During the US National Championships (for both Varsity & Junior Varsity and Elementary & Middle School divisions), International Academic Competitions organizes National Championship Exams across numerous academic disciplines. The exams will be offered on various fields of history, science, and political science as explained below. Ambitious Elementary and Middle School students are also welcome to compete in the Junior Varsity Division of the exams which are offered at JV Nationals in April (though the questions will be written at a challenging high school level of difficulty).
Each exam will consist of 75 multiple choice questions with each correct answer worth 2 points, an incorrect response worth -1 point, and an answer left blank worth 0 points. The time limit will be 30 minutes for each exam. Ties will be broken through 3 tiebreaker questions with numerical answers. Students will be ranked against other students in their age division, and the top three students in each division will earn medals. No prior qualification is needed to take any of the exams.
A complete schedule of exams and all other events at the IAC National Championships can be found on the relevant page of the Nationals website here. Exams and answer keys from past years can be found under each exam’s description.
For the 2022-23 season, the following exams are being offered at each division’s US National Championships: