Preliminary round with an expected 1,500 participants.
Written format: Pupils have to spell fifty words that will be read out to them. Each word will be used in a sentence, so the meaning and form of the word is clear. The top spellers will proceed to the zonal round.
Zonal round with an expected 80 participants across four zones.
Grand finals with an expected 20 participants.
Oral format: Pupils will be seated on stage and they will take turns to spell aloud words read to them by a Pronouncer. They can ask questions to help them with the spelling. Each participant will get a different word. A participant who spells the word wrongly or is unable to spell the given word within the time limit of one minute will be eliminated. The words will become increasingly difficult.
• Over $9,000 cash to be won.
The champion wins $5,000 and the school that he/she represents takes the Challenge Trophy.
• The first runner-up takes $3,000, and the second runner-up, $1,000.
For all Championship winners, all cash payments will be made directly into the winner's bank account in RHB Bank Berhad Singapore. Whilst the Book
Voucher and Certificate will be given to the winners, (1) if the winners are existing customers of RHB within fourteen (14) days of being notified by SPH. But if the winners are not the existing customers of RHB, these would be delivered to the winners when they open any bank account with RHB within thirty (30) days from the date the winners won the respective prizes.