Changes To The National Spelling Bee

(credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

mattleman_125 Education Reports
Read More

By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - If you know how to spell guetapens, last year’s winning word in the National Spelling Bee, that’s great. But, if you’re a contestant this year, you have to know what it means.

The Bee began in 1925 and has been held every year late in May or early June – open to those who have not yet completed 8th grade, and are nominated by their schools.

The new rules involve more than spelling, but a commitment to increase vocabulary, learn concepts and develop good word usage. The new format will include a multiple choice computer-based test to be completed in 45 minutes, which will help organizers identify competitors.

Other changes involve the elimination of contestants in rounds two and three if a word is misspelled. Spellers take turns and the last remaining contestant is the winner.

The Bee is exciting. Watch ESPN live on May 30th.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 38,871 other followers