Teams consist of a coach and at least four students (a fifth may act as an alternate). Teams compete head-to-head in timed, quiz-show styled matches that include multiple choice and short answer buzzer questions, as well as more detailed, written ‘team challenge’ questions. There will be a preliminary series of round-robin matches, following which the top-ranked teams will face off in an elimination round.

The NOSB website provides a more comprehensive description of competition rules, as well as sample competition questions, and study resources.