National Social Studies League


Any date from April 21 through May 2, 2025.


  • The Contest for grade 2 consists of 25 questions, for grades 3 and 4, 35 questions and grades 5 and 6, 40 questions.
  • These questions are based on topics in American Studies, Geography of the United States, and United States government appropriate to each grade level.
  • The Contest for grades 7,8,and 9, consisting of 50 questions, deals with these same topic areas with the content of the questions appropriate to those grade levels.
  • There are two contests for Senior High School students- one in American History and the other in World History with the emphasis on Europe.
  • Each of these Contests consists of 50 questions.
  • Each Contest (for all grade levels mentioned above) consists of multiple choice questions.
  • Each Contest has a time limit of 35 minutes and may be comfortably administered within one class period.

Contest Operation

  • You will download a PDF file of the questions for each Contest you enter.
  • Please duplicate as many copies as you need.
  • Answer keys will be provided.
  • There is no limit to the number of students who may participate.
  • While the Contest contains a few difficult questions requiring creative thought, most of the questions are suitable for the majority of your students.
  • The students are to work independently on the questions.
  • Each test is to be proctored and graded by the school.
  • The top ten individual’s names and their scores are to be entered on our website.
  • The sum of these top ten scores is the school’s team score.
  • All schools can view the results on our website.


  • Each team will receive 11 awards- 1 medal and 10 certificates.
  • Each additional team that your school registers entitles you to receive 1 additional set of awards.
  • There are also individual and team awards on the national level.

Results Cut-off Date

  • This is┬áthe date you must enter your scores by to have your school listed on the results report.
  • May 19, 2025


  • The first two teams are $110 and each additional team is $60
  • Discounts will be reflected in the shopping cart


  • Click on the large NSSL logo above the grade level you want.
  • A page will open where you can download a sample test.

We are currently accepting registration for the 2024-2025 Contest year.


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