The schedule for the Preliminaries (the Round One Preliminaries Test as well as Rounds Two and Three of onstage spelling) will be announced once the number of RSVBee participants becomes clear.


Regardless of the number of RSVBee participants, the rules are not changing from the 2017 National Finals for advancing to the Thursday Finals. Students will earn points through a multiple-choice test and through the onstage spelling in Round 2 and Round 3 to earn a Preliminaries score. The scores will determine the no more than 50 spellers who will advance to the Thursday Finals.