Before the Competition
A sponsor can be any adult who is responsible for the Registration. Most sponsors will be teachers, though parents, administrators, counselors, media specialists, etc. may also serve as sponsors.
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.
We accept money orders, personal checks, school checks or purchase orders. If you prefer to pay via credit card, please contact us.
Yes. We welcome and encourage both homeschool associations and individual homeschooled children to participate in the National History Bee! For more information, please contact us.
Yes. As long as a student still meets all of the eligibility requirements, he or she is welcome to participate again.
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 page. 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.
Looking for a more thorough resource? Check out the History Essentials book from Hexco Academics. It provides a good summary of 5,000 years of history.
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 ten students for participation in the National History Bee. Ultimately it is up to the school-level sponsor to decide how best to select those ten 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.
Online 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 browsers. To test your browser, please take one of the practice exams found HERE.
You can take one of our practice online exams. If the practice exam works on your computer, the official exam will also.
Yes. Click here.
The National History Bee uses buzzers from Anderson Enterprises.
During the week of January 25, 2016, Sponsors will receive an email outlining their student(s)' scores and whether or not they have qualified for the Regional Finals.
While we welcome sponsors and other family, friends and well-wishers to attend the Regional Finals to support the students, there is no requirement for sponsors to attend.
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 in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare from June 9-12, 2016. More information can be found here.
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