We currently offer two categories of products: phonetics rule books and wordlists. We will be offering more products as we prepare them, so please check back every month or two for new material.
These booklets are meant to help you take the guesswork out of many words that follow a pattern, and consequently reduce the number of words you actually have to memorize. They also contain some words from the language to practice on. You can purchase our phonetics books at the following links on Amazon:
The Patel Spelling Prep Master Wordlists contains the vast majority of the words that we used to prepare while Samir was in the spelling bee. At that time, there were not any wordlists available that were comprehensive enough for serious preparation. So we employed a variety of methods to find words, from looking through the dictionary to studying various languages and finally, using proprietary algorithms thought up by Sudhir, my husband (he’s a former engineer). After five years of expanding and refining the word list, we got it to a point where we believed the only way to find additional words would be to read every page of the dictionary.
Our analysis indicates that the words in our master list consistently cover 90% of words asked in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, either directly or indirectly (i.e. via addition of a suffix, prefix, etc). Thus, it is a study option that helps you maximize the productivity of your time – rather than leafing through the entire dictionary, you can breeze through this list and have a high probability of doing very well at any level of competition.
The wordlist is broken into volumes as follows.
- Volume 0 consists of over 6,000 basic English words like “abandon” and “trampoline” that will serve as suitable study material for a young child entering their first school spelling bees.
- Volumes 1 through 5 (9,000 words each) are designed to help a speller start preparing for their regional bee and the early rounds of a national bee.
- Volumes 6 through 10 (2,400 words each) become more challenging, with words that we think might be asked in the mid-rounds of a national bee.
- Volumes 11 through 15 (1,800 words each) contain some truly esoteric words that are good candidates for final rounds or “knockout” words interspersed in early rounds.
We present the words in both randomized and alphabetical order to allow you to study both ways depending what works for you. When I coached Samir, we used randomized lists.
We recommend buying one book at a time. For spellers just looking to make it to Scripps or North South You can purchase our phonetics books at the following links on Amazon: