General FAQs

Do students have to be affiliated with a school in order to participate in the National Science Bee?

Students do not have to be affiliated with a school in order to participate in any of our competitions. All students are welcome to participate. We encourage students who attend a school to let their school know they are competing and to participate with other students and teachers from their school, but it is not required. Students do not [...]

2019-08-21T02:10:47-04:00September 1st, 2018|

What is the qualification process for the National Science Bee?

Varsity & Junior Varsity Divisions In the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions, students qualify for the National Championships through the National Qualifying Exam. The National Qualifying Exam can be taken either at any National History Bee and Bowl Varsity / JV Regional or State Tournament site, or with a teacher / homeschool administrator / community volunteer acting as the [...]

2019-10-19T12:08:23-04:00September 1st, 2018|

What divisions are available in the National Science Bee?

As of the 2020-2021 academic year, the National Science Bee is divided into the following age divisions: Varsity - 11th and 12th Graders Junior Varsity - 10th Graders and Younger These two age divisions function similarly; i.e. they have only two stages: the National Qualifying Exam and the National Championships. Note that the JV Division is also open to [...]

2020-09-27T17:58:59-04:00September 1st, 2018|

May students participate in grade divisions other than their own?

No. Students must participate in their formally recognized grade, or in the absence of a formally recognized grade, their assigned grade based on their birth date as detailed on this Info for Homeschoolers page. In some rare cases, there may be an insufficient number of students participating in a division, necessitating having them participate in a combined division. However, their [...]

2020-09-27T18:14:39-04:00September 1st, 2018|

Are the questions the same in all divisions?

For the 2020 National Championships, some of the questions used will overlap across all divisions. For the 2020-21 season, if the National Championships are held online again, there will be some overlap for the questions. If the National Championships are held in person, then there won't be any overlap between the questions used for the Varsity and JV divisions [...]

2020-09-27T18:25:36-04:00September 1st, 2018|

Is there an age limit?

For the 2020-21 school year: For the Varsity Division, students must be enrolled as a secondary school student in the 202o-2021 academic year (or taking homeschool coursework that is equivalent to this) and have not yet graduated high school by October 1, 2020. Only 11th and 12th grade students can compete in the Varsity Division. Only students in 10th [...]

2020-09-27T18:30:52-04:00September 1st, 2018|

Does my student need any prior experience prior to competing?

No prior experience is required, and we encourage all students to give it a try! We recommend that you do take a look at our rules here and review the past questions available on our Practice Resources page to make sure your student understands the format and the type of questions they will be asked so they are as prepared [...]

2019-09-16T01:17:59-04:00September 1st, 2018|
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