IAC Congratulates the 2017 International Geography Bee Canadian Champions!
Varsity International Geography Bee – Gareth Thorlakson, University of Toronto Schools
Junior Varsity International Geography Bee – Marcel Maitinsky, Westmount Secondary
Middle School International Geography Bee – Rory Krnjevic, Selwyn House

In addition to running history-themed competitions, International Academic Competitions also organizes the International Geography Bee, a worldwide geography quiz competition for primary and secondary school students! The Canadian Division of the IGB consists of the Canadian Championships Qualifying Exam and the Canadian Championships. Within the Canadian Division, the same three age divisions apply as they do for the International History Bee and Bowl. Qualified students are then eligible to attend the inaugural 2018 International Geography Bee World Championships which are being held in Berlin, Germany on July 11-17. Students also coming to Berlin to compete in the 2018 International History Olympiad on July 15-22 will still be able to compete in the IGB World Championships – the two events are designed with that in mind.

There are two versions of the International Geography Bee Championships Qualifying Exam – Alpha and Beta. During the lunch break of each IHBB Canada tournament, the version of the exam which corresponds to the question set being used for the History Bee and Bowl tournament is given for any interested students. For students unable to attend a tournament, both versions are also available for students to take at their school if they wish, with a teacher or administrator proctoring. Both IGB Championships Qualifying Exam versions are meant to have equal difficulty. Students only need to qualify off one version of the Championships Qualifying Exam. If they are unable to compete at a site, then they can take the Exam at their school with a teacher proctoring it; this option costs $25 Canadian dollars. Students interested in taking a version of the Championships Qualifying Exam at their school should email nolwenn@historybowl.com to register for this option. The Championships Qualifying Exams that were used in 2016-2017 are available here for practice.

Students scoring in the top half of students in their age division at their exam site, or who finish in the top half of all students in Canada for their age division for each version of the exam qualify for the IGB Canadian Championships. Students scoring in the top quarter of students in their age division at their exam site, or who finish in the top quarter of all students in Canada for their age division for each version of the exam qualify for IGB World Championships. Students do not have to attend the IGB Canadian Championships to qualify for the IGB World Championships, though those who do and finish in the top half in their age division qualify if they haven’t yet qualified already for the IGB World Championships.

The Canadian Championships for the International Geography Bee will consist of 3 preliminary rounds of 30 paragraph-length buzzer quiz questions, and one or two rounds of playoffs for the top students from the preliminaries. You can see sample questions here from 2017 IGB Canadian Championships; see also questions from past years’ Geography Bee of Europe to get a sense of the sort of questions that are asked at the Championships.

For further details, the website of IGB is located at www.internationalgeographybee.com – in particular, see the FAQ page here. For further questions about IGB, please email us at nolwenn@historybowl.com
Good luck!