Introduction and Overview

students taking tests on computersThe National History Bee is an academic competition for elementary and middle school students that tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics.  The competition is divided into three distinct stages:

Stage 1: An optional Intramural Bee and a mandatory Online Regional Qualifying Exam which students take at their school or home, under the supervision of a Sponsor.

Stage 2: The top students from the ORQE compete against each other in a buzzer competition coordinated by the National History Bee at one of 37 sites across the United States called the Regional Finals.

Stage 3: The top finishers from the 37 Regional Finals are eligible to advance to the National Finals and compete for the title of National History Bee Champion!

There are two ways to register:

School Registration: for any group of people such as a school, family, or homeschool association (Registration Fee – $150)

Individual Registration: for any eligible child who is not otherwise participating under a School Registration (Registration Fee – $75)

Registration Deadline- January 24, 2014

Both School and Individual Registrations should be completed by an adult Sponsor who will proctor Stage 1 and serve as a point of contact for Stages 2 and 3. The registration fees are as follows:


(Stage 1 – optional) Intramural Bee– October 15, 2013 – January 24, 2014
(Stage 1) Online Regional Qualifying Exam – January 6 – January 24, 2014
(Stage 2) Regional Finals – February – April
(Stage 3) National Finals – June 6-8, 2014 (Atlanta, GA)

Register Online here or on Paper here!

We are pleased to announce that registration is already open for the 2013-2014 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!

      A Rochester 11-year-old will be representing Minnesota in the National Geographic Bee in May, and the National History Bee in June. Lucas Eggers, who is home-schooled and the son of Scott and Tiffany Eggers, of Rochester, took first place Friday at the National Geographic Society 2014 Minnesota State Geographic Bee in St. Cloud. Eggers also received a top score Read More…

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