Nationals 2016 Practice Tests

Time Posted on November 12, 2016 User Nathan Wright: Impersonator Hunter Comment 3 comments




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2016 Live Bible Bee Quizzes

I dislike the term "technical difficulties."  It seems like that's what they all say when one of their "COMING SOON!" promises doesn't happen soon.  So I'll start by saying that I probably should have prepared for these quizzes earlier than I did, so I would have had time to fix the technical difficulties we had--such as the quiz maker first not working, and then the blog.  But even though this is happening later this year than usual, the point is that it IS happening again!  You have permission to be excited now!

Question submissions are appreciated.  Remember to inlucde to the words "Bible Bee" in the question, so I'll see it!  I won't lie; they're not absolutely necessary to make this work, because Cory and his writing squad have sent me questions as they come in for the upcoming practice tests.  But ideally, we should have questions being submitting from all of you, so we don't have to use all the practice test questions before the release of those tests!  So please, do your part!  If everyone submits even just one or two questions per week, we'll easily have enough.  I've noticed in past years that we have three or four select people who submit most of the questions, and I can't fairly make a quiz in which the questions are divided up like that.  Shoutout to Zachary Baas, Bethany Meckle, and Hannah Wright for being so diligent in this.  They are clearly the most spiritual--just kidding!  But anyway, I would like to ask that no one submit more than three questions per week, and if we don't have enough submitted questions, we can fill in using the practice test questions.  This should give us a reasonable balance.

And remember, you don't have to be in the Bee to participate!  (You just might not know as much, but the fellowship on the chat will be worth it!)

The new quizzes will be at 4:00 pm EST on Thursday, and reruns will be at 8:00 pm on Friday and 12:00 pm on Tuesday.  Effective immediately!  See ya then!


I recommend checking the comments at least once a week in case I have any updates to give.

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Introducing Microblades!

Time Posted on February 29, 2016 User Dakota Lynch Comment 2 comments

One of the most important elements of a successful Scripture memory routine is to make it a group effort. Besides the benefit of God’s Word being hidden in more hearts, memorizing as a group creates a sense of accountability that helps keep everyone motivated.

Scripture Memory Fellowship is a big promoter of systemized group memorization, and their brand new Microblade program is a great way to join a community of memorizers just like yourself. It’s also a good way to get back in the habit of memorizing.

The Microblade community memorizes 1-3 weekly verses on topics like Worship, Purity, and Marriage. Each Microblader receives email devotionals for the memory verses and is invited to join the Microblade forum. The forum is a special place where you are able to interact with a growing community of memorizers, answer study questions, and discuss God's Word together.

Each month's Microblade costs just $1.99 and is available in the SMF Bible memory app or via PDF download. Renew your commitment to Scripture memory and sign up for Microblades today!

Click Here to Begin

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Memverse Mobile App for iOS

Time Posted on September 24, 2015 User Andy Comment 25 comments

We're very excited to announce that Memverse is now available for iPhones and iPads. It took us much longer than expected but lots of the groundwork has now been laid and we'll keep adding more features over time.

You can download it via iTunes.

We're also looking for a volunteer to build an Android app.

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The 2015 Bible Bee Video!

Time Posted on July 31, 2015 User Bethany Meckle Comment 11 comments

Last year, my brother and I created a video about the Bible Bee study every other week. This year, due to all the changes and a crazy schedule, we almost decided not to do a video this year - but surprise, surprise, here it is! Thanks to a fellow Memverse family, we have a five minute video full of great tips and resources.

If you want more tips for last minute studying and test taking, here are two links you can check out:
1. The Sweeter Than Honey Blog
2. Last year's Bible Bee tip video

This video is not endorsed by the National Bible Bee or the Shelby Kennedy Foundation.

Click here to watch!

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John 1-6 Practice Tests

Matthew and his loyal team of question-writing minions have once again worked hard to crank out practice tests!  Not all of them are complete, but they will be added as they are finished.  Since we can't look ahead in the study guide, not all the questions can be in the same place this time.

PDF Practice Tests

Here is the sheet of 200 bubbles.




Answer Key (for all three tests) Practice Tests




Other Practice Tests

Everett made this; take it on ClassMarker.


