2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee

This year, 285 spellers will compete for the title of 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion.

Competition Schedule

The Preliminaries Test 

Tuesday, May 24
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EDT

All spellers take the Preliminaries Test together in the Maryland Ballroom.

Preliminaries (Round Two)

Wednesday, May 25
8:00 – 11:45 a.m. EDT

Preliminaries (Round Three)

Wednesday, May 25
1:15 – 4:45 p.m. EDT

The Announcement of Finalists will immediately follow the conclusion of Round Three and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.


Thursday, May 26
10:00 a.m. EDT

Finals, continued

Thursday, May 26
8:00 p.m. EDT