New to NSB

Are you new to spelling? Don't know where to start? Follow the steps below to find out what your speller should be studying!

1)      School & Classroom Bees

Master Scripps' Class & School Spelling Bee Study List. If a bee runs out of words, "off-list" words are used to determine a winner. We recommend Spell Buddy books for off-list study.

2)      District, County, Region, & State Bees

District and County Bees usually start with a combination of the Scripps' Class & School Spelling Bee Study List and the Scripps' Spell It! list. Region and State Spelling Bees generally start with Spell It words and then go off-list after several rounds.

3)      National Spelling Bee

Make sure you learn the off-list words provided by Scripps to spellers attending the National Bee. You can download these words when you register with Scripps on the National Spelling Bee website about the 2nd week of April. This list contains approximately 600 of the off-list words given at various Regional or State bees.

For additional study for the National Bee, continue reading!

4)      Download After-a-Spell

This is a Round-by-Round report of the last spelling bee in Washington so you can better understand where the words in each round come from and how Hexco products fared.

5)      Grow Your Word Bank

We recommend that you expand your spelling foundation to about 30,000+ words.

Top word lists ranked from beginner to advanced:

  • Spell Buddy – 7,951 words total - organized by grade level
  • Paideia – 11,818 words total - organized by Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced levels
  • Verbomania – 13,398 words total - random sequence with index or alpha sequence
  • New Nat's Notes – 18,067 words total - random sequence with index or alpha sequence
  • Blitz List – 9,000 words total - random sequence
  • Webster Detector – 2,506 words total - random sequence

Use the "Look Inside" feature for any of the printed products to determine which product is best for your speller! The eMentor products are in the same order as the printed books.

6)      Enhance Your Word Knowledge

Improve your performance by mastering spelling rules, etymology, and vocabulary.

Top products for building word foundation:

7)      eMentor Portal

If you are considering any of our products in the eMentor format, sign up for a free demo to see how it works. This platform will help spellers master words with a customized, state-of-the-art portal. Includes audio!

8)      Consider Spelling Coaching

In addition to the Personal Spelling Coaching Program, we also offer several online group courses: Bee-Ginner Circle for beginner spellers, Fast Track to Spelling for intermediate spellers, Bee Bound for spellers preparing for region levels, and for spellers going to the National Spelling Bee, our Crash Course!

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