are you the next Scripps National Spelling Bee champion?

It takes hard work and dedication to earn the title of best speller in the world! These are our top tips for success at every level, from classroom to school and regional to national levels.

Scripps National Spelling Bee stage with the Scripps Cup trophy

for a classroom or school spelling bee

The School Spelling Bee Study List includes 450 words that you should study to prepare for a School Spelling Bee. It begins with first grade words and gets progressively more difficult as it continues to eighth grade. When spellers are comfortable with the words at their grade level, they are ready to learn the remainder of the School Spelling Bee Study List, which includes all eight grade levels.


Will vocabulary be included in your competition? Be sure to study the School Spelling Bee Study List with Definitions, featuring parts of speech and definitions for each word. Teachers at enrolled schools have access to all study materials. Ask your teacher for your study list today!

for a regional qualifier or regional spelling bee

Is your speller advancing beyond the school level? It's time to tackle Words of The Champions. Words of The Champions contains a total of 4,000 words, including the 450-word School Spelling Bee Study List. The study list is divided into One Bee, Two Bee and Three Bee difficulty levels.


Any word on this list may be asked in competitions taking place beyond the school level. Remember, although spelling bees begin with words from the study guide, they often end with words you haven't studied. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Suggested Rules for Spelling Bees before your big day.

Dr. Jacques Bailly pronouncer of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

advice from the pronouncer himself

Spellers at all levels can benefit from reading some words of wisdom from official Bee pronouncer and 1980 Champion, Dr. Jacques Bailly.

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get the words you need to succeed

Words of the Champions is the official study resource of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Prepare for a classroom, school, regional qualifier or regional spelling bee with this list of 4,000 words that includes all 450 words in the School Spelling Bee Study List.


Teachers at enrolled schools have access to Words of the Champions. Not a teacher? Words of the Champions is available as a Kindle ebook and paperback on Amazon.

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join the club

With the free Word Club app for mobile devices and tablets, students can have fun while mastering the Words of the Champions study list. Choose from five spelling play modes and three vocabulary play modes. Track your progress as you conquer the School Spelling Bee Study List and Words of the Champions!

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find your study words on the pages of great stories

Every year, the Bee curates the Great Words, Great Works book list, a selection of 36 titles chosen for their rich vocabulary and engaging content. You can read all 450 words on the School Spelling Bee Study List within the context of these great books!