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Students can qualify for the International History Olympiad in one of 3 ways:

1. Qualifying through International History Bee and Bowl tournaments – Outside the USA
Students who finish in the top half in the Bee or the Bowl at any qualifying tournament outside the USA in either the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 school year will be eligible to participate in the 2016 Olympiad. You can find the closest tournament by visiting our global homepage, www.ihbbglobal.com and following the links to events in your area.

2. Qualifying through the National History Bee and Bowl – Inside the USA
Students and teams in the USA who finish in the top half in the Bee or the Bowl at the high school, middle school or elementary National Championships in either the 2014-15 or 2015-16 school year will be eligible to participate in the Olympiad. Students who win a state or regional National History Bee or are on a winning team at a state or regional History Bowl competition in either 2014-15 or 2015-16 are also eligible. You can find the closest tournament by visiting http://www.ihbbglobal.com/locations/usa/. Hawaiian students can also qualify through having qualified for the National Championships in either 2015 or 2016 in either the History Bee or the History Bowl as well.

3. Qualifying from outside the USA or from Hawaii, or from areas in the US over 200km from a NHBB tournament site through a Qualifying Exam.
Students from outside the US or from Hawaii (and first year University students who went to a US high school which was located over 200 km from the nearest NHBB high school tournament in 2014-15) who are interested in attending the Olympiad also have the option of taking a multiple choice exam, which must be administered by a teacher at their school. Students who finish in the top half of students from their country or US state for their age group, among students taking the exam, by April 15 or obtain a high enough outright score (i.e. at least 50 for the Varsity, 40 for the JV, and 30 for the middle school) on the qualifying exam typically qualify for the Olympiad, though IHBB reserves the right to require an additional qualifying exam via Skype depending on the score. There are two versions of the exam, so there are several chances to qualify this way; students may take both. The exam may be taken until June 15, 2016. To register for the qualying exam, click here. Students attending school outside the USA in countries where there was an IHBB tournament in either 2014-15 or 2015-16 may apply for a wild card bid to take the exam if there were extenuating circumstances as to why they could not attend the IHBB tournament(s). Students interested in this option should contact nolwenn@historybowl.com for further instructions.

Please contact nolwenn@historybowl.com if you have questions regarding eligibility for the exam.

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