• Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3

Classroom Stage (through January 8, 2018)

The National History Bee starts in the classroom. Sponsors can choose from a variety of optional Classroom Stage activities to determine which students will take the Online Exam. Activities include an Intramural Bee and the National History Bowl.

Regional Finals (February – April)

The highest-scoring students on the Online Exam are invited to attend the Regional Finals, an exciting opportunity for students to display their knowledge and qualify for the National Finals!

National Finals

Qualifiers and Champions are invited to compete in the National Finals. The weekend of National Finals contains additional side competitions and activities for the whole family!


Questions are written and edited by history teachers, professors, and other social studies educators from around the United States. Question content is split evenly between United States and non-United States history and is generally relevant to 5th through 8th grade social studies curricula. Students can prepare by reviewing the official Study Guides and utilizing other Classroom Stage activities.

Eligibility / Divisions

  • Participants must NOT have completed the 8th grade by September 1, 2017.
  • Participants must be legal residents of the United States.
  • Participants compete in the following divisions:
National History Bee Divisions
Eighth Grade Division (8th Grade)
Seventh Grade Division (7th Grade)
Elementary Division (4th - 6th Grade)

Registration / Fees

  • The registration deadline is January 8, 2018.
  • Sponsors are the adults responsible for each registration. More info at Sponsor Home.
  • Sponsors can register by submitting the Online Form or Paper Form
  • The Registration Fee for a School Registration is $150* which includes all enrolled students.
  • Sponsors registering individual students for the National History Bee must submit a $10** fee and complete the Individual Participation Form.
  • *So as not to exclude anyone from participation, we encourage schools facing financial hardship to contact ACE about potential accommodations.


  • The participation fee for all homeschool students is waived for the 2018 National History Bee.
  • Homeschool Sponsors must submit a Homeschool Verification Form.

Results / Media

Previous results can be found HERE. Media recognition can be found HERE.