At the end of every Classroom or School Bee, there is a set of incredibly challenging “Additional Words” which are intended to whittle down the last spellers in the bee. Per Scripps, these words are selected from no list in particular, so there is no way to study for them.
Thousands of data sets, including decades of old Additional Words and how they compare to other lists such as the Consolidated Word List, Paideia, old School Study Lists, Regional Additional Words , my own lists, and much more, allowed me to develop an algorithm to predict the 2018 Additional Words in the Classroom and School Bee. Hours upon hours of carefully fine-tuning this formula finally produced the numbers to show for it.
Out of the 1,200 words on the School Bee Supplement, 575 were used as past Additional Words in the School or Classroom Bees since 2009, meaning Additional Words are about 48% of the total.
Let’s look at the competition. In the list widely considered to be the best resource for Additional Words, the Consolidated Word List, Additional Words make up only 5% .
I encourage you to see for yourself on the School Bee Supplement (Sample) . The data tables are on the last page.
For any speller wanting to master their Classroom or School Bee, this guide is revolutionary and unrivaled.