CREST International Spell Bee - Winter Class 8 Previous Year Papers

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Section 1: Spell Bee Words for Class 8

There are a variety of questions based on the following word list and about 70%-80% of questions will come from this list. Different format of questions are available here. The words are alphabetically arranged.

Abbreviation, aberration, abhor, ablution, abominable, aboriginal, abrasive, abstract, abyss, accentuated, accession, accomplice, acquaint, acquaintance, adept, adolescent advantageous, affliction, affluent, ageist, agitation, aglow, agoraphobia, albatross, aloofness, ambiguous, amid, analogy, ancestry, announce, anthropology, antipathy, antiquated, apathetic, apoplexy, appropriation, arachnophobia, arbitrate, archaic, archive, arsenal, artifice, aspiration, aspire, assassination, astounding, astute, atrophy, audacious, avarice, Backlash, behemoth, belligerent, bemuse, benign, beryllium, betrayal, bewitched, bibliography, bicentennial, billionaire, biography, blanch, bondage, boomerang, bougainvillea, brutal, bulldoze, buoyant, bustle, bête noire, Calligraphy, callous, calumny, canny, canvass, captivating, carfare, caricature, cassowary, catalogue, catharsis, caucus, chassis, chastise, chemotherapy, choirboy, chronic, circumscribe, circumvent, claustrophobia, clergy, coherent, coiffure, collage, collision, colossal, combustion, commemorate, commend, commensurate, complementary, complimentary, composed, composure, comrade, conceited, concentric, conceptually, concierge, concurring, condemn, confederation, confound, conjecture, conjoint, connive, connoisseur, conscientious, conscription, conservative, conserve, console, conspire, constellation, constituent, constrain, construe, consul, contemporary, contender, contradictory, contravene, contrive, controversy, conundrum, conventional, convergent, convincing, convoluted convulsion, corroborate, corrugate, cowardice, cranky, crescent, croquette, crucifixion, culmination, culpable, Dainty, daunted, dawdle, dazzling, debacle, debonair, debutant, decommission, defray, dejection, delectable, demagogue, dementia, demolish, derby, dermis, descendant, deserving, despicable, detective, detrimental, devastate, deviate, devotion, dexterous, dialect, dialectologist, didactic, dilapidated, diminutive, disarm, discerning, disciple, discordant, disgruntled, disinherit, dissipate, distant, distinguish, disyllabic, diurnal, divergent, divert, docile, doctrine, doomed, downsize, draught, dreary, ductile, dunce, Earmuffs, eccentric, economical, egregious, elicit, eligibility, eloquence, emancipate, emollient, enamel, enchanted endearing, enduring, energise, enervate, enervating, enigmatic enlightened, ensemble, enticing, entomologist, enunciate, envisage, ephemeral, equilibrium, estuary, euthanasia, eventful, evolved, excruciating, exhilarating, expatriate, expository, exterminate, Facet, facetious, factoid, famished, façade, felicity, fervent, fidelity, flavonoids, flounce, fluctuate, fluorescent. forebode, forgiving, forsake, fracas, fraudulent, frivolous, fructose, fulminate, futuristic, Gabardine, garrulous, gauche, georgette, geranium, ghastly gingerly, glamorous, gratuity, grenadier, Hallucination, haste, heinous, heist, hermitage, hiss, histrionic homoeopathy, hydrophobia, hypochondria, hypotenuse, hypothalamus, hysterical, Idiolect, illogical, illumine, imagery, imitation, immaculate, impeccable, imperious, impertinent, impetus, implacable, impotent, impromptu, inchoate, indict, indignation, indispensable, inedible, ingenious, insomnia, intentional, interlocutor, intermittent, intonation, intransigent, invalidate, invigorating, irrevocable, isolation, janitor, Jeopardise, jewfish, jinx, Knapsack, Lacklustre, landlubber, lanky, lavish, lecherous, legalistic, legendry, leguminous, leukaemia, linchpin, linguist, liquorice, loathsome, lowbrow, lucrative, ludicrous, lumber, lustrous, Malicious, malignity, malodorous, maniac, manoeuvre, marsupial, mea culpa, megalomania, megawatt, menacing, mentee, merchandise, metalloid, meteoroid, mileage, millennium, misogynist, misquote, moderation, moist, monumental, muesli, murmur, mutilate Nasturtium, nebulous, negligence, negligent, nemesis, neophyte, nimble, nonchalant, nostalgic, nougat, novice, numismatist, Obituary, obscure, occurrence, odour, oenophile, oesophagus, offbeat, offshoot, onerous, originate, ornithologist, ostentatious, outrageous, Padre, palliate, paradigm, parched, parlance, parole, patronise, pedlar, penultimate, penurious, perplex, perseverance, perspicuous, persuasive, pertain, phenomenon, philanthropist, philatelist, philistine, philologist, philosopher, phosphoric, physiognomy, plagiarised, plume, plummet, poise, populace, porpoise, portcullis, portfolio, portmanteau, posterity, posthumously, postnuptial, pouffe, poultice, practical, precipitate, precursor, predicament, preponderance, preposterous, pretext, probability, proficient, progeny, prognosis, promptness, propaganda, prosecution, prosper, protocol, pulverised, Quaking, quibble, quintile, Rancour, ravenous, ravine, rebuff, recede, recompose, recondite, recuperate, recurrent, rehabilitation, reinstate, rejuvenate, relent, remoteness, renegade, renounce, renovate, repercussion, reprehensible, reprieve, repugnant, repulsive, requisition, residue, resilient, respectable, resplendent, resuscitation, retardation, retribution, revelation, reverberate, revere, reverie, revulsion, rhetoric, rhombus, rival, ruffian, Sabotage, sacrilege, salubrious, sanctimonious, sangfroid, sanguine, sauntering, scabbard, scholarly, scullery, segregation, senile, sensible, serendipity, sherpa, shirk, shuck, shudder, shun, silhouette, simulate, simulator, simulcast, sinuate, skedaddle, skilful, skulduggery, sleazebag, sleuthing, slingback, sloganeering, sluggish, smithereens, smokestack, snivelling, snorkelling, soapsuds, sobriquet, solicit, somersault, sophisticated, soppy, sparse, spectre, spendthrift, spontaneous, spurious, spurn, squadron, stagger, stalemate, stalwart, steak, stellar, stenographer, stoic, strand, strident, stunted, stupendous, subjective, subjugate, submissive, subterfuge, succumb, sumptuous, supernatural, surmount surreptitious, surveillance, susceptible, sycophantic, symmetrical, symphony, symptom, syndrome, Tandem, technophile, technophobe, teetotaller, telepathy, temperament, tenacious, tessellate, tetrahedron, therapeutic, thesaurus, thesis, thingamajig, thistledown, thrift, thumbscrew, thumping, tiddlywinks, timidity, tormentor, towering, treachery, treason, tremendous, trepidation, trespassers, trigonometry, tryst, turbulence, turbulent, turgid, turncoat, tussle, tutee, tutelage, Ubiquitous, uncivilised, undertake, unerringly, unguent, unlettered, unobtrusive, unpretentious, unrelenting, untoward, upbraid, uprising, urbane, usher, Valiant, valuation, vampire, vanish, vanquish, venerate, vengeance, verbiage, verbosity, verily, vestibule, vestige, veteran, vibrant, virile, virulent, Voilà, voluptuous, voracity, vulnerable, voluminous, Wanderlust, warble, watchful, waver, weariness, wiles willowy, winsome, wiry, witless, witticism, woo, woodlouse, wrangle, wreak, wriggle, writhe, Xenophobia, Zealot, zeppelin

