Divisions: Collegiate (possibly), Varsity, Junior Varsity, Middle School, Elementary
Competition Type: Individual, 2 preliminary rounds and 1 final round, each consisting of 25 tossup questions. The same number of questions are played in all divisions in this event.
The topic for the 2022 International History Olympiad Scramble will be revealed on July 20, 2022.
Note: The topic for the 2015 Scramble was the History of the Greater Caucasus Region; for 2016 it was the History of Infectious Disease; for 2018 it was the History of African Colonization
- 2015 Scramble Round 1 Questions
- 2015 Scramble Round 2 Questions
- 2015 Scramble Round 3 Questions
- 2015 Scramble Round 4 – Finals Questions
The Scramble is a Bee-style event unique to the Olympiad. While our quiz tournaments typically reward long-term knowledge of numerous eras and places throughout history, the Scramble is a tournament where the focus will only be announced roughly one week in advance of the Olympiad (and not on the opening ceremonies as in 2015 and 2016 – this gives players a bit more time to prepare). Players who take the Scramble challenge will then have approximately one week to cram on the topic. The Scramble will be played on the opening night of the Olympiad so that players do not afterwards need to retain what they have studied for the Scramble while they are preparing for other events. What will the Scramble topic be? Can you cram as well as you can study for the long-term? Good luck in this challenging tournament!
A collegiate division for the Blitz will be held if there is sufficient interest (i.e. at least six players).
2018 Champions (Topic was History of African Colonization)
Varsity: Alex Howe, Virginia
Junior Varsity: Eshaan Vakil, Nevada
Middle School: Siddharth Kamannavar, California
2016 Champions (Topic was History of Infectious Diseases)
Varsity: Jakob Myers, Illinois
Junior Varsity: Alejandro Lim, Philippines
Middle School: Shiva Oswal, California
2015 Champions (Topic was History of the Greater Caucasus Region)
Varsity: Ben Koppel, Maryland
Junior Varsity: Timothy Li, Hong Kong
Middle School: Anabel Mellinger, Switzerland