MastiSpell 2018 : FAQ Contents


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When is MastiSpell2018?

Mark your calendars -- MastiSpell2018 - Jr. Spelling Bee will be conducted on Saturday 16 June, 2018. Please note that MastiSpell is conducted in a public school auditorium. While it is in our spellers and our best interest that we adhere to the announced date/venue, please note that there may be a change in the date/venue depending on County rules and regulations as well as inclement weather conditions. In case of date and/or venue change, MastiSpell Organizers will make every attempt to inform registered spellers of the change in a timely manner.


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Why conduct a JUNIOR Spelling Bee?

You must have noticed that almost all Spelling Bees cater to the Grade V-VIII category. The eagerness for spelling bees, however, is felt at a much younger age and we felt that we must create a platform to encourage the budding spellers as well.


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Why not have the Written Quiz conducted by pronouncing the word and having spellers write the word, instead of the multiple-choice method?

The logistics of conducting a Written Quiz for a larger audience was taken into consideration as well as the varying ages of the participants. In order to give students of all ages a fair chance at all the questions in this preliminary round, we decided to have it in the written mode. Thus speed of answering is not a criterion for success as well as audibility difficulties in a larger auditorium does not hamper individuals’ chances of success.


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Can a K-level and 1st Grade speller be expected to focus for 30-45 minutes? Is there a precedent where an exam exists for such young kids that demands this attention span?

Yes. While focusing for a period of 30-45 minutes on one task, at that young age, could be considered as a difficult accomplishment, we have observed this requirement to be a norm rather than an exception especially for some Standardized tests conducted at that age level. E.g. The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® (38 questions in 30 minutes + 10 minutes for other non-test questions)


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Why don't the Picto-spells have pictures in color instead of black&white?

We have strived to make the pictorial depiction as unambiguous as possible. Wherever possible we have attempted to make color representations.


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Why isn't the competition split by grade? OR split in 2 groups "K-2" v/s "Grade 3 and 4"?

To simplify the process of conducting the elimination round and final rounds, we have decided to not further segregate the contestants either by age or grade. Please note that while this may mean that elder and/or advanced grade students will have a higher chance of winning the championship, let us not ignore the fact that there have been junior grade challengers and winners in Spelling Bees.


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Is the participation limited to Schools within the United States?

We are currently not limiting participation by any national boundaries. While we have mentioned "United States" as our target geographical region, there is nothing stopping a student from another country from participating and/or flying back with the championship prize. In its nine years -- MastiSpell has attracted top spellers from TWENTY states in US as well as India and China.


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What kind of documentation can a Public/Private or Parochial schooled student show as proof of grade?

Any student participating in the Jr. Spelling Bee must be able to furnish when requested, as "Proof of Grade Level" -- either a recent report card, or other verification of grade placement.


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Why is the written elimination exam i.e. Round One, on paper and not online on computer?

Finding correct spellings is too easy on a Computer with or without the access to internet. In light of this, although technologically feasible, we could not justify the implementation of online Spelling Examinations.


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Will these competitions prepare children for the Scripps Spelling Bee?

These competitions are very much in line with the local School Bees already conducted in Schools around the country. It is our wish that these competitions will inspire the kids at a younger age and perhaps hone their skills to more Bee successes (including the Scripps) in their future years. Scripps qualifiers have so far included over FIFTY MastiSpellers over past nine years.


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How will we handle any case of disagreement of parents regarding the results?

Please refer to MastiSpell Rules and Regulations.


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What is the suggested preparation for this competition?

The official study dictionary for this competition is Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary. Any words listed in this dictionary may be considered for this contest (written and initial oral rounds). Buying this one book will be a good investment for this Bee and afterwards as well. Additional books are mentioned in the Links Section. Children would love to see the two movies also provided in the Links Section. Please note that during the final oral rounds, at the discretion of the Judges, words may be asked from Webster's Third New International Dictionary. Any words listed in this dictionary may also be considered for this contest in the FINAL ORAL ROUNDS ONLY.


