Regional Bee Practice Lists

Practice these lists to prepare for your Regional Bee’s off-list section.

WHAT IS THIS?: These lists are intended give you experience with Regional Bee-type words and boost your chance of winning your upcoming bee. They’re specifically designed for the Regional Bee but can also apply to any other level, including the National Bee.

They consist of words used in past Regional Bees, words from Regional Bee study guides, or words from various Regional Bee-oriented resources. Generally, the words on these lists are of approximately the same difficulty as Regional Additional Words, and are great candidates to show up in future Regional Bees.

TASK: Use these lists to practice analyzing and spelling unfamiliar words. This will improve your chances in case you get a word you don’t know on stage.

At least a few times before Bee Day, spell these lists’ words before you’ve become acquainted with them (ideally by having someone quiz you). Practice asking questions, using your reasoning skills, and spelling aloud, just like you’ll do at your bee. The more you do this, the better you’ll be at tackling unfamiliar words, and the better your chances of spelling correctly will be if you get a word you don’t know on stage.

The point of this task is to give you more experience with learning and analyzing Regional Additional-type words. This’ll help familiarize you with the type of words you’ll be given, ensure you know what to expect, and mentally prepare you to spell words you’re not already familiar with.

When you feel confident in your ability to analyze and conquer those unfamiliar words, memorize the words from these lists.

If you have the Regional Additional Word Archive, study the 1,500 Supplemental Study Words before any of these lists. I carefully handpicked each of these based on years upon years of data and trends from past Regional Bees, and every one of them is a very, very great candidate to appear in a future Regional Bee. They were also chosen due to the fact they have many relatable qualities, meaning they can teach you a lot about how words work in general; the benefits of this are enhanced if you try spelling them before you’ve studied them. Since they’re collectively a lot more likely to show up and better at teaching you about words, and, as a result, would boost your study efficiency, I’d recommend studying these words first.

IMPORTANT: While it’d be smart to memorize these lists, they’re not meant to be all-encompassing study resources for the Regional Bee’s off-list section. While the words on these lists each have a good shot to show up at your bee, there are simply not enough of them to provide you with a foundation broad enough to ensure you excel with the Additional Words at your Regional Bee. To see which resources you should memorize, click here.

List Word Count


2009 State Spelling Bee 185
2012 Central Oklahoma State Spelling Bee 11
2015 Central Oklahoma State Spelling Bee 55

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