The Geographical Dictation of the RGS Can Be Written from Anywhere in the World

Изображение: пресс-служба РГО
Изображение: пресс-служба РГО

The Geographical Dictation will take place for the sixth time on November 29, 2020. It will be possible to join the international educational campaign from any place in the world: it will be possible to do it in person, remotely or online. At the moment, more than 1,500 on-site Dictation venues have already been registered around the world.

Moscow and Sverdlovsk Oblasts, the Republic of Tatarstan and the Krasnodar Territory are leaders in the number of venues in Russia - in each region the Dictation will take place at more than 100 venues. Samara Oblast, Kamchatka and Stavropol Krais, the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Yugra, the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and other regions also have many Dictation venues. In addition to Russia, 32 countries of the world have joined the event. Among them are Belgium, Switzerland, China, Egypt, Israel, Cambodia, Serbia, Ukraine and others.

The Dictation venues are traditionally organized in schools, universities, libraries, museums, reserves and many other places. Among the most unusual Dictation venues in different years were the ship-museum "Cruiser Aurora", the Mission Control Center, oil platforms in the Caspian Sea. For example, this year, the Dictation will be written at the “Akademik Lomonosov” power barge in Pevek and at the visit center of the “Komandorskiy” State Reserve in the village of Nikolskoye, Kamchatka Territory. In general, over five years, the number of the Dictation venues has grown 26 times - from 210 venues in 2015 to 5469 venues in 2019.


Участники Географического диктанта - 2018 на центральной площадке в МГУ имени М.В. Ломоносова. Фото: пресс-служба РГО

We would like to remind that in the event of a worsening epidemiological situation due to the coronavirus COVID-19, the on-site venues of the Geographical Dictation will be able to conduct a remote version of the event. If necessary, by November 23, 2020, the venue organizer will be able to change the format of the campaign quickly from on-site to remote. It will be possible to conduct the remote Dictation only on November 29, 2020 from 12:00 to 13:00 local time. Participants who have pre-registered on the venue will receive a special link, by clicking on which they will receive everything they need to write the Dictation without leaving home.

Following the link, the Dictation participants will be able to fill out an individual questionnaire; receive a video with a welcome speech from the host of the event, a small virtual quiz and an explanation of the rules; a video presentation with the Dictation tasks voiced by famous TV presenters, actors and announcers; as well as an answer form. As in previous years, after writing the Dictation, each participant will receive an individual number in order to find out their results in the future. Thus, we will try to make sure that the online format does not spoil the impression of the event for those who want to take the Dictation in the traditional way.

Regardless of the format of the event, the venue must be pre-registered on the website The registration of venues will last until November 10, 2020. We also remind you that everyone can take part in the Dictation online at It starts on the same day as the offline Dictation. It will be possible to write the Dictation in online format until 14:00 (Moscow time) on December 6, 2020. The participants will be provided with an online form with the Dictation questions. You can find out your result immediately after passing the test. No prior registration is required.

The Geographical Dictation of the Russian Geographical Society has been held annually, starting in 2015. The participants of the event anonymously answer questions about the geography of Russia. These can be both questions on knowledge of well-known facts from geography, as well as tasks requiring the use of creative thinking, logic, deep erudition.

In 2019, about 330 thousand people took part in the Geographical Dictation; more than 100 thousand wrote the Dictation online. The total number of the event participants was more than 420 thousand people, which is 1.2 times more than the number of participants in 2018. The Geographical Dictation took place in all regions of Russia, as well as in 106 foreign countries. The knowledge of geography was tested on all continents except Antarctica, and even on the International Space Station. In Russia, the Republic of Bashkortostan became the leader in the number of dictation venues. There the Dictation was organized in 730 institutions and organizations. The second place went to the Krasnodar Territory - there were 529 venues; the third place belongs to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) - 317. The leaders in the number of venues among foreign countries are Ukraine - 22 venues, Kazakhstan - 16, Turkey and the Republic of Belarus - 9 each, China - 10 venues.