Divisions: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School, Elementary
Competition Type: Individual, Short Answer Exam, Counts 1/3 towards the Individual Olympiad Championship
This is a required event for all competing students.

All students attending the 2023 International History Olympiad will be required to compete in the Written Exam. The prompts will cover time periods from ancient to modern history, various regions of the world, and different historical themes, including politics, society and culture, religion, economics and geography. Some questions will focus on a single region or country, while others may cover multiple regions or countries but have a single theme or focus.

For the Elementary and Middle School divisions, the exam will consist of 8 short answer questions. Elementary students will answer any 4 of these questions and Middle School students will answer 5. All Elementary and Middle School division students will have 80 minutes to complete the Written Exam.

The Varsity and Junior Varsity exam will consist of 8 short answer questions and 2 long essay questions. Junior Varsity students will choose 5 short answer questions plus 1 long essay, while Varsity students will write 6 short answer questions and 1 long essay. All Varsity and Junior Varsity students will have 90 minutes to complete the Written Exam.