Regionals for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions

The Regional stage for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions of the US Geography Championships consists of the National Qualifying Exam. 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.

All qualifying exams for the US Geography Championships and the International Geography Bee are being held online until further notice. Please contact to arrange an exam.

Students may take the Varsity / JV National Qualifying Exam up to three times, as there are three different versions. The three separate versions of the Varsity and JV National Qualifying Exam offered at “A Set”, “B Set”, and “C Set” tournaments respectively are not meant to vary in length or difficulty, but in practice, the A Set version plays harder, as it is based off the AP Human Geography curriculum. Students looking to take the A Set exam should practice as if for the AP Human Geography Multiple Choice questions.

For 2020-2021, students need to finish in the top 60% of each version of each exam in their age group to qualify for Nationals. These minimum qualifying scores will be determined on March 1 for C Set, April 1 for B Set, and May 1 for A Set.

Please note that only primary or secondary school students born between June 30, 2002 and June 30, 2005 are eligible to take the 2020-2021 Varsity Division National Qualifying Exam, but all primary or secondary students born on July 1, 2005 or later are eligible to take the Junior Varsity Division National Qualifying Exam. If younger students qualify in the Junior Varsity Division, but would also be eligible to compete in the Elementary or Middle School Division, then they can attend both the Junior Varsity National Championships and either the Middle School or Elementary Division National Championships, depending on their grade or age.