The Regional level of the Australia and New Zealand Division of The International Geography Bee consists of the Championships Qualifying Exam (CQE). For all age divisions, the rules are the same. The questions used are the same as well for each age division, though students are only ranked against other students in their same age division. The Exam has two separate version called Alpha and Beta.
Each Exam has 50 multiple-choice questions with 4 possible answers to each question, and students always have 20 minutes to compete. Students receive 2 points for a correct answer, 0 points for an answer left blank, and -1 point for an incorrect response.
The CQE is always offered at tournament sites for the International History Bee and Bowl’s Australia and New Zealand regional tournaments, a list of which is available here. The Beta version of the CQE is always the version offered at each tournament site; time permitting, the Alpha version may be proctored for interested students as well, but this is not guaranteed. Students may also take either the Alpha or Beta version of the CQE at their place of study with either a homeschool instructor or teacher proctoring it. The CQE costs $15 if taken at an IHBB tournament site; if taken with a teacher or homeschool instructor proctoring it, it is free of charge. If you are interested in this option, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that students qualify for the Australia and New Zealand Championships by finishing in the top half of students in their age division who take their respective version of the CQE at any given tournament site. They can also qualify for the IGB World Championships by finishing in the top 25% of students at their site. If there is an odd number of students, or if two students tie for the last spot, we “round up” so that 4 students out of 7 would qualify, for example, unless there was a tie for 4th place, in which case 5 (or more, if more than two students tied for 4th) would qualify. Students can also qualify by finishing in the top half among all students in Australia and New Zealand who take the CQE within their age division for any given exam and for the IGB World Championships by finishing in the top 25% of all students in a division who take a given exam. These median scores are calculated for Alpha and Beta Sets for all students who have taken an Exam once all regional tournaments have been held. Note that any student qualifying for the IGB World Championships needs to also score a minimum of a 30, however (regardless of age division and whether their score was in the top 25% at their site or throughout Australia and New Zealand).
Registration is not required for students to take the CQE at an IHBB Australia and New Zealand tournament site – they may simply show up at the tournament site and take the Exam there (be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the scheduled lunch break, or at the Doors Open time if it is an after school event on a weekday)
To take the CQE at a student’s school or with a homeschool instructor, please email email@example.com for further instructions.
Students who take an exam at their school or with a homeschool proctor may only qualify on the basis of finishing in the top half among all students on that version of the Exam (students who take the Exam at a tournament site can also qualify as mentioned, by being in the top half of students in their age division on an Exam at that site).
An official sample version of the CQE is available here together with its answer key. For further practice resources, see the past Exams on the US Geography Olympiad website here. Note that these Exams have more of a focus on the geography of the USA than we will have on the CQE in New Zealand and Australia. Roughly 20% of the questions on the CQE will focus on the geography of Australia and New Zealand; the other questions will focus on the geography of other parts of the world.