General Information for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

The National History Bee’s Middle & Elementary School Division will comprise three stages during the 2022-2023 academic year. The first stage is offered free of charge; registration fees on a per student basis are charged for students who attend the Regional Finals and National Championships.

Students in 8th grade and younger are also permitted to compete in the National History Bee Junior Varsity Division – click here for further information on how the JV Division works for younger students.

Middle School & Elementary School National History Bee Stages for 2022-2023

  1. Online Regional Qualifying ExamDue to current public health concerns and school re-openings/closures, IAC has extended the deadlines for the 2023 History and Science ORQEs until 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, February 7, 2023. The deadline for the 2023 Geography ORQE remains 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, February 28, 2023. This exam may be administered at the student’s school under supervision or at home under supervision for students engaging in remote learning due to Covid-19, homeschooled students, and others as needed. There is no cost for students to take the Online Regional Qualifying Exam. All students are encouraged to participate. Scores on the Online Regional Qualifying Exam will be utilized to determine which students have qualified for the Regional Finals. Scores will not be made public.
  2. Regional Finals – The 2023 National History Bee Regional Finals will take place in person from February through May and will cost $45 per student. Their exact dates will be posted on the page here as soon as they are finalized. The top half students in each division at the Regional Finals will qualify for the National Championships, and the top quarter will qualify for the International History Olympiad. Practice resources for the Regional Finals can be found here.
  3. National Championships – The National Championships of the National History Bee will be held June 2023 in conjunction with the IAC Middle and Elementary School National Championships. It will cost $145 for each student to participate in the National History Bee at the National Championships. The top half students at the National Championships will qualify for the next International History Olympiad, which will be held in summer 2023.