For the 2022-2023 academic year, the Regional level of the US History Bee consists of solely of the National Qualifying Exams, taken either in person or online.


The National Qualifying Exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions, which students have 20 minutes to complete. For each question, there are four possible answers with two points scored for a correct answer, 0 points for an answer left blank, and -1 point scored for an incorrect answer. The Exams are the same for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions.
All exams will be administered either in person at Regional Competitions or online. Pre-registration for in person exams is $10 per exam plus a processing fee, and $10 on site. For online exams(see below), registration fees can be paid either by credit card for $15 plus a processing fee, or by check for $15, while in person fees can be paid by cash or check.

Students who score above the official National Median Score in their Division for their version of the NQE, or in the top half of students on site, will qualify for the National Championships on that basis.
Different National Median Scores are calculated for Varsity and Junior Varsity students for each version of the National Qualifying Exam. C Set median scores are calculated on December 1, B Set median scores are calculated on January 1, and A Set median scores are calculated on March 1.
It is only necessary to qualify once for Nationals. If a student finishes below the Nationals qualifying threshold on an NQE, that would not “unqualify” them from Nationals if they’ve already qualified through a different exam version.
Students who are taking the NQE online can only qualify through the method of finishing above the National Median Score. All students who qualify in this way will be contacted by early April.



The distribution of questions on a chronological basis for the NQE will be roughly as follows:
15% – US History until 1783 (including the history of lands that would eventually become part of the USA before they did)
10% – US History from 1784-1815
15% – US History from 1816-1865
15% – US History from 1866-1918
15% – US History from 1919-1945
15% – US History from 1946-1992
15% – US History from 1993-Present

The distribution of questions on a thematic basis for both the NQE will be roughly as follows:

10% – Military History
25 % – Social and Cultural History
35 % – Political History
10 % – Economic History
5% – Historiography
5% – Sports & Entertainment History
10% – Any / Other / Multiple Disciplines Combined

Distribution of questions for the US History Bee National Championships can be found here.