The International Academic Competitions Portfolio

IAC is a network of over a dozen separate academic competitions. IAC’s staff administers and oversees competitions in over 25 countries, and is deeply committed to the growth and development of academic teams both in the USA and abroad. All US Regional Tournaments can be found under Find a Competition on the menu bar above.

Elementary and Middle School Competitions

The National History Bee

The National History Bee is a buzzer-based history quiz competition for individual students. Qualification begins with the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, which students must pass to be invited. With your invitation in hand, you can register for the Regional Finals in your area! We offer up to 3 opportunities to attend Regional Finals on different question sets – your ORQE qualification allows you to attend all 3 if you like! Students who perform well will be invited to join us at our National Championships each year in June.

The National Science Bee

The National Science Bee is a buzzer-based history quiz competition for individual students. Qualification begins with the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, which students must pass to be invited. With your invitation in hand, you can register for the Regional Finals in your area! We offer up to 3 opportunities to attend Regional Finals on different question sets – your ORQE qualification allows you to attend all 3 if you like! Students who perform well will be invited to join us at our National Championships each year in June.

The International Geography Bee

The International Geography Bee is a buzzer-based history quiz competition for individual students. Qualification begins with the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, which students must pass to be invited. With your invitation in hand, you can register for the Regional Finals in your area! We offer up to 3 opportunities to attend Regional Finals on different question sets – your ORQE qualification allows you to attend all 3 if you like! Students who perform well will be invited to join us at our National Championships each year in June.

The International Academic Competitions Elementary & Middle School National Championships

Each year in June we host the National Championships- this year’s competition will be in June 2023 in Washington DC and Arlington VA. The National Championships is a convention of all of our competitions at the Elementary and Middle School levels, including the National History Bee, the National Science Bee, the International Geography Bee and more! More than 1000 competitors come each year to the ultimate championship event. Will you be one of them?

High School Competitions

The National History Bowl

  • Eligibility: High School Varsity and Junior Varsity students, as well as Middle School students
  • Competitors: Teams of up to 6 (with 4 playing at a time)
  • Competition Style: Buzzer Based

The National History Bowl is a buzzer-based team history quiz competition with approximately 100 regional and state tournaments at the Varsity & JV levels. Teams consist of up to 6 students, up to 4 of whom play together at any given time. Solo-student teams are also encouraged to compete and often do. Each regional or state tournament runs on either the A, B, or C Set of questions, so teams can compete up to three times. All of these tournaments have both Bee and Bowl components; students may compete in both as they run at separate times. At all regional and state tournaments students can qualify for the annual National Championships. Note for Middle School students: Middle School Nationals teams can also be built around a student who is qualified for Nationals in the National History Bee.

The National History Bee

  • Eligibility: High School Varsity and Junior Varsity students
  • Competitors: Individual Students
  • Competition Style: Buzzer Based

The National History Bee is a buzzer-based history quiz competition for individual students, with approximately 100 regional and state tournaments at the Varsity & Junior Varsity levels. All of these tournaments have both Bee and Bowl components; students may compete in both as they run at separate times. Students who perform well will qualify for the National Championships.

The United States History Bee

  • Eligibility: High School Varsity and Junior Varsity students
  • Competitors: Individual Students
  • Competition Style: Multiple Choice Exam (Regionals), Buzzer Based (Nationals)

At all National History Bee and Bowl competitions, individual students can elect to take the National Qualifying Exam. Students who score highly on these exams will qualify for the National Championships. The US History Bee is a quiz competition for individual students that focuses on US History and is a separate competition from the National History Bee which is an all History subject competition.

The United States Geography Championship

  • Eligibility: High School Varsity and Junior Varsity students
  • Competitors: Individual Students
  • Competition Style: Multiple Choice Exam (Regionals), Comprehensive Exam (Nationals)

At all National History Bee and Bowl competitions individual students can elect to take the National Qualifying Exam. Students who score highly on these exams will qualify for the National Championships. The US Geography Championship is a competition that will test your knowledge in world geography. High performance on the USGC National Qualifying Exam will qualify students for both the USGC competition and the International Geography Bee competition at Nationals.

The International Geography Bee

  • Eligibility: High School Varsity and Junior Varsity students
  • Competitors: Individual Students
  • Competition Style: Multiple Choice Exam (Regionals), Buzzer Based (Nationals)

At all National History Bee and Bowl competitions, individual students can elect to take the National Qualifying Exam. Students who score highly on these exams will qualify for the National Championships. The International Geography Bee is a geography quiz competition for individual students, which is a separate competition from the US Geography Championships (which is a written exam). The Geography National Qualifying Exam will qualify students for both the USGC competition and the International Geography Bee competition.

The National Science Bee

  • Eligibility: High School Varsity and Junior Varsity students
  • Competitors: Individual Students
  • Competition Style: Multiple Choice Exam (Regionals), Buzzer Competition (Nationals)

At all National History Bee and Bowl competitions, individual students can elect to take the National Qualifying Exam. Students who score highly on these exams will qualify for the National Championships. The National Science Bee is a competition that will test your knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics, and other science concepts.  High performance on the NSB National Qualifying Exam will qualify students for the National Science Bee competition at the National Championships.

The National Political Science Bee

  • Eligibility: High School Varsity and Junior Varsity students
  • Competitors: Individual Students
  • Competition Style: Multiple Choice Exam (Regionals), Buzzer Competition (Nationals)

At all National History Bee and Bowl competitions, individual students can elect to take the National Qualifying Exam. Students who score highly on these exams will qualify for the National Championships. The National Political Science Bee is a competition that will test your knowledge in political science, civics, and government. High performance on the NPSB National Qualifying Exam will qualify students for the National Political Science Bee competition at the National Championships.

The International Academic Competitions Varsity and Junior Varsity National Championships

Each year in April we host the National Championships- this year’s competition will be on April 28, 2023 in Washington DC and Arlington VA. The National Championships is a convention of all of our competitions at the High School level, including the National History Bee, the National History Bowl, and more! More than 200 teams and 1000 competitors come each year to the ultimate championship event. Will you be one of them?