RULES OF THE ORAL TEST (at the Placer County Office of Education)
1) Upon registration, each student will report to the designated area for their grade level.
2) Seating will be according to numbers issued at the time of registration.
3) The judges’ decisions shall be final on all questions. The event is taped and may be reviewed by the judges at any time.
4) During competition, the contestant will stand. The pronouncer will say the word, use it in a sentence and then repeat the word. The contestant MUST pronounce the word before spelling it and after spelling it.
5) The contestant may request the pronouncer to re-pronounce the word, define it or repeat the sentence. The contestant may ask for the language origin of a word. No other information about the etymology or history of a word will be given. The pronouncer shall grant all such requests until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the contestant. A reasonable length of time will be granted for the spelling of a word. The judges may disqualify any contestant who ignores a request to start spelling.
6) Having started to spell a word, a contestant may stop and start over, retracing the spelling from the beginning, but in the retracing there can be no change of letters and/or their sequence from those first pronounced. If letters and/or their sequence are changed in the respelling, the speller will be eliminated.
7) Upon missing the spelling of a word, the contestant is immediately dropped from the contest. The contestant is asked to remain on stage while the pronouncer gives the correct spelling of the word. The next word on the pronouncer’s list is given to the next contestant.
8) When the contestants are reduced to two (2), the elimination procedure changes. At that point, when one contestant misspells a word, the other contestant shall be given an opportunity to spell that same word. If the second contestant spells that word correctly, plus the next word on the pronouncer’s list, then the second contestant shall be declared the champion.
9) If one of the last two spellers misses and the other, after correcting the error, misspells the new word submitted to him/her, then the misspelled new word shall be referred to the first speller.
10) If the first speller then succeeds in correcting the error and correctly spells the next word on the pronouncer’s list, then he/she shall be declared the champion.
If both spellers misspell the same word, both shall continue in the contest, and the one who first misspelled the word shall be given a new word to spell. The contest shall then continue under rules 8 and 9.
11) Any question relating to the spelling of a word should be referred to the judges immediately. The deadline for making a protest is before the contestant affected would have received his/her next word had he/she stayed in the contest. No protest will be entertained after that word has been given to another contestant. When only two spellers remain, a protest must be made immediately, that is, before the second speller has started to spell the word given him/her, or, if both have missed the same word, before the correct spelling is given to the audience.
THE GRAND FINALS
1) Rules governing the oral test are in effect.