Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much does it cost to take the ORQEs? All three exams are free of charge.

  2. Who can take the ORQEs? Students in 8th grade and under can take the ORQEs. We offer separate divisions for students in 8th grade, 7th grade, 6th grade, and Elementary School (i.e. for all students in 5th grade and under). Parents are also welcome to administer the exams to students at home. Students in 9th grade and above who are interested in competing should visit for more information on how to compete in the Varsity & Junior Varsity Divisions.

  3. Can I enter more students than what I had indicated when I created my account? Yes, these numbers are only meant to be an estimate. You are welcome to have more or fewer students take the exams than the number you originally estimated when you registered.

  4. What is my Sponsor ID? Students will need to enter a Sponsor ID before they can access the ORQEs. To locate your Sponsor ID, visit the Sponsor Hub and select "Sponsor ID List". Please note that your Sponsor ID is different from past years; if you are using a Sponsor ID from a previous year, your students will not be able to register for their exam(s).

  5. What score will my student need to qualify for Regional Finals? For each exam, qualifying scores will be based on the scores received in each grade level within each region. The qualification status for all exams submitted by January 31 will be available on the Sponsor Hub on Tuesday, February 1. Any exams submitted in February will be marked for qualification on a weekly basis on the Tuesday following the week the exam was submitted (February 8, 15, 22, and March 1).

  6. How much time does my student have to take each exam? All exams consist of fifty (50) multiple-choice questions, and students have twenty (20) minutes to take each exam.

  7. What should I do if a student requires testing accommodations? Any sponsor with a student requiring testing accommodations should contact Arthur Ramsay ( for additional information.

  8. How are exams scored? Each correct answer will receive 2 points. An incorrect answer or an answer left blank receives zero points. Students are also able to change their selected answers before submitting their exam(s).

  9. Should students be supervised while taking the exams? As much as possible, yes. Please make sure that their name and grade are entered correctly and help them stay focused on the exams. Also, those supervising must avoid assisting students, as tempting as it may be. Students should determine the answers to questions entirely on their own and without any other resources than their knowledge (including the internet). Please also instruct them not to discuss the content of the exams, in case other students have yet to take them.

  10. How do my students take the exams? All three ORQEs can be accessed via the "Take an Exam" link on the main menu bar (above).

  11. What is the deadline for students to take Exams? Due to current public health concerns and school re-openings/closures, IAC has extended the deadlines for the 2022 History and Science ORQEs until 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, February 7, 2022. The deadline for the 2022 Geography ORQE remains 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, February 28, 2022.

  12. Why does the Geography exam no longer qualify students directly for National Championships? Students who take the Geography ORQE now qualify for the International Geography Bee Regional Finals. The qualifying score for students in each level will be determined after the exam administration period has ended. Students who score at or above the qualification threshold will be eligible to compete in the Regional Finals for the International Geography Bee and the National Championships of the US Geography Championships.

  13. Can my student take an exam for which I did not pre-register them? Absolutely. Your students may take all three exams if they would like. There is no cost for these exams, and they just might qualify if they try! If the teacher does not want to administer all the exams, then a parent or a different teacher can create their own sponsor account to administer the other exam(s).

  14. I'm having some trouble with this site. Can someone help me? If you're not able to find an answer to your question above, please email or click here to schedule a meeting with IAC staff.