In 1998, Jody-Anne Maxwell of Jamaica became the first person of African descent and the first spelling champion from outside the United States to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
At the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee, 284 spellers took the Preliminaries Test. That test contained 12 Round One spelling words, 12 Round One vocabulary questions, a Round Two vocabulary question and a Round Three vocabulary question for a total potential score of 30 points. Additionally, spellers who spelled correctly onstage during Rounds Two and Three of the Bee had an opportunity to earn an additional three points for each correct spelling. Here’s the catch: If a speller misspelled in either Round Two or Round Three, the speller was eliminated from the competition. A total of 45 spellers qualified for the Finals by earning at least 27 points in the Preliminaries. Click below to try your hand at the actual 2016 Preliminaries Test and see if you could have qualified for the Finals.
In order to take part in the online Preliminaries experience, your computer must have:
- a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768;
- Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer 6 or newer;
- Flash 9 or newer, and
- Adobe Reader (for printing your score report only).