The US History Bee is an academic competition for primary and secondary school students across America which focuses on American history. The US History Bee aims to recognize and reward students for their hard work in the classroom in an entertaining and educational quiz competition.

For the 2020-2021 competition season, there are two stages to the US History Bee: Regionals and Nationals. The Regionals stage consists of the National Qualifying Exam, where student may elect to have a teacher or homeschool instructor proctor the exam for them, and League play.
For the exam, Click here if you are interested in this option. The National Qualifying Exam has three different versions (Set A, Set B, and Set C). Students qualify for either the Varsity or Junior Varsity (10th graders and younger play Junior Varsity) National Championships finishing above the National Median Scores for any version of the NQE that they take.
Different National Median Scores are calculated for Varsity and Junior Varsity students for each version of the National Qualifying Exam. C Set medians are calculated on January 1, B Set medians are calculated on February 1, and A Set medians are calculated on March 1.
Students only need to qualify once on any version of the NQE. If they have already qualified, and then take another NQE for practice and do not qualify based on the new score, they still qualify off the basis of their original score – in other words, you cannot “unqualify” yourself once you have already qualified.

For League play, US History Bee Leagues will be held online this academic year during 3 five-week periods. Our Fall League, which will feature our C Set of questions, will take place in October and November. The Winter Leauge, using our B set, will happen in January and February, and our Spring League on A set will be in February and March. In each League, the top 60% of the field will qualify for Nationals.

The 2020 National Championships of the US History Bee for both Divisions will take place online as a part of the International Academic Competitions Varsity and Junior Varsity US National Championships. The National Championships of the US History Bee is entirely a buzzer-based quiz tournament – there is no exam component at Nationals.

While there is no separate division for the 2020-2021 competition season for middle school-aged students, they are welcome to compete in the Junior Varsity Division of the USHB if they wish.

Beyond the value of just having fun, it is also important to us that our activity reflects what students experience in the classroom. Consequently, we work closely with the National Council for the Social Studies on content and subject matter initiatives and also align our questions with the concepts of the Common Core State Standards. We want the students who excel in their US History classes to excel at theĀ US History Bee!

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If you have any questions or comments about the U.S. History Bee, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email ( or phone (201-661-3524). Email is almost always the quickest way to reach us.

For a list of answers to some Frequently Asked Questions, click here. Good Luck!