Below are a number of Frequently Asked Questions on the US History Bee which may be of interest to students, teachers, and parents. If you have further questions, please have a look elsewhere on the website, or contact director@historybowl.com

How does someone prepare for the United States History Bee?

Much of the preparation for the US History Bee has already been done – in your US History classroom. To succeed at the US History Bee, you will need a comprehensive knowledge of US history from the colonial period to the present-day. The US History Bee questions reflect material that one would learn about in any rigorous American history high school course, so any US History textbook or review books would be great preparation for this activity. We also recommend our Resources page, found here.

Can someone take the National Qualifying Exam at more than one Regional event?

For the 2017-2018 competition season, students may take the National Qualifying Exam up to 3 times, as long as they take a different version of the Exam (i.e. Set A, Set B, Set C). The different version of the Exam being offered corresponds to the Set being used at the National History Bee and Bowl High School Regional and State tournaments where these are offered. Visit www.historybowl.com and click on the dot on the map to see what Set is being used at any given site.

Can homeschoolers participate?

Yes! We actively encourage homeschoolers to participate.

Is there an age limit?

There is an upper age limit: You cannot have turned twenty (20) years of age nor graduated from the 12th grade as of the day of competition. There is no lower age limit. The Junior Varsity Division is for students in 10th grade and younger; it is not permitted for younger students to play in the Varsity Division and vice versa.

How much does it cost?

At the Regional level, the National Qualifying Exam costs $10 at an official site, or $20 if administered by a teacher or homeschool instructor – click here to register if you are interested in this option.

The registration fee for the 2018 US History Bee National Championships is $110.

I can’t find a dot on my area; does this mean I can’t compete?

There are no geographic restrictions on where an individual can compete; in other words, you do not have to compete at a site in your state, nor do you need to compete at the site closest to where you live. Sites are added throughout the year. If you would prefer to take the National Qualifying Exam at your school or with a homeschool instructor, please contact director@historybowl.com If you are willing and able to host a site at your school, please contact us at the same email address.

Can I qualify for the International History Olympiad through participation in the US History Bee?

Only students who make the playoffs at the USHB National Championships qualify for the International History Olympiad through participation in the US History Bee. If students compete in the separate National History Bee or the National History Bowl, held on the same weekend at the National Championships, they only need to finish in the top 50% of either the National History Bee or the National History Bowl, so those may be easier ways to qualify for many students. See www.historyolympiad.com for more information.