As of the 2022-2023 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 students in 8th grade and younger, but PLEASE NOTE if an 8th grader or younger student qualifies for JV Nationals through the JV National Qualifying Exam, they are NOT automatically qualified for their respective age division in the Middle and Elementary School Divisions. To qualify for Middle/Elementary Nationals, they must qualify through the ORQE and Regional Finals(see below).
There are also four separate Middle School and Elementary School divisions:
8th Grade Division
7th Grade Division
6th Grade Division
5th Grade Division
Elementary School Division (All students in 4th grade and younger)
These four age divisions function similarly; i.e. they have three official stages: the Online Regional Qualifying Exam, the Regional Finals, and the National Championships.
For students who do not have a formally recognized grade, their division will be determined by their birth date. These dates are detailed on the Info for Homeschoolers page.