Registration for the 2020 National Political Science Bee Varsity / JV National Championships is now open!
All students competing at Nationals must have qualified for it through the National Qualifying Exam. You can take the National Political Science Bee National Qualifying Exam in one of two ways; either at a Varsity/JV National History Bee and Bowl tournament site or with a teacher / community proctor.
Register to Take the Exam at a Varsity / JV National History Bee and Bowl Tournament Site
If you wish to take the National Political Science Bee National Qualifying Exam at an official National History Bee and Bowl regional or state tournament site, you can register on the main National History Bee and Bowl Varsity and JV regional and state tournament registration page located here if you need an invoice, but otherwise it is not required to register (i.e. it is permissible to just show up at the site at the designated time). The cost per NPSB National Qualifying Exam taken at an NHBB tournament site is $10, and it can be paid in cash, or by check payable to “International Academic Competitions.” Please bring payment for the Exam to the tournament site; do not send it by mail in advance.
Register to Take the Exam with a Teacher at Your School or with a Community Proctor
Option 1: AP US Government and Politics teachers can proctor any USPSB exam version free of charge to as many students at their school as they wish. If you are interested in taking the exam for free this way, please have an AP US Government and Politics teacher email email@example.com from a school-based email. They must include mention of the fact that they teach AP US Government and Politics, and mention the name and grade level of the student(s) who has/have asked them to proctor the exam, if one or more students have done so. They can also alternatively just state that they want to offer it to their classes / to anyone who is interested.
Option 2: Students who are unable to reach a National History Bee and Bowl regional or state-level tournament for the Varsity/JV Divisions (i.e. the sites where the National Political Science Bee National Qualifying Exam is always offered) or who simply prefer to take the National Political Science Bee National Qualifying Exam at a time and place of their choosing (with someone other than a AP US Government and Politics teacher as their proctor) are welcome to take any or all versions of the NQE with a teacher or homeschool instructor proctoring it.
In that case, please send a check for $20 payable per exam version per student to “International Academic Competitions” to the following address:
International Academic Competitions
15 Lafayette Place
Burlington, VT, 05401
Together with a check, please enclose a sheet of paper with the following:
-The name(s) of the student(s) who wish to take the National Qualifying Exam
-The version of the Exam they wish to take. Please note that the C Set exam is available from October 15 onwards, the B Set exam is available from January 1 onwards, and the A Set exam is available from February 1 onwards. All Exams must be completed by April 10 unless IAC has granted specific permission otherwise.
-The current grade in school for each student to determine their age division. If a student does not have a set grade (i.e. for some homeschoolers, this may be the case, then please note their birthdate)
-The name of their school and its location (town and state). If homeschooled, note the homeschool association (if any), along with the town and state
-The name and email of the teacher, administrator, homeschool instructor, or community proctor (i.e. a librarian or religious leader) who has agreed to proctor and grade the exam.
Once we receive the check and the paper listing this information, we will contact the proctor with the Exam and answer key, and then they can give the Exam. If a student finishes in the top half of all finishers nationwide (i.e. at or above the National Median Score) in their age division on the version of the Exam they take, then they will qualify for the National Championships. Students only need to qualify by finishing above the National Median Score for their age division on any one of the three versions of the Exam. A lower score on any one version will not disqualify a student if they have a qualifying score on a separate version. To provide notification of Nationals qualification at as early a time as is possible, the official National Median Scores are determined on January 1 for C Set, February 1 for B Set, and March 1 for A Set. After these dates, the National Median Scores do not change even though additional students can still take these exams up until mid-April.
For students taking the National Political Science Bee National Qualifying Exam with a proctor, there is no other method of qualifying that is analogous to finishing in the top half among all students in an age division who take the Exam at a NHBB tournament site. For this reason, it may be easier to qualify for the National Political Science Bee National Championships at an NHBB tournament site, as that offers the chance to qualify both based on finishing above the National Median, as well as the chance to qualify based on finishing in the top half of students taking the Exam at that site.
For further questions, please contact International Academic Competitions at firstname.lastname@example.org