What: 400 question multiple choice exam – Counts 1/3 towards overall individual IGB World Championship!
Who: Required individual event for competing students. Open to family, friends, parents, and coaches!
The Battery is the only required individual event at IGB Worlds, as it is used to seed the teams. It also counts one third (along with the Written Exam and towards the individual IGB World Championship title. The Battery, however, is also an event in its own right, with 400 multiple choice questions on all aspects, fields, and places of geography. The Battery will be one of the first events at IGB Worlds. As with the Qualifying Exams, students receive two points for a correct answer, zero points for an answer left blank, and lose a point for an incorrect answer.
As mentioned, the Battery is used to determine the composition of National and State teams for the team events at IGB Worlds. Unlike at the Olympiad, at IGB Worlds the Battery will not be split into two parts with only the first part counting.
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 scoring students will form the B Team and so on per age group. If only one or two students are representing a state or country, they will be paired up either with a higher age division within one’s country or state or with students from a different country or state. For 2022, IGB Worlds teams will have 3 or 4 students. Olympiad teams will have 2 or 3 students.
Students (and Parents, Family Members and Coaches who are also competing) will have 55 minutes for Part 1 (200 questions) and 55 minutes for Part 2 (200 questions) with a 10 minute break in between. This works out to an average of 16.5 seconds per question.
A distribution for 2022 will be forthcoming shortly. The 2022 distribution will be similar to, but not identical to the 2018 distribution, which was as follows:
24 human (not location specific), 24 physical (not location specific, including oceans), 6 miscellaneous concepts (from any discipline), 8 US (roughly half human half physical), 8 Europe, 10 Africa, 8 other Americas, 12 Asia, 2 Australia / Oceania / Antarctica.
The human / physical in the sets of 24 are sets of related questions with a concept and then concrete examples that relate back to those.
Disclaimer: the distribution may vary by 1 or 2 questions per category for every 100 questions.
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