2019 Talent Show – Spelling Bee Rules

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Spelling Bee Rules

Words for Spelling Bee

  • The Word list will be provided to the contestants, after they register for the contest.
  • The Spelling Bee contest will be based on the given wordlist only.
  • However, in case of a tie breaker, the judges have the right to pronounce the words from outside the given word list.
  • All words will be from our Official Dictionary – Merriam-Webster Unabridged.

Three levels of competition in Spelling Bee. 

Level – 1 – Spelling Bee: Grades 1 and 2 (Contestants must know the words for both Grades 1 and 2 from the provided words List)

Level – 2 – Spelling Bee: Grades 3, 4 and 5 (Contestants must know the words up-to Grade 5 from the provided words List)

Level – 3 – Spelling Bee : Grades 6, 7 and 8 (Contestants must know all the words in the provided words List)


  • The Preliminaries takes place at the regional level and is the first of two distinct segments of the competition, Preliminaries and Finals.
  • The Preliminaries consists of a written test and one round of oral spelling onstage.
  • Written Test
    • The written test will contain a set of words which will be pronounced to the contestants.
    • The instructor will pronounce the words.
    • The contestant will write the spelling of each word in the answer sheet.
    • The contestants are expected to write clearly and legibly.
    • There will not be any partial or negative marks. Full marks will be given for the correct answer and zero for incorrect answers.
    • The shortlisted contestants will advance to the oral round.
  • Oral round


  • The Judges will pronounce a word to the contestant on stage.
  • The contestant has to Spell the word and pronounce it.
  • The contestant can request the following from the Judges:
    • have the word pronounced again
    • definition, language origin, parts of speech, or a usage of the word in a sentence (These are additional information and will be provided only on demanded by the contestant).
  • A Total of one minute will be given to the contestant to Spell the word.
  • The judges will award one mark for the correct answer and zero for an incorrect answer.


Shortlisted contestants from the regional preliminaries will participate in the Finals.

The Finals takes place on the Holiday celebration stage, and is the second of two distinct segments of the competition, Preliminaries, and Finals.

The Finals consists of rounds of oral spelling, until a champion is declared, or co-champions are declared. All spellers who have not been eliminated from the competition spell one word in each round. Upon incorrectly spelling a word during an oral spelling round, the speller is eliminated from the competition. All spellers eliminated in the same round are tied for the same place.

Round Limit and Provision for Declaration of Co-Champions: There will be a limit on the consecutive rounds based on the time limit and other factors. At the end of a round when it is impossible for a single champion to emerge, the remaining spellers in the competition will be declared co-champions.

Official Dictionary and Source of Words

Merriam-Webster Unabridged, available at http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com, is the final authority and sole source for the spelling of words; the primary source used to craft the pronunciations, definitions and language origins for the Bee; and the only authority consulted by officials, as well as the sole source used during the Bee to verify the information in our prepared lists. If more than one spelling is listed for a word, any of these spellings will be accepted as correct if the following three criteria are met: (1) the pronunciations are identical, (2) the definitions are identical, and (3) the words are identified as being variants of each other. Spellings having temporal labels (such as archaic, obsolete), stylistic labels (such as substand, nonstand ) or regional labels (such as North, Midland, Irish) that differ from main entry spellings not having these status labels will not be accepted as correct.