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Cross References

Time Posted on June 29, 2015 User Bethany Meckle Comment 22 comments

If you're in Bible Bee, you probably know that the amazing amount of cross references can be one of the most challenging parts of the study. As I've been working through my study this week, I started making a list of all of the cross references (and the categories they fall under) with both the reference and the text. So, I'm going to share the lists here as I get them done each week - just in case they might help a few of my fellow Bible Bee-ers as well.

The list is from the Senior study, so if you're a Junior or Primary you probably have different CRs (or at least fewer ones), but maybe the list will still help!

One word of warning: I copied the verses from the NKJV, so if you use a different version you might want to copy the list into a word processor and either remove the verse texts or replace them with the version of your choice.

Weeks 3-6 are now avaliable with text (in KJV) thanks to Emily H!!!

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

How do you study cross references?

Leave your tips in the comments below!

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2015 Bible Bee Live Quizzes

On one of the recent weekly quizzes, I asked everyone if they wanted live Bible Bee quizzes for this year.  The answer was a unanimous "Yes", with more or less capitals and a wide variety of exclamation point counts.  Remember, we don't fence the quizzes, so you don't even have to be in the Bible Bee do to these!

EDIT--Well, no one seems to use the PDFs much, so unless I get requests to the contrary, I'll just stop copying the questions and leave the ones that have already been made.

The schedule, which is weekly, will have one more rerun!  Otherwise, it is the same.  Each new quiz will premiere at 4:00 pm EST on Thursday.  I've noticed that many Memverses don't get a change come on until late in the evening--in fact, that is usually when the forums are most active.  So there will be a rerun of the quiz at 8:00 pm EST the same Thursday.  Of course, we'll keep our Teusday rerun at noon EST.

PLEASE SUMBIT QUESTIONS, starting anytime, over what you've learned.  Make sure to be the words "Bible Bee:" at the beginning of each question, so it will be filtered and I'll know which questions to approve for the Bible Bee quizzes.  If a question is not approved, it was probably an essential duplicate or something irrelevantly simple, eg. "What was made through Him?".


Thank you ALL for your submissions!  We do appreciate it!  But please be careful to make sure your questions are not translation dependent or ambiguous.  I cannot be responsible for making sure all the questions are right.

NOTE:  Please proofread your questions.  I don't have time to go through every single one, so please make sure not only the answers, but the questions, are correct.

PDFs of finished quizzes:

1 - John 1 Text Review

2 - Random study questions

3 - Random study questions

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Windows Phone App

Time Posted on April 14, 2015 User Andy Comment 7 comments

One of our users, Kayle Hinkle, has created an app for those of you who use Windows Phone 8.1. It has a few limitations but I imagine Kayle is going to keep adding functionality with future releases.

The app will download your existing verses when you first login and will synchronize your progress with Memverse. At the moment it doesn't automatically synchronize new verses that you add/delete on the main website.

This is a great tool for those of you who want to memorize on the go!

Try it out and give us feedback.


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Synchronized Sections

Time Posted on January 01, 2015 User Andy Comment 18 comments

Today we have released an early version of a feature that I envisioned over three years ago. Those of you who memorize extended passages of the Bible might have noticed that there is sometimes a lack of context and continuity as verses which should appear contiguously unfortunately are reviewed haphazardly over the weeks.

This is most acute in chapters such as Matthew 5-7 (the Sermon on the Mount). I think most would agree that the following verses form a logical unit and should be grouped together during review:

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

I had always hoped that as people added passages it would gradually become clear which verses should be grouped together within a passage. It turns out that is, indeed, the case. Enough users who have a heart for fasting - but less for prayer and giving wink - have added the above verses and not the surrounding verses and it is possible to infer that Matt 6:16-18 belong together.

Clearly this works best in sections of the Bible that are heavily memorized and less well in the minor prophets (I always think it will be awkward when we meet Obadiah one day and he asks us what we thought of his book!).

