A brief note about our philosophy.  We want the National History Bee to be an activity that rewards students for reading and learning about history rather than simply memorizing facts.  Because of this, we do not provide a complete summation of all the material that we will ask about.  Rather, we point students in the right direction and encourage them to read about the topics that interest them.  The exploration of history is an incredible journey, and we want student the experience the journey!


We have provided a number of different resources in order to point students in the right direction.  We hope you find these resources helpful as you prepare for the National History Bee!

The Official National History Bee Study Guide is an outline of many of the subjects that the National History Bee tests. The Study Guide is just that, a guide to various important historical people, places, and things that any National History Bee participant can use as an aid in their study of history. The Study Guide can be found here:

US History
World History

If you are looking for a more extensive study guide, Hexco Academic has prepared a thorough outline of history that would be helpful in preparing for the National History Bee.  More information is available HERE.

We have compiled a list of free educational websites for participants to prepare for the National History Bee which can be found here.

We also have Intramural Bee sample questions for the Written Test and the Oral Competition. We have also prepared short practice quizzes that will be very similar in format to the Online Qualifying Exam to get a feel for that format.

A printable copy of the 2012-2013 Online Qualifying Exam is now available here. This is the exam used by students all over the country to determine which students would qualify for the Regional Finals.

We also have a few sample questions from the Regional Finals to give participants an idea of how those questions are structured. Those sample questions can be found here.

Finally, we encourage you to follow @NatlHistoryBee on Twitter.  We regularly post cool links and interesting information for explorers of history.  Don’t have Twitter?  You can receive our tweets for free as a text message on your phone by texting “Follow NatlHistoryBee” to 40404 (standard text messaging rates apply).

Have more resources you’d like to share? Have any questions? Please feel free to contact us.