CREST International Spell Bee - Winter

CREST International Spell Bee - Winter

About CREST International Spell Bee Winter Competition

CREST International Spell Bee (Winter 2021) is India’s first Online Spelling Assessment for classes 1-8 which assesses students on the basis of Meaning, Spelling and Pronunciation of the words in English language. Hence, it will help students to foster their lexical development which forms the basis of English language.
Other important points to note about CREST International Spell Bee (Winter 2021) are:

  • The assessments have been carefully designed by a team of English language experts.
  • India’s first online proctored Spell Bee exam (Winter 2021).
  • Online 'Get, Set, Spell!' round.
  • One level of exam.
  • Objective-type test that the students need to complete in 60 minutes.
  • The dictionary which will be used for reference is Oxford Learner's Dictionary. This will be w.r.t. spellings & meanings. In case, if the word is not found in this dictionary, then it is assumed that this word does not exist.
  • The accent used in all the audio questions will be Indian.

The exam consists of two sections:

  • Section-1: Spell Bee (55 minutes) - Multiple Choice Questions
  • Section-2: Get, Set, Spell! (5 minutes) - Audio based questions. The student needs to hear the sentence and write the spelling asked

Why CREST International Spell Bee (Winter 2021)?

Can we imagine living in a muted world or a world where there is no defined meaning for the words we are speaking? It would be a chaos and meaningless world. Wouldn't it be? Hence, we all do realise the importance of all the words that we read, write or speak on a daily basis in our day to day life. And this even proves that without proper words, our life would be very difficult.

For building the foundation of our language skills even knowing the basic words like 'a', 'the', etc. are important. Even though there isn’t a strong link between a word spelling and intelligence but spellings are essential to comprehend things. Knowing spellings is that one skill which stays with us for our entire life.

In our day-to-day life we must have heard this sentence quite often that "his/her vocabulary is so good". Now, how to make our vocabulary strong? For this, Spell Bee examinations are necessary. They enhance students' vocabulary and making them capable of putting across their thoughts more clearly with uninvited advice. Studying for Spell Bee examinations makes us realize our potential mistakes in confusing spellings like Accommodate, Misspell, Pronunciation, Calendar, Privilege, Embarrass and many more.

Difference between Traditional Spell Bee and CREST International Spell Bee Competition

Traditional Spell Bee CREST International Spell Bee Winter Competition
Focus on dictionary set of words just as if you are learning a dictionary Focus on words based on categories that are needed for students of a specific grade
Conducted in offline mode i.e. through Pen & Paper Conducted online. Listening based questions are administered
A few which conducts online Spell Bee are not proctored Completely proctored online exam through webcam
Quite a few traditional Spell Bee exams focus only on spellings and dictation type words Focus is on evaluating spellings, meanings and pronunciation. Hence, the questions are developed based on the factors one cares about
No free trial Have tried to make the questions fun. Hence, we encourage you to take a free trial of how actual Spell Bee is going to look like
No practice papers are provided 2 full-length practice papers are provided


  • There are separate question papers for each and every class.
  • The exam is conducted online only using laptop, desktop or tablet with a high speed Internet connection and webcam. Also, headsets are required because the test will have a few audio-based questions. Please note that the test can't be taken using a mobile device.
  • For students of class 1, the parent/teacher can assist the child in guiding through the questions.
  • In case the registration is not through a school, the student will have to take the exam from home.

Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern of all the Subjects are given. To check the full list of Marking Scheme and Exam Pattern, go here.

How to Participate

Registration of Students through schools: Students from classes 1-10 are eligible to give CREST Olympiads. Prospectus containing the registration forms are sent to all schools registered with CREST Olympiads. If your school is not registered with us, then please send an email to and we will send you the prospectus soon. It is mandatory for schools to return the registration forms to CREST Olympiads, duly filled in and complete in all respects by the due date.

Registration for individual participants: If your school does not conduct Olympiads, then you can register as an individual participant as well. The link for the online registration for individual participants is here.

Exam Fee

Exam fee for each subject is Rs. 225 for students studying and enrolling from India. For students studying and residing outside of India, the fee is $15 (US Dollars).

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Exam Dates

The exams dates for CREST International Spell Bee - Winter (CSBW) for the Academic Year 2022-23 are as given below:
Exam Level Exam Date Answer Key Dates
Practice 2 20th Dec 2022 22nd Dec 2022 till 23rd Dec 2022
Level 1 3rd Jan 2023, 7th Feb 2023 10th Feb 2023 till 11th Feb 2023

For other subjects, check the schedule here


Awards will be given to the participants performing exceptionally well in the Olympiads. To check the full list of Awards and recognitions to be given to each participant, please check here.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions, please refer here.