The Regional level of the Canadian Division of The International Geography Bee consists of the Canadian Championships Qualifying Exam (CCQE). 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 CCQE is always offered at tournament sites for the International History Bee and Bowl’s Canadian regional tournaments, a list of which is available here. The Beta version of the CCQE 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 CCQE at their place of study with either a homeschool instructor or teacher proctoring it. The CCQE costs $20 if taken in school or with a homeschool proctor; the CCQE costs $10 if taken at an IHBB tournament site.
Teachers can also sign up an entire class for any one version of the Canadian Championships Qualifying Exam which costs $75 for one class of students. For the entire school, it costs $150. If you are interested in either of these options, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that students qualify for the Canadian Championships by finishing in the top half of students in their age division who take their respective version of the CCQE at any given tournament 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 nationally in Canada among all students who take the CCQE within their age division for any given exam. These national median scores are calculated for Alpha and Beta Sets for all students who have taken an Exam by the end of March 25.
Registration is not required for students to take the CCQE at an IHBB Canada 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)
To take the CCQE 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 nationally 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 CCQE 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 CCQE in Canada. Roughly 20% of the questions on the CCQE will focus on Canadian geography; the other questions will focus on the geography of other parts of the world.