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 can administer the exams if a school does not want to register. Students in 9th grade and above who are interested in competing should contact 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 happens if the students incorrectly fill in their registration information?
    Please help your students to make sure their registration information is correct (especially your sponsor ID, their name and grade). We have thousands of students taking these exams, and this will help make sure we track them properly. This is a big part of the reason we are asking for students to be supervised when taking the exam. We want to be sure to be able to attach your student’s great score to the right person!
  5. What is my sponsor number?
    One of the items students will need to fill in when they register is your Sponsor Number. That code can be found by visiting the Sponsor Hub and selecting “Sponsor ID List”. Note that your sponsor number is different from past years - if you are using an old sponsor ID it will not register your students properly.
  6. What score will my student need to qualify for Regional Finals?
    For all three exams, qualifying scores will be based on the total of received scores at each grade level once the exam is closed. We will let the sponsors know which students have qualified for the Regional Finals once the ORQE Exams have closed (after February 21).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. How are exams scored?
    Each correct answer will receive 2 points. An incorrect answer or an answer left blank receives zero points. Beginning this year, there is no -1 penalty for incorrect guesses on the exams. Students are also able to change their selected answers before submitting their exams.
  10. 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.
  11. How do my students take the exams?
    All three ORQEs can be accessed via the “ORQE Player” link on the main menu bar (above). This page can also be accessed directly by visiting (Note: Don't type “www.” before that address - it will not work!)
  12. What is the deadline for students to take Exams?
    Students will have until 11:59pm Eastern on February 21, 2021 to submit exams. At that point, we will begin assessing who has qualified in preparation for opening Regional Finals registration in late February. For the Geography ORQE, students who wish to compete in the International Geography Bee must take the exam by that date; students who wish to compete only in the US Geography Championships (Nationals-level exam) will be able to take the exam until National Championships registration closes (May 1, 2020).
  13. Why does the Geography exam no longer qualify students directly for National Championships anymore?
    Students who take the Geography ORQE now qualify for the International Geography Bee Regional Finals, which we have not offered in the past due to time constraints. The qualifying score for students in each level will be determined after the exam administration period has ended in early February. 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.
  14. Where's the exam for the US Academic Bee?
    The US Academic Bee does not require prior qualification. For the 2020-21 competition year, the Academic Bee Regional Finals are open to all students in grades 8 and below, regardless of whether they have taken the ORQEs for any of the other three events.
  15. Can my student take an exam for which I did not register them?
    Absolutely. Your students may take all three exams if they so choose. 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).
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