New Nat's Notes

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ALL of the words in the final round of the 2019 National Spelling Bee (the year of the 'octo-champs') could be found in New Nat's Notes.

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  • In the year 2019, 88% of finalists at the National Spelling Bee had purchased New Nat's Notes.* (*Or New Nat's eMentor)
  • 94% of finalists had at least some Hexco product.
  • 67% of the Written Round 1 spelling words were in New Nat’s Notes.
  • 50% of the words in Round 4 could be found in New Nat's Notes.*
  • In this same year, we celebrated 22 consecutive years of National Spelling Bee champs to use Hexco products!

New Nat's Notes our largest set of words specifically geared toward those aiming for the highest reaches of spelling competition. As seen in the documentary, Spellbound, New Nat's Notes includes 18,000 words from the original Nat's Notes, with hand-selected difficult words from Paideia and the Consolidated Word List (CWL), as well as words used in regional and National Bees from the 1970s to 2007 (including 7,000 words that are not in CWL!). This time-tested collection is available in alphabetic and random sequence, and all words have pronunciations, definitions, etymology, and all follow the information in the Merriam Webster Third New International Dictionary which is the printed version, not the online version (see 'Update' announcement below). We recommend New Nat's eMentor to get the most updated version of this product!

New Nat's Notes is one of the core volumes utilized in our Personal Spelling Coach program and is highly recommended for those seeking to study a time-tested list of challenging words.

  • Includes phonetic pronunciations, definitions, and etymology
  • 4 volumes, revised in 2012 with etymology and expanded d-stop pronunciations
  • Alphabetic or Random Sequence

Not sure what to order? Watch video on all top Hexco products. Or, read this detailed page on how all of our word list products compare to one another.

NOTES: In 2017, Scripps declared Merriam-Webster's Unabridged online dictionary (subscription) as the new authority for the National Spelling Bee. Currently, we have only updated our eMentor version of this product to reflect these changes. If you are purchasing this printed version, note that the only word spelling that was changed (that we know of), was the word "carosella," which only had one "L" in the printed dictionary, but now has two "L"s!  However, over 20% of the words in this product have some change or another, either the elimination of the d-stop in pronunciation (butter is now only <BUHT.uhr>, and meter is now only <MEET.uhr>), a change in the part of speech (many geographic terms that were defined only as adjectives are now only nouns), the alteration of the ending sound of a word from ‘it’ to ‘uht’ (rabbit/pundit), or other small changes. Click here to order the eMentor version of New Nat's Notes. This product may not be returned.


Want this product with audio? Start with New Nat's eMentor!

FAQ: Should I buy Random or Alpha sequence? Traditionally, studying alphabetically has been the norm and seemingly the most logical since that is how the dictionary is arranged. However, Random sequence New Nat's Notes can be more challenging than Alpha sequence since word prefixes cannot be assumed simply by knowing a word's alphabetical placement. For instance, if a speller has never seen the word gigantic, the first letter could sound like a "j" or a "g”. However, if the speller knew that they were studying in the "g" section, the challenge of spelling the word without a prompt might be missed. Random sequence is enjoyed by parents or coaches who strive to keep assignments varied and interesting while making verbal quizzing sessions more indicative of a student's knowledge.  Click the above links to view inside each product before buying.  Good luck and good spelling!

Check out our After a Spell Newsletter to see how NEW NAT'S NOTES words stack up at the National Spelling Bee.

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1 Review

  • 5
    Very helpful product

    Published by Unknown on 10th May 2011

    This product was very helpful in preparing for the National Spelling Bee. It has many tough words, all with pronunciations, definitions, and origins. I would recommend this book to anyone participating in any spelling bee who wants to do well.

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