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  • Format Change

    After much discussion and consideration, the format of the 2020 El Paso Regional Spelling Bee is changing to reflect the national competition, which will better prepare the winner for the Scripps Bee in May. The preliminary round will now consist of a written spelling and vocabulary test, which will be conducted in the morning. The 40-minute test will narrow the field by half and the remaining candidates will participate in the finals at 1 p.m.

    The composition of the test is as follows: 

    • Words 1 – 20: Spelling words from 2020 Words of the Champions

    • Words 21 – 25: Spelling words from Merriam-Webster Unabridged 

    • Words 26 – 45: Vocabulary questions based on words from 2020 Words of the Champions 

    • Words 46 – 50: Vocabulary questions based on words from Merriam-Webster Unabridged

    Tips from Scripps:

    The 2020 School Spelling Bee Study List is divided into three levels of difficulty: One Bee, Two Bee and Three Bee. Students should start with the words at their skill level. In general, we recommend level One Bee for lower elementary (grades 1 through 3), Two Bee for upper elementary (grades 4 through 6), and Three Bee for middle school (grades 7 and 8).

    When spellers are comfortable with the words at their starting difficulty level, they are ready to learn the remainder of the 2020 School Spelling Bee Study List, which includes all three levels. We went to three difficulty levels instead of eight grade levels to allow teachers more freedom in selecting the right difficulty level for their students. By not limiting themselves to grade level, both teachers and students have more flexibility to focus on the words that are right for them.

    Once a student has mastered the 450 words on the 2020 School Spelling Bee Study List, he or she is ready for the complete Words of the Champions booklet (4,000 words). Words of the Champions, as well as our official dictionary, Webster’s Unabridged, will be the best resources in preparation for your final bee.

    If you have specific questions about the Bee, email Scripps at www.spellingbee.com/contact


    Schedule of Events

    Friday, March 6

    7:30 a.m. Check-in & packet pick up in the theater

    9 a.m. Written spelling & vocabulary exam in the cafeteria

    1 p.m. Finals in the theater


    Registration link opens

    Dec. 2, 2019 

    Deadline to register is Feb. 3, 2020