This feature is still a work in progress and I am currently the only one using it. If you like living on the edge, you can enable Synchronize Subsections on your Update Profile page. This will ensure that over time, related verses will be reviewed on the same day and the review interval will be synchronized. Please leave feedback or comments by clicking the black 'Feedback' tab on the right. We will be refining this feature over the coming months so feel free to wait if you want. 

One of the disadvantages of this feature is that if you forget one verse in a subsection, the whole subsection will reset and appear to be unmemorized. If you'd like to see how your passages have been subsectioned, you can navigate to this secret page and click on the relevant passage. The last number in the list that appears shows the various subpassages.

We highly recommend that most of you wait for a few months before enabling this feature.

I hope you all have a blessed 2015.

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Review Systems

Time Posted on November 10, 2014 User Bethany Meckle Comment 29 comments

As many of you reading this probably already know, Memverse has a great review system. The Memverse review system is probably one of the best ones out there on the internet. But what about when you don't have access to the internet or a computer? How do you both memorize those flash cards and keep them up to date?

There are many ways you can do this, but I've combined a few and added some things of my own to create a review system that has been helping me. Now, I only started using this review system a couple of weeks ago, so I can't say for sure how it will work out in the end, but it seems to be working so far.

Set Up
I have a wooden box that is divided into four squares. Each of the four squares just fits the width of an index card, so I use index cards as my flash cards (at least until Bible Bee starts up again; then I'll have to trim down their verse cards to fit). Of course, you don't have to use a box! You can use piles of cards on your desk, plastic bags, flower pots - whatever works for you.

On each of my flash cards, I drew eleven circles. That's right, eleven - not ten. (This will be important later.) Every time I recite the verse correctly (no prompts, start-overs, or mistakes), I make a mark in one of the circles. One catch - I can only make one to two marks per day, no matter how many times that day I recite it correctly. But if I want to make two marks, I must recite the verse once in the morning and once in the evening, not back to back. (Reciting them with a good amount of time in between is important! When I was memorizing the short passages for Bible Bee Nationals, I often memorized the verse quickly and recited it quickly and considered it memorized, but I wouldn't be able to recite it the next day. I had it memorized in my short term memory, but not long term.)

The System
Step One: "Don't Know It Yet"
This is the first square in my box, the first place a verse card goes once I've made the card. The cards in this box are those I am not actively trying to memorize but know I will be working on soon. I read through these three or more times per week to get an idea of what they are about.

Step Two: "Working On It..."
This is the second square in my box. Once I am ready to begin memorizing a verse, the card is moved here. I read through these at least five times a day, not counting the times I try to recite it without looking. I can start making marks in those circles on the cards now. A card stays in this square until I have recited it two times.

Step Three: "Almost There..."
This is the third square in my box. Now that I have made two marks on my verse card, the card moves here. These verses I read through at least ten times a day. I must recite this verse correctly five times before it can move on. (Like I said in the "Set Up" section, though, only 1-2 correct recitations per day count towards the marks.)

Step Four: "Got It!"
This is the last square in my box, but it's not the last step. Verses move here once I have recited them correctly five times. I only read through these one or two times a day (variable depending on how long or hard the passage is). Once I have every circle filled in on my cards, then they can leave this box. Now is where that eleventh circle comes in. If you're anything like me, you might think once you fill in the tenth circle, "Ten times? That's a good, even number, and I've done a lot of work to get it this far. I'll just be done with it now." At least, I think like that sometimes. But by filling in that eleventh circle, I've done an extra review and the verse should be extra solid.

Step Five: "I Don't Know What To Call This Yet!"
I just implemented this into my system, so I haven't been able to test it yet, but this is how it should work. Once a verse has been recited perfectly eleven times, the card moves here. If you have a box with five squares, use that fifth square for this. I only have four squares, so I'll find a place to put the stack of verses in this category. Maybe right next to my box. Anyway, these verses are the ones that I have completely memorized, so I'll read through and review these a couple of times per week. If at any time I find that I can't remember a section or a word in the verse, I'll move this back to the "Amost There" or "Got It" stage to work on it some more.

