Exams at Middle & Elementary School Nationals

International Academic Competitions is pleased to announce a new addition to its annual Middle School and Elementary School National Championships – the IAC Nationals Exams. Nine different exams will be offered on various fields of history and science as explained below. Each exam (aside from the National Earth Science 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 40 minutes for each exam. Ties will be broken through 3 tiebreaker questions with numerical answers. Each exam costs $20 and students will be ranked against other students in their age division (i.e. 8th grade, 7th grade, 6th grade, and Elementary School). To register for the exams at the National Championships, please use the Middle School and Elementary School National Championships Registration Form. No prior qualification is needed to take any of the exams. Prizes will include medals, trophies, and book prizes for the top students. Please note the following important guidelines:

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Students competing in the National History Bee can only register for any 2 of the 6 History exams when they register for Nationals. Once they have been assigned to a block (either Block A, B, or C), they can then register for the other one or two exams that do not conflict with their block. Students will be assigned to a block approximately 2 weeks in advance of the National Championships. They can then register for the other two exams up until 1 week before Nationals.

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Students competing in the National History Bee who are also signed up for the National Earth Science Exam are obligated to compete in the National History Bee Finals if they make it that far. Their National Earth Science Exam registration fees will be refunded in this case.

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Students competing in the National Science Bee who also wish to compete in the National Ecology & Environmental Science Exam are advised that a limited number of places are available for students to compete in both of these competitions and that IAC reserves the right to cut off registrations in the National Ecology & Environmental Science Exam if needed at any point (in particular, if it is clear that more than 2/3 of the students competing in the National Science Bee also wish to compete in the National Ecology & Environmental Science Exam).

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Students competing in the National Biology Exam who are on History Bowl teams that make the History Bowl playoffs are advised that in this instance, they are not permitted to leave their teams to compete in the National Biology Exam. They will, however, have their registration fees for the National Biology Exam refunded.

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National Military History Exam

Fri. June 12 – 11:10-11:50am
Players in National History Bee Block A cannot take this exam.
All students must arrive between 10:45 and 11:00.
This exam will cover all facets of military history from ancient civilizations to the present-day. In addition to battles and wars, questions will also cover military technology, strategy and tactics, and how military outcomes shaped the contours of history. US military history will be covered by approximately 30% of the questions. A distribution guide will be provided once the exam has been written to guide students with their preparation.

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National Asian History Exam

Fri. June 12 – 12:40-1:20pm
Players in National History Bee Block B cannot take this exam.
All students must arrive between 12:15 and 12:30.
This exam will cover the full sweep of Asian history from the dawn of history in the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia to the present-day. A distribution will be provided once the exam has been written to help guide students in their preparation. Approximately 25% of the exam will cover the history of China and approximately 25% of the exam will cover the history of India. Central Asia, Southeast Asia (including Indonesia), and the Middle East (including the Arabian Peninsula) will be treated as well.

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National Historical Geography Exam

Fri. June 12 – 2:10-2:50pm
Players in National History Bee Block C cannot take this exam.
All students must arrive between 1:45 and 2:00. 

This exam will cover the impact of geography on historical events, and examine questions of population movements, shifts in national and imperial borders, the spread of languages and religions, exploration and trade patterns, military campaigns, and more. A distribution will be provided once the exam has been written to guide students in their studying. Students can also view the questions on this page from the International History Olympiad as an additional study resource. Students taking part in the US Geography Championships and the International Geography Bee on Friday are also encouraged to attend.

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National African-American History Exam

Sat. June 13 – 11:10-11:50am
Students in National History Bee Block A cannot take this exam.
All students must arrive between 10:45 and 11:00.

This exam will cover all aspects of African-American history from the colonial period to the present day. Those taking this exam should study famous African-Americans and related historical events from the fields of politics, business, sports and entertainment, science, the Civil Rights Movement, abolitionism, literature, the arts, and more. Once the exam has been written, a distribution will be provided to help guide students in their studying. More information is coming soon!

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National Women’s History Exam

Fri. June 12 – 12:40-1:20pm
Players in National History Bee Block B cannot take this exam.
All students must arrive between 12:15 and 12:30.
This exam will cover the history of women in the context of American history from the colonial period until the present day. Questions will focus on famous women and their contributions to American society, the women’s suffrage and women’s liberation movements, and questions of cultural and economic history. A distribution guide will be provided once the exam has been written to guide students with their preparation.

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National American History Exam

Sat. June 13 – 2:10-2:50pm
Players in National History Bee Block C cannot take this exam.
All students must arrive between 1:45 and 2:00. 

This exam will cover the history of the United States from the colonial period until the present day. All aspects of American history, including social history, military history, political history, cultural history and more will be covered by this exam. A distribution will be provided once the exam has been written to guide students in their studying. Students can also view the questions on this page from Varsity and Junior Varsity level US History Bee as an additional study resource.

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National Earth Science Exam

Fri. June 12 – 2:10-2:50pm
Players in National History Bee Block C cannot take this exam.
All students must arrive between 1:45 and 2:00.
This exam will cover all aspects of earth science at a middle school level. It covers mineralogy, hydrology, geology, meteorology, and oceanography, as well as solar system astronomy. Interactions between the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere and solar system may be included. The exam is roughly 40% geosphere, 25% hydrosphere, 20% atmosphere, and 15% solar system astronomy.

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National Ecology & Environmental Science Exam

Fri. June 12 – 2:10-2:50pm
Players in National History Bee Block C cannot take this exam.
All students must arrive between 1:45 and 2:00.
This exam will cover all aspects of ecology and environmental science at a level accessible for middle school and elementary school students. A distribution will be provided at a later date once the exam has been written. Topics covered will include ecosystems, conservation biology, global warming and climate change, food webs, biogeochemistry, environmental degradation, biogeography, biodiversity, and human ecology.

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National Biology Exam

Fri. June 12 – 2:10-2:50pm
Players in National History Bee Block C cannot take this exam.
All students must arrive between 1:45 and 2:00.
This exam will cover all aspects of a standard middle school-level biology curriculum. A distribution will be provided at a later date once the exam has been written. Topics covered will include molecular and cellular biology, ecology, anatomy, taxonomy, evolution, genetics, zoology, botany, bacteria and viruses, and more.