For the 2019-2020 academic year, there are 5 separate versions of the Middle School & Elementary School National Qualifying Exam. These 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 – also available to be taken with a proctor
F Set Exam: Offered to competing students at the National Science Bee Regional Finals – also 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. But all of these require initially registering for the National History Bee or National Science Bee Middle School & Elementary School Divisions. The initial registration for these is free of charge as well, but the sign up period for these ends on January 21, 2020. The link to register for the History Bee is here and the link to register for the Science Bee is here.
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).
If you are planning on take the H Set Exam at a NHBB 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).
Please note! If you wish to take the National Qualifying Exam at your school or with a homeschool instructor proctoring it, do NOT fill out the form on the USABB or NHB websites, but instead follow the following instructions (note that this option costs $20 per Exam Version):
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. 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. D, E, F, and H (G cannot be requested) are Middle School and Elementary Division Exams and are only open to students in those divisions (and thus cannot qualify students for the Varsity or JV National Championships).
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 for the age division the student is in, 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 Exam Versions they are eligible to take that they haven’t yet taken. The process would work the same way.
Please note that only primary or secondary school students born between June 30, 2000 and June 30, 2004 are eligible to take the 2019-2020 Varsity Division National Qualifying Exam, but all primary or secondary students born on July 1, 2004 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 Middle School or Elementary 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.