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What is the registration fee structure?

We are charging a nominal registration fee for the speller to participate in MastiSpell 2018. Each speller is required to be accompanied by at least ONE registered Parent/Guardian. Please note that we are charging Parents/Guardians or 'Other Spectators' as well as Kid-Spectators a small amount to cover event expenses.


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Who would belong to the 'Other Spectator' participant type?

We encourage you to provide us an accurate head-count of all the members of the speller's family who plan to accompany the speller to the Jr. Spelling Bee event MastiSpell 2018. While the categories of 'Speller', 'Parent' and 'Guardian' are self-explanatory, we request you to use the 'Other Spectator' category for any other member of your family, e.g. for siblings, uncles/aunts, grandparents, etc.


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I have registered my child (or student) for MastiSpell2018. When can I expect a registration confirmation email from MastiSpell Organizers?

1. Please note that the email printout of "Receipt for your payment to Better Education Endowment" from Paypal is your ONLY proof of registration confirmation. We request you bring a printout of that email at the event. On validation, you will be admitted to the event.
2. MastiSpell Organizers will communicate periodically with all registered spellers beginning October 2017.


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What are the MUST HAVE documents to be taken to the Event Registration Desk?

1. PROOF OF GRADE : To be fair to all participants we are requiring "Proof of Grade" to be available at the time of registration. Please do not forget to bring a document showing evidence of participant's grade, upon failure of which the child may be denied admission to the competition.
2. Paypal Purchase email.


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Are kids of all grades expected to take the same written test?

While the first 3 sections of the Jr. Spelling Bee - Written test will be the same for all grades, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders will have two additional sections to answer.


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In all how many spellers will get prizes?

For the Jr. Spelling Bee -- in addition to the Grand Championship Prize ($1000), Runner-Up and Second-Runner-Up prizes; there will be Cash Prizes for top THREE Grade Level winners for ALL grades. This brings the total number of prizes for the Jr. Spelling Bee to 18.


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Can a speller get more than one prize?

In order to be fair-to-all and to allow the broadest range of distribution of existing prizes, we will make every attempt to implement a policy to Limit One Prize per Speller.


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What are "MastiWords Lists"? How many and when should registered spellers expect these?

  • In order to better prepare your budding speller for the MastiSpell competition and acknowledging the fact that this may be the first Spelling-Bee that he/she will be attending, we periodically email lists of words called "MastiWords Lists".
  • For Jr. Spelling Bee we will be broadcasting SIX lists totaling 400+ words starting in December 2017.
    • The MastiWords JrBee List-I has been communicated to ALL registered spellers starting 1st December 2017 - starting preparations SIX+ months prior to the BEE!
    • The MastiWords JrBee List-II will be communicated to ALL registered spellers on/before 16th January 2018.
    • The MastiWords JrBee List-III will be communicated to ALL registered spellers on/before 16th February 2018.
    • The MastiWords JrBee List-IV will be communicated to ALL registered spellers on/before 16th March 2018.
    • The MastiWords JrBee List-V will be communicated to ALL registered spellers on/before 16th April 2018.
    • The MastiWords JrBee List-VI will be communicated to ALL registered spellers on/before 16th May 2018.
  • If you have registered and MORE THAN FOURTEEN DAYS have passed and you have still not received your MastiWords List(s) -- please write to us at bee@mastispell.com with registered Speller details.
  • Please note that upto 20%-40% words from the Written Round may come from these lists.
  • We encourage you to register for MastiSpell2018 as early as possible. Getting the MastiWord List(s) as soon as they are published will give your speller(s) more time to prepare and thus maximize their chances of success at the Bee.
  • To maintain the Honor System, the MastiWords email sent to registered spellers must not be forwarded or disclosed to others via any printed or electronic method.

We wish you all Good Luck in your preparation and hope to see you all at MastiSpell 2018!!!