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What is Vocabathon?

Vocabathon is a vocabulary challenge that helps improve cognitive and communication skills by expanding the knowledge of words. Preparation for the Vocabathon and Spellathon go hand in hand because they help students learn all facets of words, starting from the definition, spelling, origin, roots, and usage of words in sentences.

The objective of Vocabathon is to enhance writing skills, improve reading comprehension, and provide a solid foundation as students prepare for competitive exams such as PSAT, SAT, ACT, and other competitive vocabulary challenges such as the nation-wide Reader's Digest Vocabulary Challenge.

Vocabathon FAQs

Vocabathon consists of 2 levels

  • Junior Vocabathon : Grades 1, 2 and 3
  • Senior Vocabathon: Grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

Our competitions are meant to promote academic excellence and recognize students for their talent and hard work. During our competitions, there will be pictures and videos taken which may be posted on our website. Students who wish to participate in our competitions will have to turn in a photo / video release consent form at the time of onsite check-in on the day of the competition.

Students should bring pencils, pens, and erasers to the test.

You may either bring a printed or mobile copy of the registration ticket. During onsite check-in, photo / video consent form has to be submitted, which is a prerequisite to participate in the competition.

  • Enhance writing skills
  • Improve reading comprehension
  • Build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Help lay the foundation in the future preparation for PSAT, SAT and other competitive exams
  • The registered students will receive vocabulary word lists.
  • The word lists will be in accordance to the category levels of the students.
  • The students are expected to study the words and look up and understand the definition of the words.
  • It would be good for students to proactively study sentence formation for the words to help them in comprehension.

Yes, Vocabathon will consist of written/ oral sections

The exam/test will consist of multiple choice questions.

Vocabathon's questions will be tailored to the category, with some extra challenging questions. The objective of this test/exam is to give students exposure to vocabulary that will help them in reading comprehension, improve their writing skills, and also help them in their preparation for Spelling bees. Additionally, this will help set the foundation for other competitive exams such as PSAT and SAT.

Vocabathon will consist of a written section consisting of 30 questions and an oral section consisting of 2 rounds. The contestant has to find the most appropriate meaning of the word. For the written exam/test, 15 words will be selected from the published list (this is the list of words provided to the contestants upon registration), and the remaining 15 words will be from external sources. The oral section will consist of two rounds of which one round will consist of words from the published list and the other round will consist of words from external sources.

Overall exam duration for written and oral sections together will be about 1 hour 15 minutes. The time allocated for written and oral sections will be 50% each,

Sample practice questions for junior and senior categories can be found on WishWin website under Vocabathon section.

The students are expected to arrive 30 minutes before the exam for onsite check-in, seating of students, and explanation of rules.

Parents will not be allowed in the room during the written test. Based on discretion, if space permits, parents may watch the oral section. Parents are requested to pick up their children as soon as the exam is completed and attend the award ceremony after the grading is completed.

Soon after the test/exam, the answers will be evaluated and the winners will be announced during the award ceremony.

Vocabathon Rules, Guidelines and Study Sources

Vocabathon : Rules
  • Vocabathon consists of 2 levels
    • Junior Vocabathon : Grades 1, 2 and 3
    • Senior Vocabathon: Grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Vocabathon for both levels will consist of written and oral sections
  • The written test will consist of 30 words
  • The contestant has to find the most appropriate meaning of the word. 15 words will be selected from the published list (this is the list of words provided to the contestants upon registration), and the remaining 15 words will be from external sources.
  • All the contestants will get the same words.
  • Contest will consist of questions that are multiple choice. The contestants have to circle the appropriate answer choice from the list of multiple choices.
  • Contestants are expected to write clearly and legibly.
  • The contestants have to transfer the answers to the Student Answer Sheet provided at the end of the booklet. NOTE: Answers that have not been transferred to the Student Answer Sheet will not be graded.
  • Contestants are expected to return the entire booklet with the Student Answer Sheet after the test.
  • Overall exam duration for written and oral sections together will be about 1 hour 15 minutes. Initial few minutes will be allocated to explanation of rules. The time allocated for written and oral rounds will be about 50% each,
  • The oral section will consist of two rounds of which one round will consist of words from the published list and the other round will consist of words from external sources.
Vocabathon: Guidelines and Scoring
  • The students are expected to arrive 30 minutes before the test for onsite check-in, seating of students, and explanation of rules.
  • Students are expected to write their names on all the sheets.
  • There will NOT be any partial credits.
  • Contestants will be awarded points for the right answer and zero points for wrong answers
  • There will be NO negative points for any incorrect answer.
  • Scoring: For every correct answer in the first set of 15 questions of the written round, 1 point will be awarded. For every correct answer from questions 16 to 30 of the written round, 2 points will be awarded. For a correct answer in the first round of the oral section, 2 points will be awarded. For a correct answer in the second round of the oral section, 3 points will be awarded. Therefore, the maximum possible score is 50 points.
  • It is the responsibility of the contestants to transfer the answers to the Student Answer Sheet provided at the end of the booklet since this sheet will be used for grading and scoring.
  • The decision of the judges is final.

Note: Parents will not be allowed in the room during the written test/ exam. Based on discretion, if space permits, parents may watch the oral section. Parents are requested to pick up their children as soon as the exam is completed and attend the award ceremony after the grading is completed.

Vocabathon: Study Material and Sources

Vocabathon Study Material:

  • The registered students will receive vocabulary word lists.
  • The word lists will be in accordance to the category levels of the students.
  • The students are expected to study the words and look up and understand the definition of the words.
  • It would be good for students to proactively study sentence formation for the words to help them in comprehension.

Following are some sources that may be used for preparation.

Vocabathon sources for juniors:

Vocabathon sources for seniors:

  • Resources and assignments from school
  • Vocabulary site, www.vocabulary.com
  • Word Power Made Easy: The Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary by Norman Lewis
  • Reader's digest: www.rd.com
  • Etyma Notes and Etyma eMentor from Hexco.
  • SAT practice books (Barron's, Princeton Review, McGraw-Hill Education, Kaplan, Gruber's Complete SAT Guide)
  • Study lists circulated to the students upon registration Definitions from www.m-w.com, www.dictionary.com

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Participants

Results

The intent of Vocabathon is to help build a solid vocabulary foundation and facilitate expanding the knowledge of words.

Congratulations to the students for an exemplary performance!

Prizes
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd place Vocabathon winner trophies for each category
  • Vocabathon participation trophy to the rest of the participants
  • Close to $200 worth books distributed to the top 5 of each category - donated by one of our sponsors - Hexco academic
  • Certificates for all participants of Vocabathon

Junior Vocabathon 2018 ranks

Thejas Prakash Vocabathon 2018 Junior Champion
Pranamya Shrikanth 2nd Rank
Srisai Amaraditya 3rd Rank
Varsha Venkatesh & Aarav Munjal 4 - 5 Ranks
Ananya Kala 6th Rank
Adita Lingam 7th Rank
Chaitan Lingam 8th Rank
Vashish Bhaskar Akula 9th Rank
Santhosh Kavula & Avika Dangar Tied for 10th Place

Senior Vocabathon 2018 Ranks

Suprasada Jagadeeshi Vocabathon 2018 Senior Champion
Sanjana Kavula 2nd Rank
Madhalasa Iyer 3rd Rank
Sia Sreenivasan 4th Rank
Rishi 5th Rank

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