The Regional Bee

For most, the Regional Bee is the formidable fourth obstacle—after the Classroom, School, and District Bee—that must be conquered before earning a coveted spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Regional Bee is generally the hardest pre-national bee to win, and usually only the first-place winner earns an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition.

The Regional Bee is the final bee you will have to get through before the national competition, and it’s by far the most dangerous.

Now that that’s out of the way: you can certainly prepare so that you have a great chance to win. So, how do you go about training if you want to be crowned your region’s champ? Don’t know where to start? Let’s break it down into five main parts:

  • Understand the rules and format of the competition.
  • Memorize Words of the Champions, the Scripps-provided pre-national bee study list.
  • Learn the past Regional Additional Words in this guide and words from the Consolidated Word List.
  • Look at word lists from specific past Regional Bees and/or Regional Bee-type lists, including the Supplemental Study Words in this guide; use those to practice analyzing and spelling unfamiliar words in case you get a word you don’t know on stage.
  • Have a study game plan, use effective study tactics and techniques, know how to handle Bee Day, be able to apply basic general orthographical rules, and be able to apply basic language rules for the major languages.