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Why is the vocabulary contest conducted?

Vocabulary implies knowing the “meaning of words” in the English language. It is the next step and perhaps even a concurrent step, while learning to spell, which is required to gain mastery over the language. This Contest is designed to give an early start to a student's preparation for the PSAT and SAT exams. SAT score is one of the important criteria used by the colleges in the US in awarding undergraduate admissions and scholarships. Youngsters can be good at English vocabulary by making a concerted effort over 4 to 5 years. Preparation for the NSF Vocabulary Bee can also help to prepare for the nation-wide Reader’s Digest Vocabulary Challenge.

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Can my child participate in both Spelling and Vocabulary?

Yes. A child can compete in both Spelling and Vocabulary Bees, if she/he satisfies grade requirements as per NSF rules. There is no lower grade limit for Junior Vocabulary or Spelling bee.

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How can my children prepare for the NSF Vocabulary Bee contest?

See the section on Vocabulary Preparation

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Can a Junior Vocabulary contestant also participate in the Intermediate Vocabulary Bee?

No, a participant can only participate in one Vocabulary bee and in one regional center only. Eligible contestants from the regional competitions will be invited into the same bee for the NSF National Finals event.

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Can a child in Kindergarten (KG) participate in the Junior Vocabulary Bee?

Yes, a child in KG is allowed to participate in the Junior Vocabulary Bee, on an equal basis without any special privileges. Parents should bring young children into the contest with the primary aim of getting them familiar with the Bee. Over the last several years many young children have participated and done exceedingly well in various contests.

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What words are used for each level?

Beginner level words are generally used for Junior Vocabulary Bee. Intermediate and Advanced words are generally used for Intermediate Vocabulary Bees. The words used for the Intermediate Vocabulary contests are consistent with the SAT level. This is intentionally done to align with the NSF goal of helping children do well in the SAT in high school.

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How can I register for the NSF Vocabulary Bee contest?

Online registration via Regionals Homepage is generally available, starting early January. You can also refer to the Regional Contest Calendar or ask your Regional Coordinator about registration deadlines and contest dates.

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