Section 2

It's a Get, Set, Spell! section wherein students would be required to listen to audio and write the spellings of the word asked. The accent used in the audio files is Indian.
This section will be based on the above-given word list.

Upto 20%-30% of the questions may have words outside of the above list. For any improvements or suggestions, do write to us at

Please note that 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.

Q.1 Q.2 Q.3 Q.4 Q.5 Q.6 Q.7 Q.8 Q.9 Q.10


Choose the option in which both the blanks can be filled with the same letter:


Choose the word that will fit in one of the blanks:

According to the dictionary, when you develop photographs you ______ film which has been used to ______ photographs with chemicals so that the pictures can be ________.


In which word is ‘qu’ pronounced differently?


Choose the correct set of options for the blanks:

1. The four-________ dinner was appreciated by all the guests.
2. My cousin is thinking of doing a _________ in architecture.


How many meaningful words can you make by adding an 'e' to the following (without changing the order of the letters)?

wrtched, wrst, reverbrate, proficint, invigrating, valant


Match the words with their antonyms:

1. exhilarating a. therapeutic
2. detrimental b. tedious
3. untoward    c. appropriate


Choose the correct option:

Wanderlust comes from _________ and it means _____________.


Choose the correct option:

This comes from French and it means 'a private conversation'.


Choose the true statement/s:

1. A nightjar is a bird.
2. A bonsai is a small tree that is grown in a pot and prevented from reaching its normal size.
3. A kumquat is a fruit like a very small orange.


In which option are the given words arranged in alphabetical order?

1. hostage 2. horrify 3. horsemanship 4. hospitable

Your Score: 0/10

Answers to Previous Year Questions from CREST Olympiads:

Q.1dQ.2bQ.3aQ.4bQ.5cQ.6dQ.7aQ.8 b Q.9 d Q.10c

Download the CREST International Spell Bee (Winter) competition previous year paper pdf for class 8 from this page. Along with the questions, the answer key is also provided.

Class 8 CREST International Spell Bee (Winter) competition previous year papers are a great resource to help children achieve better results. The following are some benefits of solving past years papers -

  1. The reaction time of students to answer a question improves. As a result, students are able to complete the entire paper in a given time.
  2. Plays a major role in assessing the current exam preparation level.
  3. To gain a competitive edge in the CREST International Spell Bee (Winter) competition exam for class 8, students must practice previous years papers.

Additional Preparation Resource

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Note: Don’t forget to download the CREST International Spell Bee (Winter) competition past year paper pdf for class 8.

Answers to Previous Year Questions from CREST Olympiads:

Q.1 : d | Q.2 : b | Q.3 : a | Q.4 : b | Q.5 : c | Q.6 : d | Q.7 : a | Q.8 : b | Q.9 : d | Q.10 : c