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 Qualifying Exam which students take at school or home, under the supervision of a Sponsor.

Stage 2: The top students from the Online Qualifying Exam compete in one of the thirty-nine buzzer competitions across the United States called the Regional Finals.

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


Registration Fee: $150.  This allows every student in the school to participate in the optional Intramural Bee and up to 10 students to take the Online Qualifying Exam and advance to the Regional Finals.

Registration Deadline– December 18, 2015

Registrations should be completed by a Sponsor who will proctor Stage 1 and serve as a contact for Stages 2 and 3.  A Sponsor can be a teacher, parent, or any other adult.

(Stage 1 – optional) Intramural Bee: October 19, 2015 – January 22, 2016
(Stage 1) Online Qualifying Exam: January 4 – January 22, 2016
(Stage 2) Regional Finals: February – April
(Stage 3) National Finals: June 9-12, 2016 (Chicago, IL)

Register Online here or on via the paper form found here!