Exams at Varsity & JV Nationals

International Academic Competitions is pleased to announce a new addition to its annual Varsity and JV National Championships – the IAC Nationals Exams. Eleven different exams will be offered on various fields of history and science as explained below. 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. Each exam costs $15 and students will be ranked against other students in their age division. No prior qualification is needed to take any of the exams. Prizes will include medals and plaques for the top students.

A complete schedule of exams (listed at the bottom) and all other events at the 2020 IAC National Championships can be found here.

Physics Exam

National Physics Exam

Mon. Nov 30 – 7:45pm EST
This exam will cover all aspects of a standard high school physics curriculum with particular emphasis placed on topics that are also covered in the AP Physics Exams. Topics covered will include optics, thermodynamics, mechanics, electromagnetism, nuclear physics, and more.

Ecology & Environmental Science Exam

National Ecology & Environmental Science Exam

Tues. Dec. 1 – 7:00pm EST
This exam will cover all aspects of ecology and environmental science with particular emphasis placed on topics that are also covered on the AP Environmental Science Exam. 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, and human ecology.

Biology Exam

National Biology Exam

Wed. Dec. 2 – 7:00pm EST
This exam will cover all aspects of a standard high school biology curriculum with particular emphasis placed on topics that are also covered in the AP Exam.  Topics covered will include molecular and cellular biology, ecology, anatomy, taxonomy, evolution, genetics, and more.

Chemistry Exam

National Chemistry Exam

Tues. Dec. 1 – 7:45pm EST
This exam will cover all aspects of a standard high school chemistry curriculum with particular emphasis placed on topics that are also covered in the AP Exam. Topics covered will include stoichiometry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, bonding, the periodic table, and more.

Black History Exam

National Black History Exam

Mon. Dec. 14 – 7:00pm EST
This exam will cover all aspects of Black 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.

Historical Geography Exam

National Historical Geography Exam

Mon. Dec. 7 – 7:00pm EST
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. This Exam is neither part of the US Geography Championships nor the International Geography Bee and is open to everyone; unlike those events it does not require prior qualification.

Military History Exam

National Military History Exam

Wed. Dec. 16 7:00pm EST 
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.

Women's History Exam

National Women’s History Exam

Tues. Dec. 15 – 7:00pm EST
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.

Asian History Exam

National Asian History Exam

Mon. Dec. 14 7:45pm EST 
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. 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.

Latin American History Exam

National Latin American History Exam

Tues. Dec. 15 7:45pm EST
This exam will cover the history of Latin America, including all Caribbean islands, the Bahamas, and Bermuda, from the pre-colonial period to the present day. A portion of this exam (approximately 20%) will also cover the experience of Latinos and Latinas in the history of the USA.

Earth Science Exam

National Earth Science Exam

Mon. Nov. 30 – 7:00pm EST
This exam will cover all aspects of earth science. 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.