Divisions: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School, Elementary, Family
Competition Type: Individual, 100 Question Multiple Choice Exam, Duration of 40 minutes

In buzzer-based competitions at the International History Olympiad, Western history comprises the majority of the questions. To give more emphasis to the history of East Asia, home to roughly a third of the world’s population, we will be again offering the East Asian History Exam at the 2023 Olympiad.

The questions on the East Asian History Exam may be either more in line with the simpler approach featured in the questions on the Middle School and Elementary version of the Battery Exam or the more analytical approach featured in the questions on the Varsity and Junior Varsity version of the Battery Exam. Note that for syllabus purposes, this exam will cover both East Asia and Southeast Asia (i.e. any country shaded in yellow or red in the map shown on this page). A more specific distribution of eras in history and locations in East Asia will be forthcoming in advance of the Olympiad.