Students can qualify for the 2018 International History Olympiad in 5 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. Students on History Bowl teams with at least a .500 winning percentage in the preliminary rounds or a playoff win are eligible as well. 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 on History Bowl teams with at least a .500 winning percentage in the preliminary rounds at Nationals are eligible as well.
Students who are on a team that wins a state or regional National History Bowl tournament, or are (updated March 2018) in the top quarter of students in the Varsity or Junior Varsity division at any state or regional National History Bee tournament, or the top half of students in the Middle School or Elementary division at any regional finals tournament for the National History Bee * in either the preliminaries or final standings are also eligible, as are all students finishing in final positions 1-3 in the Bee regardless of how many students competed (as long as they score at least 1 point). 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 email@example.com.
* = Originally this was supposed to be the top 25% for Middle School or Elementary division players at regional finals tournaments, but as round by round statistics are not being kept by ACE, we cannot ascertain who is in the top 25%. As such, all National Qualifiers from the National History Bee Middle School or Elementary Regional Finals in 2018 are eligible.
3. Qualifying from areas over 200km from (update Feb. 8, 2018) NHBB or two IHBB tournament sites through a Qualifying Exam. Or qualify in Australia or New Zealand through the Qualifying Exam
Students who attended a school over 200km from the nearest NHBB site or students living over 200km from the nearest two IHBB regional tournament sites at which they could have competed in the 2017-2018 tournament season, 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.
All students in Australia and New Zealand (even if their schools compete) are eligible to qualify via the qualifying exam as well, as we have fewer events in those countries each year than elsewhere around the world in regions with active IHBB tournaments.
To register for the qualifying exam, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Students attending school outside the USA who attended school within 200km of the nearest two tournament sites in 2017-2018 may apply for a wild card bid to take the exam if there were extenuating circumstances as to why they could not attend the NHBB / IHBB tournament(s). Students interested in this option should contact email@example.com for further instructions.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding eligibility for the exam.
4. Students competing in an IHBB Intramural tournament
Students competing in an official IHBB Intramural tournament who finish on the winning team in their age division or who win the Bee in their age division also qualify.
5. Students who have medaled at a prior International History Olympiad
All students who medaled in any event at the 2015 or 2016 International History Olympiads are eligible to compete at the 2018 International History Olympiad in Berlin.