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Divisions: High School, Middle School, Elementary, Family
Competition Type: Individual, 400 Question Multiple Choice Exam, Counts 1/3 towards the Individual IGC Championship Title
This is a required event for all competing students.

The Battery is a required individual event at the International Geography Championships. For all age divisions, it counts towards the individual IGC Championship Title. The Battery, however, is also an event in its own right, with 400 multiple choice questions on all aspects, eras, and places in geography. A more complete distribution of the questions will be provided to students in advance. Note that in 2022, the Battery will be used to determine seedings in the International Geography Bee World Championships. The preliminary round results of the International Geography Bee World Championships will then determine the composition of teams for the various team events.

Normally, the top three or four students from a country or state will form the A Team for that country or state, the next top three or four scoring students will form Team B and so on per age group. However, some teams may consist of just three students due to the need for rounding, while solo or duo students will be paired up with students from a different country and/or state in their same division. Solo teams will not be permitted.

In 2022, all competing students at the International Geography Championships will take the same version of the Battery Exam. Question difficulty on the exam will vary widely within the 400 questions.

Speed is of the essence; students have roughly 20 seconds per question; the Exam is expected to take 120 minutes. There will be one bathroom break in the middle of the exam; the second part of the exam will only be distributed after this, and students will not be able to go back and fix answers from the first part of the exam after the first part is over.

As with all multiple choice exams at IGC, the Battery Exam will be scored on a 2 points for a correct answer, 0 for a blank answer, and a -1 for an incorrect answer basis. Family members who are interested can take the exam too.

In 2018, this event was called the International Geography Exam. The Exam from 2018 and its Answer Key are listed here for review and practice.
2018 International Geography Bee World Championships – International Geography Exam Part 1
2018 International Geography Bee World Championships – International Geography Exam Part 2
2018 International Geography Bee World Championships – International Geography Exam Part 3
2018 International Geography Bee World Championships – International Geography Exam Part 4
2018 International Geography Bee World Championships – International Geography Exam Answer Key

 

Divisions: High School, Middle School, Elementary, Family
Competition Type: Individual, 100 Question Multiple Choice Exam

The Country Exam is a new event at the 2022 IGC. It is a 100 question multiple choice exam, for which students will have 40 minutes. There is no difference in the Country Exam between the different age divisions (though different medal sets will be given out for each division.

The student with the highest score overall across all age divisions in the Country Exam will win an all-expenses paid four day trip to the country in question where they will be greeted by local and national dignitaries as a world expert on the history and culture of their country! IAC staff will escort the student who wins the Country Exam, though certainly parents and other family members at their own expense are welcome to join their winning student. The length of the trip can be extended if a parent or legal guardian attends; otherwise, the arrival is projected to be on a Friday, and the departure is expected to be on a Tuesday. The dates of the trip can likely be made to coincide with a school vacation period for the student in question (they will not be set in advance before the Country Exam takes place).

The country in question, whose geography and culture will be the focus of the exam, will be announced no later than April 2022 and will be posted here when that has been determined. IAC will be making investigations to see what country is most appropriate for this, but most likely it will be a small or medium-sized country in the Americas or the Caribbean. Any student from the country in question (i.e. they attended school there or had a permanent residence there in the 2021-2022 school year; citizenship or representation at the Olympiad does not apply) is ineligible to compete in the Country Exam, but in all likelihood, the country chosen will not have any student present at the 2022 IGC anyway.

Divisions: High School, Middle School, Elementary, Family
Competition Type: Individual, 75 Question Multiple Choice Exam

The 2022 International Geography Championships will feature a 75 question multiple choice exam on the geography and culture of Canada. Will one of Canada’s own take gold in their “home event” or will an interloper from points south, west, or east steal the top honors? Find out on Day 1 of the 2022 IGC! This exam will last 25 minutes.

Divisions: High School, Middle School, Elementary, Family
Competition Type: Individual, 100 Question Multiple Choice Exam

Many top geography students will be interested in taking the AP Human Geography Exam. This exam, which will broadly reflect the same curriculum as the AP Exam will focus on all aspects of human geography. A syllabus will be provided at a later date, but students can find practice AP Human Geography questions at this link. This exam will last 40 minutes.

Divisions: High School, Middle School, Elementary, Family
Competition Type: Individual, Multiple Choice Exam, # of questions is to be determined

Many Geography, as practiced as a professional and academic discipline, frequently involves applying mathematical and quantitative reason. In this exam, which will incorporate concepts from geometry, algebra, statistics, and trigonometry, students will need to use both their math skills and applied geography knowledge. This exam will last 40 minutes; sample questions and a full syllabus will be provided at a later date.

Divisions: High School, Middle School, Elementary
Competition Type: Individual, Short Answer Exam, Counts 1/3 towards the Individual IGC Championship
This is a required event for all competing students.

All students attending the 2022 International Geography Championships will be required to compete in the Written Exam, which will consist of a certain number of questions, and a timeframe (approximately 80 minutes) which all answers must be written by. Sample questions and a syllabus for this exam will be provided on this page in the coming months.