Geographical Dictation of the RGS to Take Place in Any Epidemiological Situation

Фото: Алексей Михайлов
Фото: Алексей Михайлов

The Geographical Dictation - 2020 will take place in any epidemiological situation. The on-site Dictation venues will be able to conduct the event online if epidemiological situation worsens due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The participants who have pre-registered at a venue will receive a special link, by clicking which they will be able to write the Dictation at home.

Currently, the site is registering venues for the Geographical Dictation - 2020. Any organizations - schools, universities, libraries, museums, national parks and others - can apply to hold the Dictation within their walls on November 29, 2020. The registration of venues will last until November 10, 2020.

Due to the likelihood of a worsening of epidemiological situation in certain regions of Russia because of COVID-19, the Russian Geographical Society will give venues the opportunity to quickly change the format of the event from on-site to remote. If it is necessary to conduct the Dictation online, starting from mid-October to November 23, 2020, the venue manager can choose the "Holding the Geographical Dictation remotely due to the introduction of restrictions in the region" in the properties of the registered venue in the personal account on the website


Фото: Алексей Михайлов

After November 23, an individual link for conducting the event online will be available in the personal account of the venues that have chosen the remote method of organizing the Dictation. The venue manager will provide this link to participants who have pre-registered on this venue.

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. 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.

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.


Фото: Алексей Михайлов
Фото: Алексей Михайлов

The venues will be able to conduct remote Dictation only on November 29, 2020, from 12:00 to 13:00 local time. If restrictions are not introduced in the region, the venues will hold the Dictation traditionally, in the on-site format, at the same time.

Note, that regardless of the format of the event, the venue must be pre-registered on the website

We also remind you that everyone can take part in the Dictation online at It starts on the same day as the offline Dictation, but lasts for several days. 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.