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The BLITZ Lists - 88% of finalists at the 2019 National Spelling Bee used the Blitz List
A Finalist and semifinalist favorite, the Blitz List is sure to challenge you with some of the most difficult words in the dictionary! Over the last decade, a fair percentage of words seen at the National Spelling Bee had not been on any published study list and a large number of these words have even escaped many advanced spellers - until now. Collectively, "off-list" words or "words from nowhere," have reached as high as 35-45% of all words given at the National Spelling Bee and Hexco was the first to recognize the growing need to record and identify very difficult words that had never been used at the National Level. Since our first volume, which was released in 2011, some of these words have been seen at the National level and we have since released Volumes 2 and 3, and Volume 4 is underway! Each volume contains 3,000 words!
Blitz List eMentor helps students master all the words in Blitz Lists 1, 2, and 3! This one-of-a-kind spelling mastery portal was engineered by Hexco and effectively replaces our popular Spelling Mentor, but has an attractive and responsive online interface combined with state-of-the-art memory capabilities. Excellent for those who want to learn a large number of words quickly and efficiently.
History of Blitz List and the National Spelling Bee
- Number of words from nowhere: 35%
- When Hexco recognized the high percentage of these types of words in 2011, our word wizards started organizing advanced products to fill this niche, called the Blitz Lists. We planned the release of four Blitz List volumes in total.
- Blitz List 1 was released in this year
- Number of words from nowhere: 44%
- Percent of words from nowhere on Blitz List 1: 17%
- The first and third place winner fielded words from Blitz List 1 to secure their positions.
- Blitz List 2 was released later this year and was available to those going to the 2013 National Spelling Bee.
- Number of words from nowhere: 45%
- Percent of words from nowhere on Blitz List 1 & 2 (in total): 17%
- In 2013, the top 4 all encountered a word from one of the Blitz Lists in the last few rounds. This caused the Rubicon for the third and fourth place winners, but enabled the first and second place contestants to advance.
- 2014 - Blitz List 3 was released.
- 2015 - 64 Words at the National Spelling Bee were found in the Blitz List.
- 2016 - 114 Words at the National Spelling Bee could be found in Blitz Lists 1, 2, and 3. The Blitz List had over 20% of the spelling words in the written round, and 50% of the words in Round 7.
- 2017 - In rounds 7-17, the Blitz List averaged 55% of the words given.
- 2018 - 79 Words at the National Spelling Bee could be found in the Blitz List. Half of the words in Round 9 could be found in the Blitz List. 69% of National Spelling Bee Finalists used the Blitz List.
- The Blitz List had 55% of the words in Rounds 13-18 in 2019.
- Blitz List averaged 48% of the words in Rounds 7-10 at the 2019 National Spelling Bee.
- 52% of the words in Round 8 could be found in one of the Blitz List volumes.
- In 2019, 11% of all spellers had the Blitz List. This number increased to 50% of semifinalists and 88% of the finalists studied words from Blitz.
- Saves missed words until all words are mastered!
- Saves results when you login and log out
- Keeps track of progress
- Contains audio, phonetic pronunciations, word origins, and definitions
- Select “All Words Ever Missed” to make sure you never miss those words again!
- Perfect “All Words Missed on the Last Attempt” (Note, this means your last attempt at the word). Hint: Keep working on words in this list until you get this number down to zero words missed on the last attempt.
- Work on your “Starred Words” – While you are studying, you can “star” words that you want to study more later. (Note, you can “unstar” words at any time)
- Ask for the next letter in a word
- Ask to show the whole word if you don’t know how to spell a word
- Attempt all words in any set at any time to keep perfecting your spelling
- No need for a mouse. Just type and click 'enter' on your keyboard to go through words quickly!
- Browser-based, tracks progress for one user
- Accessible for one year from any browser on a PC or Mac computer (not recommended for phones, tablets, or Chromebooks)
- Subscription-based; good for one year from date of purchase
LEVEL: Advanced to Expert
WORD COUNT: 3,000+ per volume
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