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  • Do students need previous academic competition experience?
    No! All are welcome to participate. In fact, our event is an excellent opportunity for kids to try their hand at academic competitions, build new skills, and explore their favorite topics.
  • What grade levels can compete?
    The Great History Challenge is designed for any middle school student interested in history and/or academic competition, ideally those in grades 6 to 8.
  • When is the registration deadline?
    The Stage 1 registration deadline is October 14th. We encourage you to share it with your students and register ASAP so they can begin studying and preparing for the online qualifying exam.
  • When is the qualifying exam? How long does it take?
    After registration, select a test date between October 24th-28th—the exam takes just one class period! All you’ll need is enough computers for all students to take the test.
  • Is the event limited to specific geographic areas?
    We are focusing on six regions for the inaugural 2022-2023 year of the Great History Challenge. Schools in the following metropolitan areas are invited to join: Atlanta, GA Nashville, TN Birmingham, AL Charlotte, NC Tampa, FL Orlando, FL During the registration process, you will be prompted to enter your school’s zip code, and our system will assign your region based on the closest city to you.
  • Are the questions the same for all grade levels?
    Currently, yes, all challenge questions will come from one bank.
  • How do you come up with the questions?
    The Great History Challenge is much more than a trivia contest! We’ve carefully crafted each question based on National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) curriculum standards. While we can’t guarantee every student has covered every topic, we’ve designed the competition around the content kids at the middle school level should be learning.
  • Will you provide resources and support for teachers?
    Yes! Once you register your school, you’ll have access to our online portal, where you can find all details, deadlines, and event dates for the Great History Challenge. We will also share communication templates, including letters you can send home to parents. Once your school has paid the registration fee, we will also send you a copy of our study guide. We understand that going down to the principal’s office to ask for additional funding and support (however small) can be anxiety-inducing. We are happy to speak with your school principal/administration to explain the value of the Great History Challenge and answer their questions.
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