Well, that's the system I've come up with! How do you keep verses up-to-date aside from Memverse? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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2014 Nationals Resources

Time Posted on October 20, 2014 User Nathan Wright: Impersonator Hunter Comment 30 comments

They're here! Both oral and written practice tests have been cranked out by our fellow Bible Bee-ers for all the different divisions and translations! Below are .zip files from which you can select which test you will use. The second test is aimed mostly at Seniors, as it has quite a few memory verse questions. It is recommended that you make use of as many resources as you can use.



Practice Test 2

Also, our friend Mandy makes videos with helpful information, and Zachary has a page on his website dedicated to Bible Bee study tools, including a prompterizer generator!

Mandy's Channel

Zachary's Page

Finally, here are some resources that were recommended for this post so more people can be aware of them.

And of course, there are the MemVerse quizzes.

Be sure to comment so you can thank the contestants who are sharing all they've learned!

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2014 Nationals Quizzes

Yes; that's right. The Bible Bee quizzes are not over this year! God-willing, we will be continuing them just as we did the Locals quizzes: 4:00 pm EST every Thursday, then a rerun on Tuesday at noon EST. You may partake in these quizzes even if you did not make it to Nationals, are not in the Bible Bee, are not eligible for the Bible Bee, etc. We will not fence the quizzes in any way.

Since the Nationals memory passages are "unique to each age division and do not overlap" (in the words of the Bible Bee's website), there will be no recitation questions except for verses 2 and 3 of chapter 1--very occasionally--which we memorized for Locals. However, when we get further into the study, there might be some reference questions about the book of Nahum.

Important: the quizzes will rely heavily on question submissions.  We will want to have many questions about Greek words and cross-references; this way, contestants can introduce other contestants to what they've learned.  And please add {Nationals} in the text before the question.

For review, PDFs of the quizzes are also up for download (after they've been run on MemVerse, of course)!

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Bubble Sheet for Practice Tests

Note: This is different from the scan sheets available at These sheets only have bubbles--which are much easier to fill in.

Presenting a new resource that will make the practice test experience even more like the real deal!  The locals test tomorrow will have sheets with the questions, like the practice tests, but also a bubble sheet on which answers will be filled in.  The bubbles must be completely filled in, which takes longer than just circling the right answer on the practice test--and with 200 questions, this could make a reletively significant difference for contestants who want to ascertain how prepared they are by taking the practice tests.  So, thanks to's bubble test generator, here is a bubble sheet with 200 questions (the Primaries can only print the first page).


Also, ANNOUNCEMENT: There will be a third rerun, at 9:00 PM EST today!!!

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2014 Bible Bee Resources

Time Posted on August 09, 2014 User Alex Watt Comment 32 comments

The much-anticipated practice exams arrived late last night, and we also have a few other resources to share with you. Some of you may notice that the tests have been delivered earlier each year — this year, by about a week.

Primary Test: PDF Answers: PDF
Junior Test: PDF Answers: PDF
Senior Test: PDF Answers: PDF

See here for a bubble sheet to make the practice test experience as close as possible to contest day; the Bible Bee's site also offers scan sheets for 100 questions and for 200 questions.

Please note that these practice tests and other resources were created by volunteers and are in no way endorsed by the Shelby Kennedy Foundation, which hosts the National Bible Bee.

Other resources:

  • Weekly Bible Bee quizzes. Thank you to Nathan Wright for taking charge of the Bible Bee quizzes. You're doing a great job.
  • Past quiz questions. Naturally we have only included the multiple choice questions. Please let us know if you spot errors in the questions; there are probably at least a few. These did not undergo the same level of scrutiny as those in the practice exams.
  • Bible Bee study videos: On Vimeo here. Bethany and Landon Meckle review the content of the past few weeks and share suggestions given by other people. You can submit a suggestion, too. You can also access them at Bethany's Weebly site.
  • Free songs for Bible Bee verses: Please see here on Mustard Seed Faith Media's site. You can listen to and download these songs for free. They are sung by Nathan in all four translations.
  • Bonus practice test: Andrew Adams and Everett Chew prepared another practice exam, aimed at Juniors and Seniors. Here is the test; here are the answers.
  • Final quiz:  One last broad review quiz will be held here on MemVerse the day before locals.  See the link for more details.

If you have another resource to add, please leave a comment and we will try to include it.

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