Geography Championships consists of the National Qualifying Exam, for which there are 5 different versions this year. Students only need to qualify for Nationals on any one version. Note that all exam versions also qualify students for the International Geography Bee National Championships as well. The NQE is a 50 question multiple choice exam. Students receive 2 points for a correct answer, zero points for an answer left blank, and -1 point for an incorrect answer. Students have 20 minutes to take the Exam. To qualify for the 2020 USGC National Championships, students must score at these levels:
On any D, E, F, G, or H Set Version of the National Qualifying Exam, students qualify for Nationals if they obtain any of these scores:
8th Grade: 50
7th Grade: 45
6th Grade: 40
5th Grade and Younger: 35
Students may also qualify for the 2020 USGC Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships by qualifying for the USGC Junior Varsity Division’s National Championships on the A, B, or C Set version of the National Qualifying Exam. These are offered at all National History Bee and Bowl Varsity and Junior Varsity Regional and State tournament sites. Students must finish in the top half of JV students at their site, or otherwise finish above the A, B, or C Set Junior Varsity National Median Scores.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, the 5 separate versions of the Middle School & Elementary School National Qualifying Exam are offered as follows:
D Set Exam: Offered at US Academic Bee and Bowl tournaments – also available to be taken with a proctor
E Set Exam: Offered to competing students at the National History Bee Regional Finals who have not yet qualified for USGC / IGB Nationals. It is also available to be taken with a proctor.
F Set Exam: Offered to competing students at the National Science Bee Regional Finals and National History Bee Regional Finals students who are competing in the second of two History Bee tournaments being held at a site on the same day. As with the E Set exam, this exam is only offered to these students if they have not qualified for Nationals and it also is available to be taken with a proctor.
G Set Exam: Offered to school & homeschool sponsors of National History Bee & National Science Bee – not available to be otherwise taken with a proctor. This version of the Exam only is completed online.
H Set Exam: Offered at National History Bowl tournaments with a Middle School Division – also available to be taken with a proctor
The D and H Set Exams cost $10 when taken in person at the tournament sites.
The E, F, and G Exams are offered free of charge at the tournament sites or when taken with a sponsor supervising, in the case of the G Set Exam.
If you are planning on take the D Set Exam at a USABB tournament site, please register here (and consider competing in the Academic Bee too, though this isn’t required) and arrive in advance of the time listed for the geography exam (you can find these by clicking on the dot on the map at www.usacademicbowl.com for the tournament you are looking to attend).
Students competing in the National History Bee and National Science Bee need to qualify for their Regional Finals by taking the Online Regional Qualifying Exam in advance. When students’ sponsors (for information on how to become a sponsor for your child or students and register, click here to do this for the National History Bee and click here to do this for the National Science Bee) receive the links for the History and Science Bee Online Regional Qualifying Exam, they will also be given a link for the G Set Version of the US Geography Championships / International Geography Bee National Qualifying Exam.
If you are planning on take the H Set Exam at a National History Bowl Middle School tournament site, please register here. Note that any of these tournaments occurring in early 2020 (but not those occurring in the last few months of 2019) will also feature an International Geography Bee Regional Quiz Tournament which may be of interest as well.
Please arrive in advance of the time listed for the geography exam (you can find these by clicking on the dot on the map at www.historybowl.com for the tournament you are looking to attend).
With a Teacher or Homeschool Proctor – If you are unable to make it to a site or wish to have a second chance at qualifying, a teacher at your school or an instructor who advises homeschoolers can separately administer the National Qualifying Exam for you. The D, E, F, and H Exam Versions may be taken this way. In this case, the National Qualifying Exam costs $20, and here are the steps you need to follow:
A. Send a check for $20 per Exam version per student made out to “International Academic Competitions” to the following address:
IAC c/o Enrico Contolini
14073 W. Amherst Court
Lakewood, CO 80228
B. Along with the check, include a piece of paper with the student’s name and school (or indicate they are homeschooled), their birthdate and grade (to determine their division), a contact email for the student or their parent(s), and the name and email of the proctor. If you have multiple students who wish to take the Exam, please supply this information for each student.
Please also indicate which Exam Version(s) is/are requested – note that A, B, and C are Varsity and JV Division Exams and are open to all students, but are harder than the Middle School and Elementary Division Exams which are only open to students in those divisions (and thus cannot qualify students for the Varsity or JV National Championships). The G Set Exam is not available to be requested this way as it is done entirely online, but you can request the D, E, F, or H Set Exam.
Once we receive the check, we will forward the proctor the requested Exam Version(s) and the answer key(s).
C. The proctor will then report the score for each Exam Version to us, and if the score is high enough, then they will qualify for Nationals.
D. If the student does not qualify on the Exam Version they took, then they can take the other Versions they haven’t yet taken. The process would work the same way.
JV/Varsity Transfer Option – Students are also welcome to take any or all of the 3 versions of the National Qualifying Exam at the JV or Varsity level. This can be done either at any Varsity/JV Regional or State level tournament of the National History Bee and Bowl – a list of which is maintained here; click on the tournament page to see the version of the exam on offer which corresponds to the Set being used at the tournament (either A, B, or C). This option costs $10. Or you can take any Exam version with a teacher or homeschool instructor proctoring it for you (as described above) for $20 per student per Exam.
If your score is above the national median in the JV division for the version of the Exam you take, or – if you do the Exam at a tournament – if it is above the median score in the JV division at that tournament, then you qualify for BOTH JV and Elementary/Middle School Nationals. Because of this option, elementary and middle school students effectively have 5 chances to qualify for the Elementary and Middle School USGC National Championships – you only need to qualify on any one version of the Exam (there are 2 Elementary/Middle School versions and 3 JV versions).
Sample Questions & Answer Keys – Click here to find sample questions and answers for the Middle School & Elementary Divisions