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 2022-2023 competition season, there are two stages to the US History Bee: Regionals and Nationals. The Regionals stage consists of the National Qualifying Exam, either at our in person Regional competition sites or online, where students may elect to have a teacher or homeschool instructor proctor the exam for them.
To take the exam online, click here. 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 December 1, B Set medians are calculated on January 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.

The 2023 National Championships of the US History Bee for both Divisions will take place 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.

Middle/Elementary School students can compete in the US History Bee at MS Nationals by qualifying in the National History Bee at Regional Finals, and they are also welcome to compete in the Junior Varsity Division of the USHB if they wish. PLEASE NOTE that if a middle/elementary school student qualifies for the US History Bee in the Junior Varsity Division, that does not mean that they are automatically qualified for the US History Bee at the Middle/Elementary Championships. Middle/Elementary students must still qualify on the Online Regional Qualifying Exam and subsequent Regional Finals.

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!

For additional resources, and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

If you have any questions or comments about the U.S. History Bee, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email (

Good Luck!