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INTERNATIONAL SPELLING BEE SYLLABUS         

Preliminary Round

Round 1- Spell it

This round is the essence of the competition, here participants will listen to a word (handpicked as per their category) and he/she shall spell it correctly. The round will continue till participants answer incorrectly.

Round 2 – Synonyms

There won’t be any limit on the number of questions asked as the round will continue till the participant gives the wrong answer. 

As soon as round 1 ends, round 2 will start, in the second round participants shall spell similar meaning of the displayed word. This round will also end with one wrong answer.

Round 3 – Antonyms

There won’t be any limit on the number of questions asked as the round will continue till the participant gives the wrong answer. For all rounds each correct answer will carry 1 mark. 

As soon as round 1 ends, round 2 will start, in the second round participants shall spell opposite meaning of the displayed word. This round will also end with one wrong answer.


Intermediate Round

Round 1- Spell it

Similar to the Preliminary exam’s round one, here also participants will listen to a word (handpicked as per their category) and he/she shall spell it correctly. The difficulty level will be higher in this round The round will continue till participants answer incorrectly.

Round 2- Find the word from phonetic symbols 

In this round participants will be shown a phonetic symbol of a word on screen participants need to spell the correct word.


Final Round

Round 1- Spell it

Similar to the Preliminary exam’s round one, here also participants will listen to a word (handpicked as per their category) and he/she shall spell it correctly. The difficulty level will be the highest in this round. The round will continue till participants answer incorrectly.

Round 2- Pick wrong letter

This will be a multi-choice question pattern, where from the given four options participants need to pick the wrongly spelled word.

Example:

From which option does a letter need to be removed to make a meaningful word?

(a) accompanist

(b) comparision

(c) conceivable

(d) acquittal

Round 3- Anagrams (rearranging words)

Anagram is a word formed by rearranging the letters of other word. A word will appear on the screen and participants shall spell another meaningful word with the same letters.

Example:

nameless – salesmen

solemn – melons

*In the event of a tie, additional tie-breakers will be introduced by the examiner which will involve the participant’s knowledge in etymology.