Before the Competition

The School Registration is designed for a group of students such as a school, family, or homeschool association. An Individual Registration is for any individual student who is not participating as part of a group.

A sponsor can be any adult who is responsible for the Registration.  At the school-level, most sponsors will be teachers, though adminstrators, counselors, media specialists, etc. may also serve as sponsors.  For individual registrants, most sponsors will be parents, but any adult can be a sponsor.

Sponsors have three primary responsibilities:
1) Select four students to participate in the National History Bee, either through the provided Intramural Test or by any other method (not applicable to sponsors of individual registrants).
2) Schedule and administer the Online Regional Qualifying Exam (ORQE)
3) Serve as a point of communication between the National History Bee and participating students

Absolutely.  The Individual Registration pathway to participation is designed to allow students to compete in the National History Bee without having to depend on a school to register.

You can pay the registration fee online by credit card or through PayPal using the link on your account screen.  We also accept money orders, personal checks, school checks or purchase orders.

Yes.  Associations of homeschooled children may register to compete using the school pathway to registration.  Alternatively, individual homeschooled students may register to compete through the Individiual Registration pathway.

Yes.  As long as a student still meets all of the eligibility requirements, he or she is welcome to participate again.

We assign regions based on your ZIP code.  When you register you will automatically be assigned to the region that corresponds to which of the Regional Finals sites is closest to you.  Once you are registered, information about your particular region will then be visible on your Sponsor Panel.  To see a list of the 37 regions, click here.

National History Bee questions are roughly split evenly between U.S. History and non-U.S. History.  While we don't have a set "curriculum" of material to study, we recommend starting your preparation by perusing our Resources section.  That should give you a general idea of what sort of material might be asked.  Generally speaking, the more students read about history, the better that they do.

Intramural Bee

The purpose of the Intramural test is to allow a school to select which four students who will represent it in Stage Two of the competition (Online Regional Qualifying Exam).  Because each Individual Registrant automatically competes in Stage Two of the National History Bee, there is no need for these students to participate in the Intramural Bee.  Individual Registrants will still be given a copy of the Intramural Bee, however, which they can use as a study resource.

Yes.  School sponsors are welcome to score the Intramural Bee - Written Test by whatever method is most convenient.

Each of the Intramural Bee activities also includes tiebreaker questions.  The answers to these questions will be a number (In what year was Abraham Lincoln assassinated? (1865) or How old was Victoria when she became Queen of England? (19), for example).  Whichever of the tied students is closest to the correct answer wins the tiebreaker.

Each school registration entitles the school to enter four students for participation in the National History Bee.  Ultimately it is up to the school-level sponsor to decide how best to select those four students.  We recommend selecting those students through the use of the Intramural Bee, but some schools choose grade point average or other criteria to select students.

The Intramural Bee can be downloaded from your Sponsor Menu beginning October 15 and can be administered anytime between then and January 23, 2015.  The Intramural Bee will not be active on your Sponsor Menu until the registration is paid in full.  Remember, the Intramural Bee is not a required step; it is only the suggested method for a school to choose the four students who will participate in the Online Regional Qualifying Exam. Both the Intramural Bee and ORQE must be completed by January 23, 2015.

Online Regional Qualifying Exam

Any computer with a high speed internet connection and a modern browser should work fine with our exam system. We strongly suggest running through one of our practice online exams to test your computer.

Our tests support IE7 + , Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and all other major browser.

You can take one of our practice online exams.

Students are judged solely against other students in their region; so what score is needed to advance in the Boston region might not be the same as what score is needed to advance in the Phoenix region.  The highest scores on the ORQE in each region will advance to the Regional Finals.
For the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, the National History Bee is happy to allow a reader for students with dyslexia or other such disabilities. In order to approve this measure, we must have some form of documentation for the child's disability and/or Accommodations Plan and/or IEP. The student will still need to take the ORQE at the same time as the other students from his/her school, but will need to do so, with his/her reader, in a different room, so as not to compromise the integrity of the competition. We unfortunately cannot allow for additional time on the test due to technical limitations with our online testing system.

Regional Finals

Yes.  Click here.

The National History Bee uses buzzers from Anderson Enterprises.

During the week of January 26, 2015, Sponsors will receive an email outlining their student(s)' scores and whether or not they have qualified for the Regional Finals.

No, Sponsors are not required to attend the Regional Finals with their students, although they are welcome to. A student does need to be accompanied by some adult, which could be a teacher, administrator, parent, or relative.

Nothing other than an accompanying adult (could be a teacher, parent, or other guardian), and their history knowledge.

Yes. All spectators are welcome. Be aware, however, that viewing space in some of the matches may be limited.

We ask that students dress in business casual or nicer for the Regional Finals and National Finals.


The National History Bee's National Finals will be on Memorial Day weekend (May 22-24, 2015) at the Louisville Marriott in Louisville, Kentucky. More details can be found here.

We are pleased to announce that registration is already open for the 2014-2015 National History Bee!

You are just a few clicks away from having your child or student join the intensity and fun of America's greatest history competition REGISTER HERE

Want to see sample questions? Want some suggestions on what to study? Want to see how your students would do in the National History Bee? Check our Resources Page!

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