Note: The 2018-2019 US History Bee National Qualifying Exams will be available to be taken with a teacher or homeschool instructor proctoring beginning on November 1, 2018. Please do not request exams or send payment for them until then.

Students who are unable to reach a National History Bee and Bowl regional or state-level tournament for the Varsity/JV Divisions (i.e. the sites where the US History Bee National Qualifying Exam is always offered) are welcome to take any or all versions of the US History Bee with a teacher or homeschool instructor proctoring the exam.

In that case, please send a check for $20 payable per exam per student to “National History Bee and Bowl” to the following address:

PO Box 875
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Together with a check, please enclose a sheet of paper with the following:

-The name(s) of the student(s) who wish to take the National Qualifying Exam
-The version of the Exam they wish to take. Please note that the Set C exam is available from November 1 onwards, the Set B exam is available from January 1 onwards, and the Set A exam is available from February 1 onwards. All Exams must be completed by April 14 unless USHB has granted specific permission otherwise.
-The current grade in school for each student to determine their age division. If a student does not have a set grade (i.e. for some homeschoolers, this may be the case, then please note their birthdate)
-The name of their school and its location (town and state). If homeschooled, note the homeschool association (if any), along with the town and state
-The name and email of the teacher, administrator, or homeschool instructor who has agreed to proctor and grade the exam.

Once we receive the check and the paper listing this information, we will contact the proctor with the Exam and answer key, and then they can give the Exam. If a student finishes in the top half of all finishers nationwide in their age division (up through late February) on the version of the Exam they take, then they will qualify for the National Championships. Students only need to qualify by finishing above the National Median Score for their age division on any one of the three versions of the Exam. A lower score on any one version will not disqualify a student if they have a qualifying score on a separate version. Students who qualify in this way will be contacted by early March to be apprised of their qualification for Nationals.

For students taking the US History Bee National Qualifying Exam with a proctor, there is no other method of qualifying that is analogous to finishing in the top half among all students in an age division who take the Exam at a NHBB tournament site. For this reason, it may be easier to qualify for the US History Bee National Championships at an NHBB tournament site, as that offers the chance to qualify both based on finishing above the National Median, as well as the chance to qualify based on finishing in the top half of students taking the Exam at that site.

For further questions, please contact USHB at