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Students can qualify for the 2018 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 regional tournament outside the USA in either the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school year will be eligible to participate in the 2018 International History Olympiad. You can find the closest tournament by visiting www.ihbbasia.com, www.ihbbeurope.com, www.ihbbcanada.com, or www.ihbbanz.com (for Australia and New Zealand) 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 Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School (any age division) or Elementary National Championships in either the 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 school year will be eligible to participate in the Olympiad.
Students who are on a team that wins a state or regional National History Bowl tournament, or are (updated August 2017) in the top quarter of students in any age division at any state or regional National History Bee tournament in either the preliminaries or final standings are also eligible.* You can find the closest tournament and tournament results by visiting www.historybowl.com or www.historybee.com. If you are a student in the USA and are uncertain as to whether you qualify, please email director@historybowl.com.
* = For the 2016-2017 competition season, regional statistics of National History Bee tournaments in the Middle School and Elementary Divisions may not be available. For tournaments where full statistics were not kept, then all students who competed in the final match will be eligible to attend the Olympiad, but not the top quarter, unless that can be proved.

3. Qualifying from areas over 200km from a NHBB or IHBB tournament site through a Qualifying Exam.
Students who attended a school over 200km from the nearest NHBB or IHBB regional (or state) tournament site at which they could have competed, 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 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 and/or interview 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, 2018, but we strongly recommend taking the exam as soon as possible.
To register for the qualifying exam, click here. Students attending school outside the USA in countries where there was an IHBB tournament in either 2016-2017 or 2017-2018, or who attended school within 200km of the nearest tournament site, 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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