Bee Archives

Welcome to the Bee Archives! Description is below. Select which competition you’d like to investigate:

2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee

2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee

All (1925-2019)


The Bee Archives are a consolidation of information about past Scripps National Spelling Bees. I’ve gradually accumulated the material on this section over the course of more than a decade of spelling bee involvement. Here, you’ll find

  • all Scripps’ official files for each national competition since 2008, including
    • the results of each round
    • each Preliminaries Test, Semifinals Test, and Tiebreaker Test administered
    • exclusive study guides
    • lists of semifinalists, finalists, and championship finalists
    • summarized results and statistics
    • various information about the bee and more
  • lists of all the words asked in every round in every bee since 2008*
  • the top finishers in each competition since 2008
  • important stats and figures I’ve found through analyzing each bee’s data
  • information for every Scripps National Spelling Bee in history (from 1925 to 2019), including every champion and every winning word
  • much more!

*Based on statistical analysis and trends from past bees, the words used in the national competitions from 2008 through 2019 are collectively projected to contain

  • about 55.0% of the off-list words that will be used in future pre-national competitions, and
  • about 49.3% of the off-list words in future National Bees

Nearly all files in this section were either directly provided to me or a student in my coaching program by Scripps, or were publicly released by Scripps and later taken down. Most files aren’t available anywhere else online and are exclusively on!

What’s The Point?

I’m hoping that making the Bee Archives available to the public will

  • help you see what the national competition is like, in terms of format and difficulty, at all stages
  • provide tons of material to study and test yourself with in order to prepare for any level of competition (try using a Preliminaries Test Form from some year to see if you’d score well enough to make the Finals!)
  • promote and help anyone to celebrate the extraordinary history of the Bee

I’ve spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours across several years formatting, organizing, and tweaking every last page and file in this section—I sincerely hope it helps you in your Bee journey!

To my fellow logophiles: thank you for sharing my love for words, and keep on being a Spelling Champ! You’re awesome!!! 🙂


Jacques Bailly of Denver, Colorado wins the 1980 Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling elucubrate. Nowadays, he’s “Dr. Bailly,” the official pronouncer of the Bee widely beloved by the spelling community.

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