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New Zealand Spelling Bee Test Week June 18 - 22 2018

[2018-06-18] The link for the new Year 9-10 Pronouncer's Guide and Test has been uploaded to the resources page.  The updated Education Perfect digital online version of the NZSB test will be available tomorrow.  Sorry for any inconvenience. 


The New Zealand Spelling Bee celebrates 14 years of orthography when it starts again in 2018. The Bee helps students gain a love of the English language. It is also an exciting learning journey for students in Years 1–10 to learn words that they can use with confidence for the rest of their life.

Since the event started in 2005, tens of thousands of students have taken part in Classroom Spelling Bees, 2600 have participated in a regional Spelling Bee, more than 200 have travelled to Wellington to compete in a New Zealand Spelling Bee Final and 13 have won the New Zealand Spelling Bee Final.

The New Zealand Spelling Bee has three programmes:

  • the national spelling competition for Years 9-10 students
  • spelling resources for Years 1-10 students
  • four Spelling Bee Teacher Awards worth $2000 each

These programmes are FREE to all New Zealand schools. The New Zealand Spelling Bee wordlists for year 9-10 students will be available in March.  Click here to register.

Online Wordlists and Testing - NEW in 2018

This year Education Perfect is proudly hosting the online version of the New Zealand Spelling Bee.

Education Perfect IconThis means the wordlists for the New Zealand Spelling Bee and the Classroom Spelling Bee are now in an electronic format so that students can access them directly.

Education Perfect has also recorded New Zealand Spelling Bee Pronouncer, Owen Scott pronouncing the words so students can now test themselves whilst learning the wordlists.

Further, the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Test week 18 – 22 June will be available through Education Perfect so that teachers can choose to read the words to their students or their students can do it online. Either way students can do the test through Education Perfect so that teachers no longer have the arduous task of marking all the papers. They can also get a detailed report on their students results.

Teachers wishing to take advantage of this may do so free of charge. Simply fill out this form to receive your complimentary teacher login and register your students or, if you are an existing Education Perfect user, the Spelling Bee resources will already be loaded up in your content library!  (NB. Teachers will still need to register their school on this website using this form).

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